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Leave it to Karl Lagerfeld to make a hula hoop bag cool, or to at least have a really good justification as to why it should be cool. He says he made it just for the beach because people need space to hang their beach towels, and “you can put in into the sand and hang things on it.” Who knew Karl had a practical side? Although with the price tag that’ll probably come attached to the bag/towel rack, it won’t be the most practical choice for beachgoers.

Anyways, the Chanel show at Paris Fashion Week was beautiful as always, and the Spring 2013 collection blew everyone away more than usual…literally. Karl has previously created show sets using icebergs and crystal caves, but this time around he placed giant moving wind turbines along the runway. He also covered the runway with what looked like solar energy panels.

When it came to the clothes, Karl proved once again that he has the ability to constantly update his designs for Chanel without drastically reinventing the brand. He sent his traditional jackets down the runway, but with more volume in the shoulders, or cropped and dyed a bright color. Many of the silhouettes involved these cropped jackets and A-line skirts. Lagerfeld favored the skirt dress too, which was pulled up and structured with a bustier underneath. The grid patterns were made to mimic the paneled floor, while shirtdresses were show in chambray. The leafy appliques and 3D floral embroidery, along with pearls placed on many of the pieces, were part of Karl’s “desire for lightness.”

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 The models’ hair was styled in messy buns, which were finished with a hair tie decorated with a pearl emblazoned with the famous Chanel symbol. As for the models’ makeup, they had dark gray metallic eye shadow all the way up their brow bones.

The front row at the show was full of celebrities, including Jennifer Lopez, who brought along her much-younger boy toy and her 4-year-old daughter Emme. They were seated next to Largerfeld’s muse Baptiste Giabiconi. Kanye West was also there, along with Rachel Zoe and her husband Rodger Berman.