Karl Lagerfeld: Couture is about fantasy
Karl Lagerfeld's recent Chanel couture show was a "fantasy related to a reality".
The sumptuous presentation featured the likes of Kendall Jenner strutting her stuff on the Paris runway earlier this month. But as well as models, Karl also brought in A-list faces from the world of film and music to be part of his fantasy casino.
"The craftsmanship, the embroidery is already different and you can make it the most graphic, big effect in a way. In a way it's more fantasy than ready to wear. It's a fantasy, but a fantasy related to a reality," Karl explained in a video on elleuk.com.
"I like the idea of an elegant woman going to a casino wearing jewellery, like a fantasy. So I had the idea to take famous actresses like Julianne Moore, Kristen Stewart. I like the idea when you saw people beautifully dressed in casinos, gambling."
The actresses were joined by Rita Ora, Lily Collins and Vanessa Paradis. Vanessa's 16-year-old daughter with Johnny Depp, Lily-Rose, was also part of proceedings.
The collection was full of famous Chanel styles, with boxy jackets teamed with demure skirts a key look.
"Fashion has to follow everything that's going on in the world. And I like the idea of the most iconic jacket of the 20th century in a technique it was not even possible to imagine that one day such a thing could exist," Karl enthused.
"All the suits are embroidered, [there's] no tweed we buy. It's all embroidery. And of course we use chiffon and satin, but most of them are embroidered. Dresses with the little pearls, there are over a million pearls on the dress."