Finales and sets are the talking point of a Chanel show, whether it is couture or ready to wear and this collection was no different.  “Fashion is part of the events of our times,” stated Lagerfeld who showed the first eco-friendly couture collection yesterday in the Grand Palais.

Wood chips were used as beading, paillettes, and 3-D frills among techniques involving recycled paper and organic woven yarn. The wedding look was made from wild cotton. “This is high-fashion ecology. It must not look like some sloppy demonstration!”, said Karl.

Longer and midi lengths ruled the show as well as sportswear-sculpted silhouettes and inflated sleeve proportions for the signature tweed ensembles however the novelty of the styling laid on the sporran-like hip belt-bags revealing a hands-free season.