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FRENCH PASTORAL

Karl Lagerfeld took his Chanel girls to the countryside for spring. Inspired by Marie Antoinette’s jaunts to the Petit Trianon, he sent out looks fit for a weekend getaway to Versailles. Consistently finding new inspiration in Coco’s classics, Lagerfeld re-imagined the skirt suit, using double-layered lace in peach and white for one version and inserting mesh panels into a butter-colored plaid for another that was paired with a top made from sequined strips of chiffon that resembled feathers. Gutsy strips of satin were used to knit an A-line dress and matching bag in classic cream, black and pink. The widened hip became an important element for silhouettes, with many skirts and dresses falling at almost a 45-degree angle from the waist. Red, white and blue stripes bordered a sweet floral frock, a reminder of the house’s deeply French sensibility. Like modern-day versions of Marie Antoinette frolicking in her faux-shepardess ensemble, some of the models tapped at their cell phones as they traipsed around mounds of hay in chic clogs. These fancy girls aren’t going to get their hands dirty.

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