The magic of a well-crafted runway show doesn't lie solely in the clothes. Everything from the location to the lighting to the props all deeply enhance the experience of what the brand and designer want to convey for the collection. From the moment the first model steps into the spotlight to when the designer takes their final bow, the experience is perhaps most important. Taking this and the beginning of Paris Fashion Week into consideration, we couldn't help but ogle over the vast archive of Chanel's glorious runway sets, and are excited to present our 11 favorites. Dream on!
The Theme: Art Show
Fun Fact: The pieces were designed and drawn by Karl Lagerfeld, and finished by his studio.
The Theme: Crumbling Theater Meets Futuristic City
Fun Fact: An eery phonograph's recordings played before the show began, adding to the post-apocalyptic feel of it all.
The Theme: Bombay
Fun Fact: The front row sat at the Maharaja's table.
The Theme: Underwater
Fun Fact: Florence Welch performed to the audience within a giant seashell.
The Theme: Barnyard
Fun Fact: Karl Lagerfeld spent part of his childhood on a farm.
The Theme: 31 Rue Cambon
Fun Fact: The storefront was recreated to scale, and the invitations were made to look exactly like the set.
The Theme: Garden
Fun Fact: It took 6 months to make the 300 flowers on set.
The Theme: Supermarket
Fun Fact: Over 500 actual supermarket products were repackaged and relabeled for the supermarket set.
The Theme: Crystals
Fun Fact: The models wore strips of crystal in their eyebrows.
The Theme: Carousel
Fun Fact: It actually spun!
The Theme: Iceberg
Fun Fact: The iceberg was flown in from Sweden, and took 35 sculptors from around the world six days to perfect the shape.
Which show is your favorite? Share your thoughts in the comments!