Chanel Threw a Magical Garden Party for Its Couture Show

Complete with model Baptiste Giabiconi wielding a Chanel watering can.
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Complete with model Baptiste Giabiconi wielding a Chanel watering can.
A look at the intricate Chanel set. Photo: Imaxtree

A look at the intricate Chanel set. Photo: Imaxtree

You never quite know where Karl Lagerfeld is going to take you when he puts on a Chanel show — to the supermarket? On a carousel? Under the sea? — but one thing is certain: the scene is going to be something out of your wildest fantasies. Tuesday's Chanel couture show in Paris was no exception, and the audience was transported to a lush, tropical greenhouse filled with manmade flora of a magnificent scale that bloomed as the show began. 

To get the garden party started, Lagerfeld's muse Baptiste Giabiconi tended to the plant life with a quilted Chanel watering can, wearing a straw hat and cropped pants. The looks that followed were as colorful as they come, and seemed to consist of every shade and texture found in nature. Standout pieces included dresses and skirts adorned with silk flower appliqués; an embroidered, sequined coat that looked like a honeycomb from afar; fairy tale-like dresses in tulle with lots of texture and sparkling embroidery and the ethereal "wedding" dress that closed out the show, complete with a full trailing skirt made from fabric flowers. Instead of flower girls, this Chanel bride had flower boys: Male models following her with over-the-top bouquets. Now that's a Lagerfeld signature if we've ever seen one.

 Click through the gallery to see the collection in full.