Plaid-Clad Karl Lagerfeld Hosted His Chanel Cruise Show At Versailles

Last year’s Chanel cruise show was held in swoon-worthy Cap d’Antibes on the French Riviera. This year Karl Lagerfeld somehow upped the fancy factor by hosting the show at Versailles. Let’s discuss things!

The Clothes: The Marie Antoinette-inspired duds were — shocker! — quite lovely! We especially love the multicolored tiered mini paired with a sequined jacket. We would wear the hell of that. Some of the swimwear and a couple denim outfits were perplexing, but the dresses were beautiful. Also, white-soled creepers! Down with heels! Etc!

The Beauty: All the models wore short bobs with bangs, some in black and some in pastels (pink! purple!). The reddish-pink eye shadow situation is the perfect example of runway makeup that really wouldn’t work in the real world. We do dig the interlocking C beauty marks though. Those would surely work IRL.

The Atmosphere: Versailles is so green and fountain-filled and FANCY. Also fancy? Quilted Chanel watering can handbags. (Yes, these exist!) The little tents were perfect for a sunny day like today, and the seat pillows were a classy touch.

The Guests: The show did not draw the most exciting of crowds, to be honest. But Tilda Swinton being there sort of makes up for everyone else not being there? When she posed with Karl, it was like two amazing aliens descended upon Earth to spread exquisite taste and general weirdness. Vanessa Paradis was also there, as were Ines de la Fressange and Alice Dellal.

The Kaiser: Karl seriously departed from his standard uniform. Well, not so much departed as spruced up. He wore jeans! And brown suede boots! And a matching plaid shirt-and-tie combo! Motorcycle gloves obviously topped off the ensemble.

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