There is more haute couture in Paris this year than for some time. But is it relevant?
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Karl Lagerfeld does not do things by halves. The Chanel designer has previously transformed the grand expanse of Paris’ monumental Grand Palais into a wind farm, an underwater lagoon and once even filled the landscape with giant crystals erupting from the ground.
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Karl Lagerfeld installed a suitably polished wind farm in the monumental Grand Palais for his show for Chanel in Paris yesterday. In terms of scale, this was the biggest production of the week – there was more floor space, more models, more clothes and a larger audience. As an exercise in sheer power, then, it was unprecedented as befits a fashion brand widely believed to be the most successful in the world, though not one generally famed for its conservative carbon footprint.
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