The French fashion house, famous for fanciful set designs, creates a Zen garden in Paris

Arguably the most anticipated event of Couture Week in Paris, the Chanel show never disappoints. Gwyneth Paltrow, Diane Kruger, Cara Delevingne, and other celebrities flocked to see Karl Lagerfeld’s latest fashions (Delevingne also brought her dog, who secured a coveted front-row seat). Lagerfeld is known particularly for his elaborate sets—recent shows have included a Chanel-branded supermarket, airport, and café. This year he went for a Zen look, erecting a minimalist wood house with a neatly trimmed garden. The spring-summer collection complemented the theme with lightweight materials and natural colors; garments were embroidered with fragments and shavings of wood. The set, located in the Grand Palais in Paris, took eight days to assemble and four to disassemble. Chanel will keep the house, while the rest of the oak, pine, camphor trees, and grass from the garden will be recycled and used as compost. Time will tell if the venerable Chanel sparks a trend for sustainability in an industry famous for ephemeral affairs.

The Zen wood house preshow.

What appears to be a two-story structure opened for the finale to reveal a third level and an assemblage of models.

Kendall Jenner walked the catwalk, which led through the garden, along with model friends Gigi and Bella Hadid.

A profile view of the symmetrical set.

Karl Lagerfeld takes a bow.

- Source: Architectural Digest  Photo: Dominique Charriau; Pascal Le Segretain; Rindoff