Trust the French to turn Fashion Week into three weeks of excitement, parties and photo-opportunities. Last Monday marked the beginning of the Spring/Summer shows of Haute Couture. Of the 20-plus designers who were scheduled to show over the four day I was only able to make it* to one: Chanel.
*And of course, by make it, I mean I had time during the day to stand outside the Grand Palais and photograph famous women who had tickets to see the runway show. Glad we cleared that one up.
Never mind that Thursday was the week of electronics-hell, since my camera was still working I had everything I needed. The show was scheduled to begin at 10h, and in the true spirit of all-things-fashionable, I arrived at quarter-til, hoping for a chance to spot anyone who strategically waited to arrive late.
Chanel + Karl Lagerfeld have shown at the Grand Palais for many seasons, and for good reason: the building is centrally located between the Champs Elysees and the Seine, with a grandious stone and glass exterior. The space inside is perfect to stage creatively set shows, and Chanel has taken advantage of this: who could forgot their carousel-themed center stage.