Karl Lagerfeld brings Greece to Paris for Chanel's spectacular presentation

Opting out of a Greek location for the Chanel Cruise 2018 collection, Karl Lagerfeld instead decided to recreate the Temple of Poseidon in an upstairs hall of the Grand Palais. Replete with grand columns and the sparkling Mediterranean sun, recreated by powerful lighting, the Galerie Courbe was transformed into an ancient ruin. Lining the front row were Chanel favourites Keira Knightley, Cara Delevingne and Caroline de Maigret.

Models, strapped into heeled gladiator sandals walked through the site in looks fit for Grecian goddesses in swathes of diaphanous, liquid silk, intricate tweed and pleated burlap in earthy, neutral tones, glittering with a treasure chest's-worth of gold coin buttons, jewelled hair clips and accessories trimmed in gold leaves.

"I see Greece as the origin of beauty and culture, where there was a wonderful freedom of movement that has since vanished," the Kaiser told press backstage. Although admitting in the runway notes, "It had nothing to do with a country. Reality is of no interest to me. I use what I like. My Greece is an idea."

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