If you ask Karl Lagerfeld, white is definitely the new black. His couture catwalk for Chanel was awash with a whiter shade of pale yesterday, as couturiers battle to keep this art form alive. Wool skirts atop with box jackets gave the Chanel skirt suit a new identity, while oversized origami headdresses provided the necessary OTT (Over The Top) element. Inspired by the blank page, Lagerfeld's delicately cut designs often flashed with black in beads on bolero jackets and shiny waist belts.

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