Florence Welch challenged the stunning beauty of Botticelli's The Birth Of Venus as she emerged from an enormous mock shell at the Chanel show in Paris on Tuesday. Karl Lagerfeld, the head designer of Chanel, transformed the Grand Palais in Paris into an underwater wonderland complete with giant shells and white coral.
"I was inspired by the movement of seaweed, its lightness, and by certain fish that have very modern shapes, like sting rays." Lagerfeld explained.
Elegant and futuristic at moments, the spring collection maintained the timeless sheen of Chanel. Life under the sea proved to rival that of dry land as precious pink, turquoise and blues, glittering sequins, and delicate chiffon creations glided down the catwalk. A blue and green translucent sequenced dress and jacket shimmered as if capturing the sunlight from the surface of the ocean. Another highlight included a pure white pearl necklace that starkly contrasted a black leather jacket creating a delicate and sexy look. Pearls continued to decorate the models, jackets, and accessories of the collection adding a marine-inspired lavishness to the line.
The mother pearl, and perhaps the most precious of them all proved to be Florence Welch who snatched the spotlight with a stunning performance. Singing from the inside of a seashell, the gorgeous singer opened and closed the show in supreme style, dressed in a white sequined couture Chanel dress. The radiant Ms. Welch showed that fire can indeed burn underwater as she charmed and dazzled onlookers with her scorching performance.