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Chanel's show for bright young things

Associated Press Modified: October 2, 2012 at 9:32 am •  Published: October 2, 2012

PARIS (AP) — "Don't take things too seriously," said Karl Lagerfeld standing next to a towering wind turbine inside Paris' Grand Palais, "especially not fashion."

This healthy mantra infiltrated Tuesday's Chanel show — a bright, fun and diverse collection brimming with great new ideas.

Silver bauble appliques became buttons, A-line skirts were playfully short, colorful checks contrasted funkily with geometric flashes, and feather fringing billowed exuberantly.

One model in a crossing "C'' swimsuit even carried a three-foot (nearly 1 meter) handbag.

The fact the show had nothing whatsoever to do with the several eco-turbines constructed for the event — no doubt at a huge cost to the environment — didn't seem to matter.

Instead, fashion insiders were busy concentrating on the myriad 81 looks — which made this spring-summer collection possibly the longest Chanel show in history.

A bold new fashion idea was the reworked bolero jacket with curved shoulders, often spruced up with inflated arms.

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