Karl Lagerfeld lived up to his Kaiser credentials yesterday when he showed his biannual haute couture collection for the house of Chanel in Paris.

Famed for elegant understatement – such things are relative – over and above high-octane image making, his clothes are designed to be worn in real life as well as on the catwalk.

This is true of the Chanel bouclé wool suit in particular, worn by some of his models yesterday, which is never more desirable than when hand-fitted, sewn and finished to suit every curve.