Karl Lagerfeld set up his Chanel couture show at the Grand Palais in Paris, with Americian actress Kristen Stewart as one of the guests.
She said: “I am very excited about the show, yes, I’ve never been to a Chanel show so I’m stoked.”
Karl Lagerfeld explained his thinking behind the collection: “It’s between yesterday and today or tomorrow. Yesterday and tomorrow. We are in between. And the good thing is that fashion has the big opportunity that it can go from the old world to the new world which is not the case for a lot of other things.”
Lagerfeld revealed his glittery version of the future in a bombed-out theatre, where the audience sat on old wooden chairs.
Chanel is perhaps the most heavily marketed label in France’s pool of fashion brands, with a fiercely loyal clientele across the globe.
Meanwhile, Giorgio Armani called his couture collection Nude, and pearly shades of yellow, pinks and beige set the mood at the Chaillot National Theatre.
He used skin coloured organzas and lace which seemed to almost melt into the models. Loose pleated trousers with marabou featuers cut a striking 1930s silhouette.
Elswhere, French singer M Pokora came to see Stephane Rolland’s latest collection – shown at the Paris Tennis Club – and inspired by Flamenco dancer Rafael Amargo.
Rolland said: “This time we are in Spain, 17th Century, Velazquez. You can see the court, the Royal Court at that moment. It was extremely rigorist with a lot of austerity. And I wanted to do something superchic, elegant but extremely graphic”
Centre stage was Amargo, who performed to a mix of classical and electronic music while interacting with the models.
Rolland’s 33 looks had some unusual features including vinyl, glass, plastic and optical glass mirror belts.