The City Of Paris Is To Award Karl Lagerfeld At The Chanel Couture Show

The iconic designer will be honored by Mayor Anne Hidalgo with the highest distinction the city can offer

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Paris has long been proud of its honorary Frenchman, who is as intrinsic to the fabric of the city as Chanel itself.

Now, it is rewarding the iconic designer with a huge gesture at Chanel's upcoming Couture Show, which will take place in Paris this Tuesday.

The Mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo, will decorate Lagerfeld with a Grand Vermeil medal - the highest distinction the city can offer. The award was established in 1911 to recognize remarkable achievements in the service of the French capital.

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It's a pretty huge deal, basically.

Lagerfeld is being given the award due to his efforts to bring high-spending visitors and international press back to Paris, having staged six shows in a row in the French capital in the last year alone.

Known for his elaborate, out-of-this-world sets, his recent shows have included a 35-meter high rocket ship, which actually took off towards the ceiling of the Grand Palais, and reproductions of the Parthénon and Temple of Poseidon.

Last December, Lagerfeld took over the recently revamped Ritz Paris to hold Chanel's Métiers d'Art collection in, which he titled 'Paris Cosmopolite' to evoke a time when elegant women from around the world converged on the mythic Place Vendôme hotel.

Throughout the years, the silver-haired, leather glove-wearing icon has transformed the Grand Palais into an icy glacier, a Chanel supermarket, a fairground complete with huge Chanel carousel, and an eerie, woodland forest.

So it is only fitting that this famous Parisian setting is where Lagerfeld will be honoured for his contributions to the city.

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