Karl Lagerfeld is no stranger to over-the-top runway shows (he has orchestrated airport and grocery-inspired shows, mind you). Now, the legendary couturier has once again proved that he still has it when he decided to adorn the Grand Palais with a 125-feet replica of the iconic Eiffel Tower, for perusal as a backdrop in Chanel’s Fall/Winter 2017 couture show.
Don’t be fooled though, the 46-pound replica of one of the world’s most well-loved monument only seemed to extend through the Grand Palais’ ceiling but it didn’t actually cut through the fragile glass roof—all thanks to the illusion of steam clouds.
Lagerfeld was heavily inspired by the Eiffel Tower’s being mechanical thus, the steel-colored couture collection. The show also boasted of black patent lace-up boots, bowler hats, and leg-of-mutton sleeves reminiscent of steampunk and the Belle Époque era.
As a token of her appreciation for the extravagant celebration of Parisian finery, city Mayor Anne Hidalgo presented Lagerfeld with the La Medaille Grand Vermeil, the highest honor Paris has to offer.
Gracing the show was Chanel muse Kristen Stewart who turned up in a sparkly catsuit and sporting her platinum blonde buzzcut.
Also present were prominent personalities with the likes of Tilda Swinton, Pharell Williams, Tracee Ellis Ross, Cara Delevingne, and more.