Making Out at Chanel

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The recession might not be over, but Chanel couldn't care less. While last season's show remained elegant and subdued, this season Karl went all out with Halloween worthy decorations, live music and a spectacular collection. The designer's time in Vermont has turned him positively country. Hay covered the aisles and floors and even the benches were covered with sleeves of distressed brown jute, stamped with double 'C's naturally. Heidi Mount opened, at the sound of a rooster's crow, and the rest of the girls popped out of a haystack in the middle of the Grand Palais. Eventually, Lily Allen popped out, too - she's probably the only face of Chanel to perform her talent mid-show - and gave the collection an upbeat soundtrack. The clothes however, were almost Victorian with swathes of gauze and big collars; Karl's rocker edge came through with skinny pants, chain belts and tough boots. Though there were clogs, too, paired with tiny party dresses. It was classic Chanel, which means everyone loved it. But no one loved as much as Freja and Lara, who jumped Karl's new favorite Baptiste in the haystack and then enjoyed their own kiss, sans boy. For a show that's always in the same place at the same time, you really never know what's going to happen. —REBECCA SUHRAWARDI AUSTIN