You think you've seen it all. You think Chanel have shot themselves in the foot by creating such elaborate, show-stopping events to mark its collections. The barn dance with Lily Allen
, the life-size iceberg, there's no topping that? Oh ye of little faith...
re-created Versailles complete with three fountains, pebbles underfoot and three miles of front row for Chanel's Spring/Summer 2011 show in the Grand Palais.
A fleet of models - double the amount at most shows - gracefully flooded the scene in a mixture of light as air blues and pinks befitting a garden party, to gothic black tulle and feathered gowns. Navy boucle jackets and coats were moth-eaten, feathers tiered baby blue tweed dresses and frayed edges hemmed deep pocket carpet coats.
Cream and pewter jackets had structured shoulders and were worn with tiny matching shorts, black gauze shifts tumbled over longer stiff white skirts and the double C logo ran along hems.
This show had it all; from a baby boy toddling around the vast space in an infant Chanel jacket (for which the waiting list has surely already begun in the Middle East and Asia...), to former Chanel muse Ines de la Fressange taking the finale and looking 'beyond stunning' to borrow from King Karl.
Chanel always manages to breath life, excitement and drama in to fashion just when you're feeling complacent. Now, whatever can he do next year...?
Click here to see the full show...