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A Brief History of Chanel’s Most Elaborate Runway Shows

Let's take a walk down memory lane, Chanel style. You'll never run out of party themes and ideas after this.
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When it comes to runway sets, it’s hard to one up Chanel. Season after season, Karl Lagerfeld and crew push the limits of what one expects from a runway show. We’ve seen carousels, supermarkets, airports, boulangeries, zen gardens and faux film sets, just to name a few. Chanel has also flown its collections to countless cities outside Paris, from Edinburgh to Dubai, each show complete with looks and a set themed to the host city.

Every time you think that Chanel cannot possibly top itself, it does. Even when the set for the season is relatively “pared down”, it’s still pretty damn spectacular. Take the “Front Row Only” Fall/Winter 2016 show, or Tuesday’s Fall Couture show, where Chanel transformed the Grand Palais into its atelier for the day. There were mannequins, rolls of fabric, sewing machines and actual Chanel staff going about their work. The devil’s in the details at Chanel. Of course, if you want to talk about details, the Chanel Supermarket from Fall/Winter 2014 deserves prime mention. That one takes the cake, really, no pun intended.

Chanel has a long history, which means plenty of crazy, incredible and extravagant sets to revisit. In the light of Chanel’s most recent set win, we’ve compiled some of our all-time favourite Chanel sets in the gallery above. What do you say – shall we take a little stroll down memory lane? Get a little fashion education?

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