|Kendall Jenner wears one of the sleek gowns with mirrored embroidery designed by Karl Lagerfeld for Chanel's haute couture show in Paris. Cover picture of Lily Rose Depp on the runway by Lucile Perron|
|Art Deco, mirrored runway at Chanel|
"I wanted something impeccable ~ I think couture has to be flawless"
|Bella Hadid wearing a high-set belt|
Three of the models of the moment wore some of the most glamorous gowns of the runway show. Bella Hadid appeared in a halter neck black chiffon dress that flared from the high waist, falling to mid calf with a glimmering embroidered layer below. While Kendall Jenner’s silver gown was long and sleek finished with a wide band of white feathers. The cloud of pale pink organza that completed the finale was worn by Lagerfeld's current muse, Lily Rose Depp. Talking about her daughter walking in the show, singer and actress Vanessa Paradis said: " As a mother I was terrified but as a woman and artist, I was spellbound. It was like she was floating above the mirrors. And the dress was incredible. It was heavenly."
"I was spellbound. It was like she was floating above the mirrors. The dress was heavenly"
It was Depp's second appearance on the catwalk for Chanel after her debut in December at the house's Métiers d'Art show. She has also represented Chanel for an eyewear campaign in 2015 and is the face of the fragrance, Chanel No.5 L'eau. Vanessa Paradis has also been a long time muse for Lagerfeld. During the 1990s she starred in the campaign for L'esprit de Chanel perfume, and has since been the face of Rouge Coco lipstick plus accessories campaigns. For this show, she watched her daughter from the front row and was rewarded with a broad smile.
|Lily Rose Depp and designer Karl Lagerfeld|
Lagerfeld contrasted the delicacy of the collection with slicked back hair and crinkled, top hats. "I thought it was very funny, the little hat, like squashed top hats,'' he said. The femininity was enhanced with the defined, raised waists and the wide belts that accentuated the hips, low-cut décolletés and faux pearl jewellery transformed into anklets. This was in contrast to the dresses with straight, tubular lines. The limited palette was dominated by white, silver and grey, made brilliant with metallic, sparkling panels. A chorus of other muted colours included pastel pink, yellow, blue and green, worn with silver-leather high heels, or thigh-high boots.
"Normally we don't drape much at Chanel. But the drapery has to be flawless, the pleats have to be perfect"
|Iridescent tweed suit with top hat|
At the end of the show, Lily Rose Depp walked out on the arm of Lagerfeld in the frothy wedding gown of diaphanous pale pink organza. Watching from the front row were an unusually low key crowd including Anna Mouglalis, Caroline de Maigret, Japanese artist G-Dragon, the singer Cécile Cassel and English actress Lucy Boynton as well as French actresses Laura Smet and Karidja Touré.
|High waists and full skirts gave Lagerfeld's new collection for Chanel haute couture a new silhouette|
|The House's four couture ateliers created the mirrored embroidery on the evening gowns that reflected the Art Deco setting|
|Slim, column dresses with marabou trim provided a contrast to the full-skirted gowns|
|Thigh high boots were worn with layers of fine organza and wide, silver belts|
|Top hats and neat suits and dresses reinterpreted Jackie Onassis's signature looks|
|Bright iridescent colour enlivened the classic Chanel suit|