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Sneakers underpin Chanel's breezy couture creations

Published on Jan 22, 2014 6:14 AM

PARIS (AFP) - Chanel on Tuesday opted for a relaxed, airy look for its Spring-Summer 2014 haute couture collection, sending its models down the Paris catwalk wearing breezy pastels and tennis shoes.

The mood was in stark contrast to its Fall-Winter show last July, whose set evoked a bombed-out theatre.

Head designer Karl Lagerfeld said Tuesday's bright white decor was meant to suggest a "nightclub in another galaxy".

Top British grunge model Cara Delevingne took a star turn to kick off the show, bouncing down a stairway in a white body-hugging brocade two-piece skirt suit with tennis shoes on her feet as French singer-songwriter Sebastien Tellier provided a keyboard accompaniment.

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