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At first glance it didn't seem like the usual Chanel show, but then what is a 'usual' Chanel show these days? Karl Lagerfeld constructed an apocalyptic world using black sand, volcanic rocks and a smoky haze which carried over to his A/W '11 ready-to-wear collection. Sitting perched on the front row was Alexa Chung and Lily Allen, who is in Paris to discuss her wedding dress plans with the Kaiser.

Based on a mostly dark palette, Lagerfeld reinvented Chanel's signature ladylike style into something a little edgier and grungier. From the moment the models stepped out of the the Chanel logo perfume box it was time to get a little rock 'n' roll. To the soundtrack of The Clash, models hit the runway in metallic tweed, skinny black jeans, long capes, and jumpsuits. For evening, Lagerfeld injected metallics, lace, organza, tulle, and black sequins into his fall offering. There was a dash of colour here and there in red and green, but overall it was all about going over to the dark side.

Click on for a video of the show...