Chanel's Spring '18 Set Involved A 30-Foot Waterfall

There may be a lot of talk about Chanel's appeal to Generation Z, but Karl Lagerfeld knows how to look forward while also looking back. For spring 2018, Chanel's contemporary water nymphs were as bold as they were beautiful, and as classic as they were modern. Among the traditional tweeds and quilted bags were PVC plastic knee-highs and wide-legged denim; more expected silhouettes were frayed and embellished with lurex, and party dressed were toughened up with plastic accessories.

It wouldn't be the last day of Paris Fashion Week without an awe-inspiring grand finale to a month of shows, and with a larger-than-life set (described by the brand as an "ephemeral landscape"), and a collection to match, it's like every time the world thinks Lagerfeld's tenure at the label could be coming to an end, he pushes fashion even further than we ever thought possible.

Here's three must-know moments from spring 2018.

Kaia Gerber Opened The Show
While Chanel regulars Lily-Rose Depp, Cara Delevingne, and Kendall Jenner were notably absent, the new generation of social media supermodels, including Kaia Gerber, who opened the show as mom Cindy Crawford watched from the front row, and Adwoa Aboah, were joined on the catwalk by Arizona Muse, Mariacarla Boscono, Charlotte Free, and Soo Joo Park.
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Lagerfeld Recreated The Verdon Gorge
Chanel surpassed all previous installations — including last season's space shuttle — with the largest set in the French fashion house's history. For spring 2018, Karl Lagerfeld recreated the Verdon Gorge (a river canyon in Provence, France) in the Grand Palais, complete with six waterfalls and streams. But before you ponder on the expense — and, more importantly, the waste and carbon footprint of recreating such an impressive scene — all of the water used was recycled, and the real plants placed around the verdant show space will soon be replanted.
Even The Bags Had Raincoats
Each model was well equipped for water, wearing knee-high plastic boots, transparent hooded waterproof coats over classic bouclé twinsets, and tweed-trimmed shorts with see-through gloves and plastic wide-brimmed hats. Bags were aquamarine and pearlescent to continue the water theme, with some even having plastic covers that resembled mini raincoats.

The palette of the clothes varied from cream, pink, and black ruffled dresses and blouses to turquoise, green and iridescent gowns that reflected the "natural" surroundings. Jewelry was piled on, from glittering cuffs and beaded chokers to huge drop earrings and layers of pearl chains — pieces we're betting will be instant best-sellers.