As I caught a glimpse of the catwalk at the Chanel show held this morning in the Nave of the Grand Palais, it was difficult to put into words - after all, it's not everyday you see gigantic wind turbines erected inside a 19th century building, standing on a tiled solar panel floor beneath the largest glass roof in Europe. True to form, ever eccentric Karl Lagerfeld created a dramatic setting for his show, however; despite the runway resembling a wind farm (albeit the chicest wind farm you've ever seen) we soon realised that the Chanel SS13 collection wasn't about to make an ecological stand at Paris Fashion Week.

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As the front row overflowed with stars like Jennifer Lopez, Kanye West, Poppy Delevigne and Laura Bailey, the show opened with something Chanel does best; monochrome. Models walked on air down the runway dressed in leather skirts, leather trim cropped jackets and dresses dotted with embellished pearls, whilst huge pearl clustered chokers were strung at the throat and a singular pearl band held back the simple centre parted hair - Karl stripped back the trademarks, but focused in on the pearls, providing a sense of modern familiarity.

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Inspired by Karl's need for air whilst sketching in Central Park on an exceptionally hot day, the collection (boasting 83 looks in total) drew heavily on the graphic qualities of solar panels, the fluidity of wind power and the cleanliness of fresh air. Thick blocked hems began to emerge alongside ribbed fabrics, quilting and boater hats featuring oversized see-through brims. Extreme cropped jackets with large fan like collars and pearl buttons appeared in bell shapes, and colour suddenly popped, with block coloured primary tweeds detailing neon trims and embossed waffle knits with exaggerated round sleeves taking centre stage.

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The tweed continued in youthful skirt suits, broken up by geometric shapes and lines reflecting the solar panels on the catwalk (one sequined strapless blue dress in particular shimmered and danced in the light) and then, in between the appliquéd candy colours, the loose woven knits and the beautiful purple tweed coats came THE bag that caused a storm on Twitter - the huge hulahoop beach bag, carried by a model wearing a sheer black one piece with tweed inserts. I wonder who we'll see carrying it first? The tweed continued in youthful skirt suits, broken up by geometric shapes and lines reflecting the solar panels on the catwalk (one sequined strapless blue dress in particular shimmered and danced in the light) and then, in between the appliquéd candy colours, the loose woven knits and the beautiful purple tweed coats came THE bag that caused a storm on Twitter - a huge hulahoop white beach bag, carried by a model wearing a sheer black one piece with tweed inserts. I wonder who we'll see carrying it first?

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Finishing with a flourish, the show exhibited black organza dresses covered in sequins and colourful leafy embellishment, shimmering black and gold quilted gowns and light strapless column dresses embroidered with intricate floral and fauna.

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