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Lagerfeld celebrates Chanel story with 'chic, sexy' show

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Couturier Karl Lagerfeld on Tuesday celebrated the story of French fashion house Chanel in a show taking as its centrepiece a huge globe showing how it has extended its tentacles worldwide.

Princess Caroline of Monaco, photographer Mario Testino and actresses Jessica Chastain and Vanessa Paradis were among those attending the show on the penultimate day of Paris fashion week at the city's Grand Palais.

"It's very simple. One hundred years ago Chanel opened its first boutique at Deauville, today 100 years after there are 300" outlets worldwide, Lagerfeld told AFP after the show.

After Deauville, Coco Chanel, who died in 1971, opened another boutique at Biarritz in 1915.

Lagerfeld's autumn/winter 2013/14 ready-to-wear collection featured knitwear, short wool suits and column dresses teamed with "double" boots comprising a second legging-type element extending over the knee.

"It's chic sexy, I think, discreet sexy, it's not obvious, it's not sex shop sexy," he said, explaining that the boots gave "balance and proportion" to the look.

Lagerfeld added that he loved knitwear and column dresses which he said made girls look "tall and slender".

Chastain said she "loved everything" about the collection especially the way he was able to combine elegance and romance.

"Many pieces were quintessential Coco… like the low-waisted dresses," she said.

"Karl makes everything look very wearable. I found it all extraordinary," she added.

Vanessa Paradis was equally impressed.

"I loved it," she said. "The show amazed me."

Nine days of ready-to-wear fashion shows are due to wrap up on Wednesday.

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