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.
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