PHOTOS: Chanel Couture Featured 10 Million Beads, Pointy Flats

Chanel‘s spring couture show was incredibly pretty. It really was. But… we like our couture dramatic and daring, and Karl‘s version of couture generally errs on the side of sweet. Which is to say, it’s really pretty… but in a safe and saccharine sort of way.

Regardless, the handiwork that went into creating the garments (10 million beads were used in this collection alone) and set (a replica of Coco‘s Rue Cambon salon) is astounding. Still, there were some elements that we don’t want to see in couture shows — namely pants and pointy flats. Then again, there’s something to be said for making couture at least somewhat wearable, right? Stella Tennant wore the collection’s only truly colorful piece, but it felt out of place among all the pastels. Totally awesome though? Kristen McMenamy as the Chanel bride, closing out the show in a stunning embellished top and feather-adorned skirt and a head full of gorgeous gray hair.

And finally, check out this finale. No matter what anyone says, Karl knows how to make a statement.

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