Chanel

One of the favorite sports practiced by Karl Lagerfeld is laying out more and more money on the scenography for his Chanel collections, creating spectacle after spectacle each season at the Grand Palais. This season was no exception as he recreated the Hameau de la Reine, Marie Antoinette’s farm retreat at Versailles. Talk about Little House on the Prairie, if the house weren’t so big. The 76-year-old couturier treated his audience—which included Prince—to some down-home entertainment with a parade of chic boho-country girls, ending with a live hoedown-style performance by Lily Allen, who emerged with her band out of a trapdoor in the floor. Never has rustic been so à la mode at rue Cambon, and the high-low mix was deliciously playful: rough-edged tweed suits, blousons seemingly made out of burlap, floral dresses, poppy prints, high-waisted denims, church bell-shaped skirts, basket-weave bags and the surprise hit of the season, clogs. The fashion statement will make for an interesting way to swipe your credit card next season—after all, those bales of hay don’t come cheap.


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