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The show

Spring-Summer 2010 Ready-To-Wear

The Chanel Summer 2010 is one of bucolic and rural light-heartedness. For this cheerful fashion show, Karl Lagerfeld installed a reproduction of a farm scene complete with barn, haystacks, and flower garlands in the heart of the Grand Palais, using Fragonard’s artworks and Marie Antoinette’s Hamlet at Versailles as his inspiration. In this idyllic décor, the Chanel models appeared in step with the joyous rhythms of this country farandole, which ended in a surprise concert by Lily Allen, who appeared in a flowery cabin from underneath the set.

The dusted colors of this summer collection are like those of the show’s atmosphere, made up of natural whites, creams, beiges, but also pink, coral and pale orange. The dresses have transparent elements, muslin veils, and pleats which heighten the waistline and enhance the silhouette. Leather clogs with studded heels and small baskets adorned with flowers and ones made of wicker and hessian accessorize the silhouettes.

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COCO CHANEL'S APARTMENT
WHEAT, A SYMBOL OF PROSPERITY

Wheat is a recurrent theme in Mademoiselle Chanel’s apartment. She made it her lucky charm, like a subtle metaphor for creativity that never ends…

In each room of the apartment, wheat makes an appearance: as a brass bouquet, in gilded wood on the sitting-room fireplace, as gilded sheaves for a table leg, or even as a simple blade painted for Mademoiselle by Dali.

Karl Lagerfeld in turn “sprinkled” ears of wheat throughout his Spring-Summer 2010 collection: showers of golden wheat ears were embroidered or cropped up on chain belts, bracelets, headbands, necklaces and shirt fronts.

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Front row

Spring-Summer 2010 Ready-To-Wear

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Fashion goes green

There was a bucolic, pastoral feel to the Grand Palais for Chanel’s Spring-Summer 2010 Ready-To-Wear show, as designed by Karl Lagerfeld. Against a stunning backdrop of gold and green straw, wood and wild grasses, models moved around a 9-metre high barn in a very “organic-generation” setting.

“I spent my childhood in the countryside. You hear a lot about the environment these days. I thought it would be interesting to put a fashion twist on it”, said Karl Lagerfeld. Proof that fashion and the environment can go hand in hand.

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The new handbag line chanel coco cocoon

The British singer Lily Allen proves to be perfect for the launch the new Coco Cocoon handbag line. She naturally won over Karl Lagerfeld. His photographs fully illustrate the style that marries the star and her bag. “She is extremely inspiring and is completely taken with the bags - with her typical English casualness!”

The Chanel Coco Cocoon collection will be released on October 3rd.

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Wintertale

Making of the Fall-Winter 2009/10 Ready-to-Wear campaign.

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COCO CHANEL'S APARTMENT
THE FROG AND ITS PENDANT

A gift to Gabrielle Chanel from Jacques Chazot, a famous dancer from the Opéra-Comique and well-known member of glittering Paris society, this frog with its open mouth, a symbol of good luck in Asia, was initially part of the decorations of a fountain before the designer decided to plate it in gold. She even let her guests believe that it was made from solid gold. One day, as Parisian designer Hubert de Givenchy was having tea with Gabrielle Chanel in her apartment at 31 rue Cambon, he found a pendant that had fallen from the chandelier in the living room, and placed it delicately in the frog’s mouth. Mademoiselle Chanel decided to keep the frog with its crystal pendant.

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