This week's Chanel 2010 pre-fall show was as spectacular as ever, taking place against a beautiful backdrop of the neon-lit Shanghai night sky
Karl Lagerfeld once again exceeded all expectations, producing a simply spectacular Chanel pre-fall 2010 show.
The collection, entitled Paris Shanghai, was a fusion of East-meets-West, and inspired by all things oriental - including the Terracotta Army, romantic Chinese cinema and the opulence of the imperial court.
The models travelled from all over the world to take part in the Shanghai-based show, which was set on an 85 metre-long barge on the Huangpu river, with the city's neon-lit skyscrapers creating a fantastical backdrop.
The time-honoured monochrome colour palette was infused with bright bursts of cherry red and electric blue, while the customary tweed two-pieces were interspersed with heavily-embellished tunics, kimono-style patterned dresses and traditional Chinese conical hats.
As a prelude to the show, Karl wrote and directed a mini-movie, entitled Paris Shanghai, A Fantasy - which tells the story of Coco Chanel's imagined voyage to China.
What do you think of the East-meets-West Chanel Pre-Fall 2010 collection? Let us know your thoughts in the comments box below.
Marie Claire Newsletter
Celebrity news, beauty, fashion advice, and fascinating features, delivered straight to your inbox!
The leading destination for fashion, beauty, shopping and finger-on-the-pulse views on the latest issues. Marie Claire's travel content helps you delight in discovering new destinations around the globe, offering a unique – and sometimes unchartered – travel experience. From new hotel openings to the destinations tipped to take over our travel calendars, this iconic name has it covered.
Forget the South of France in summer, winter’s the time to go
By Penny Goldstone
The biggest dating trends for 2024 might just get you back on the apps
Feeling jaded by modern dating? Take a look at this
By Lauren Hughes
The jeans all the cool girls are wearing have just dropped at NET-A-PORTER
This is the denim brand you need to know about
By Natalie Hughes