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Couture Week is all about the big designers and what heights they can achieve. For Chanel's Spring/Summer 2011 collection, grandeur seemed to take a back seat instead Karl Lagerfeld allowed the garments to take center stage. The entirely wearable collection was all about the workmanship - delicate web-like embroideries, millions of tiny pearls, beads and crystals. Softer colours in pale pink and blue were taken from the pastel palette of Marie Laurencin, a French painter and printmaker. Drop waist Chanel jackets with shiny sashes were paired with wet-look leggings.

Other highlights included billowing gowns with long sweeping hemlines, sheer metallic tunics, and barely-there dress coats. Completing the show was veteran model Kristen McMenamy, who appeared as the Chanel bride in a pink crystal sleeveless top and skirt embroidered with feathers. "[It's] my second time," she said. "I wore Chanel when I got married in London 12 years ago - and Karl gave me away."

Click play on video to see the full runway show...