On Monday evening, Marie-Antoinette's former home greeted a flock of A-list guests, like Tilda Swinton and Vanessa Paradis, who were chauffeured to Versailles to attend the 2013 Chanel Resort Collection. Over a remix of MIA's Bad Girls, the models strolled through the golden gravel wearing creeper platform sneakers (Alexa Chung must be delighted!) and chambray frocks that Marie-Antoinette herself would have worn if she had grown up in London in the 70s. Chanel Make-Up creative director, Peter Philips, enhanced the look with a velvet Chanel logo, a wink to the symbolic teardrop tattoo, and hair stylist, Sam McKnight, iced the cake with what he calls the ''bob-tops''. The hand-coloured wigs were chopped off at the back, popped on top of a ponytail and finished with a pastel-coloured bow, resembling how Kate Middleton's hair would look like if she donned the rainbow hair trend sported by Katy Perry and Nicki Minaj.
It was on the eve of the French political shift that Karl Lagerfeld played the Sun King in his punk version of Marie-Antoinette featuring model Cara Delevingne. While Sofia Coppola's version made us bow down to the awesomeness of candy-coloured macarons, Lagerfeld's version made us crave sugary-pastel ruffled pannier shorts. The hundreds of guests seated in custom-built canopied pavillons gleefully witnessed the display of eighteenth century excess and luxury.
Models paraded fichu necklines, lace jabots, straw cartwheel sun hats and high-waisted ruffled pannier dresses across the sequestered garden. Lush-green topiaries and shimmering water fountains contrasted with the novelty sneakers in the same way that the gold rococo floral embroidery contrasted with the denim vests. Chanel still stayed true to the House with beautiful structured garments in a restrained palette and cropped tweed jackets while playing around as Louis XVI with matching tweed palazzo pants.
Champagne and canapés were served in a glass house where Lagerfeld, adorned by an emerald pin, granted an audience to the press, leading up to the post-show punk performance by Alice Dellal's band Thrush Metal. Let's see if the Queen's Jubilee can beat this! On a side note, the Net à Mode team believes that Karl Lagerfeld is much better as Le Roi du Soleil in Versailles than as God in Saint-Tropez.