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Shanghai, Huangpu River, December 3rd, 2009. The set of the show: the Pudong skyline. “We cannot rebuild it so we made a boat with a set where you can see Shanghai. It’s a black crystal box with a view on Shanghai.” explains Karl Lagerfeld.

As a prelude, Karl Lagerfeld's film. Screens disappear and reveal a panoramic view of the Pudong skyscrapers.

Karl Lagerfeld revisits the Eastern Empire: “China has always been present in art, decoration, statues, Coromandel screens. The French have always liked Chinese art and all that side of the world has been really inspiring for decoration in Europe since the 17th and 18th century.”

The collection brings together the expert skill of the Parisian artisans and the Chanel ateliers: “The strength of the collection results from its refinement. You need to have a close look and almost feel the fabric to understand how it was made and to appreciate the know how.” Karl Lagerfeld.

Among the 800 guests: Vanessa Paradis, Zhou Xun, young actresses from the Asian scene and Chanel ambassadress Anna Mouglalis.