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Chanel Haute Couture: hot flower boys and more

Bare midriffs, a stage that actually blooms and the fussiest hats; Karl Lagerfeld really knows how to put on a show

By Andrea Tim | Published: 28 Jan 2015

Chanel Haute Couture
Photo: Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images

Spring was in full bloom at the Chanel Haute Couture show yesterday, where very attractive gardeners watered Karl Lagerfeld's runway into (colourful) life using a watering can branded with the double-C logo.

There to witness the mechanical spectacle firsthand were Chanel's handbag campaign leading ladies Kristen Stewart, Vanessa Paradis and Alice Dellal, who sat pretty on the front row with the likes of Dylan Penn, Erin O'Connor, Kris Jenner, G-Dragon and Ines de la Fressange.

Most if not all wore Chanel, naturally, and kept to the monochrome palette, with Kristen looking particularly lady-like (pout included) in a sleeveless mini dress. Ines, ever the classy minimalist, wore a plain black trench over her cardigan and white shirt, with a pair of crochet gloves and pearl necklaces to accessorise. A more daring Kris flashed some skin in see-through pants, paired with a tweed coat.

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Kendall Jenner, Lindsey Wixson and Joan Smalls were part of the Chanel runway army; a sock-boot-wearing army, to be exact. As usual, the Chanel couture bride closed the show. She wasn't pregnant this time, but she did wear the most flowery and frilly train you've ever seen, with the same gardeners from before serving as flower boys.

The collection transitioned from familiar ensembles and ones with bare midriffs to fringed tweed and flowy skirts before the more flowery looks came in. The organza hats and fluffy beanies were not exempt from Karl's whimsy; worn with face nets, these unusual headpieces were as much the talk of the show as the gorgeous floral appliqué.

(Photo: Imaxtree.com)

One wouldn't necessarily call the collection 'dreamy', but when your skirt (and hat) essentially has a garden on it, it's hard not to feel inclined to. After all, Karl put a garden that burst into colour at the centre of his set, so it's all within the theme.

Related: Chanel Haute Couture SS15


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