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Greek drama: Chanel recreates Parthenon for Paris show

Associated Press logo Associated Press 5/3/2017 By THOMAS ADAMSON, Associated Press
A model wears a creation during the presentation of Chanel Cruise collection in Paris, Wednesday, May 3, 2017. Chanel is hosting its itinerant resort show, destined for glamorous women who sojourn on cruise ships. (AP Photo/Francois Mori) © The Associated Press A model wears a creation during the presentation of Chanel Cruise collection in Paris, Wednesday, May 3, 2017. Chanel is hosting its itinerant resort show, destined for glamorous women who sojourn on cruise ships. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)

PARIS (AP) — Karl Lagerfeld climbed Mount Olympus for inspiration in creating Chanel's latest resort collection, presenting a spectacular Grecian-themed show to a celebrity audience in Paris on Wednesday.

A model wears a creation during the presentation of Chanel Cruise collection in Paris, Wednesday, May 3, 2017. Chanel is hosting its itinerant resort show, destined for glamorous women who sojourn on cruise ships. (AP Photo/Francois Mori) © The Associated Press A model wears a creation during the presentation of Chanel Cruise collection in Paris, Wednesday, May 3, 2017. Chanel is hosting its itinerant resort show, destined for glamorous women who sojourn on cruise ships. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)

While Gucci will go to Florence, Louis Vuitton to Kyoto, and Dior to Los Angeles to show off their cruise fashions— Lagerfeld chose to host the normally itinerant mid-season collection in Chanel's terra mater.

A model wears a creation during the presentation of Chanel Cruise collection in Paris, Wednesday, May 3, 2017. Chanel is hosting its itinerant resort show, destined for glamorous women who sojourn on cruise ships. (AP Photo/Francois Mori) © The Associated Press A model wears a creation during the presentation of Chanel Cruise collection in Paris, Wednesday, May 3, 2017. Chanel is hosting its itinerant resort show, destined for glamorous women who sojourn on cruise ships. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)

Lagerfeld, a larger-than-life fashion showman who is rarely upstaged, opted instead to bring the wonders of the ancient world to Paris' Grand Palais.

Models wear creations during the presentation of Chanel Cruise collection in Paris, Wednesday, May 3, 2017. Chanel is hosting its itinerant resort show, destined for glamorous women who sojourn on cruise ships. (AP Photo/Francois Mori) © The Associated Press Models wear creations during the presentation of Chanel Cruise collection in Paris, Wednesday, May 3, 2017. Chanel is hosting its itinerant resort show, destined for glamorous women who sojourn on cruise ships. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)

Celebrity guests who included Keira Knightley, Isabelle Huppert and filmmaker Pedro Almodovar gazed in awe at the backdrop that recreated ruins from the Parthenon in Athens and the famed Temple of Poseidon on Cape Sounion stone for stone, column for column.

A model wears a creation during the presentation of Chanel Cruise collection in Paris, Wednesday, May 3, 2017. Chanel is hosting its itinerant resort show, destined for glamorous women who sojourn on cruise ships. (AP Photo/Francois Mori) © The Associated Press A model wears a creation during the presentation of Chanel Cruise collection in Paris, Wednesday, May 3, 2017. Chanel is hosting its itinerant resort show, destined for glamorous women who sojourn on cruise ships. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)

Pebbles, marble stones and sand decorated the runway alongside a real olive tree, while shrubs and mountain flowers peeked out from between the rocks by which the Grecian goddess-styled models walked during the 15-minute presentation.

A model wears a creation during the presentation of Chanel Cruise collection in Paris, Wednesday, May 3, 2017. Chanel is hosting its itinerant resort show, destined for glamorous women who sojourn on cruise ships. (AP Photo/Francois Mori) © The Associated Press A model wears a creation during the presentation of Chanel Cruise collection in Paris, Wednesday, May 3, 2017. Chanel is hosting its itinerant resort show, destined for glamorous women who sojourn on cruise ships. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)

"Reality is of no interest to me. I use what I like. My Greece is an idea," Lagerfeld said of the display.

A model wears a creation during the presentation of Chanel Cruise collection in Paris, Wednesday, May 3, 2017. Chanel is hosting its itinerant resort show, destined for glamorous women who sojourn on cruise ships. (AP Photo/Francois Mori) © The Associated Press A model wears a creation during the presentation of Chanel Cruise collection in Paris, Wednesday, May 3, 2017. Chanel is hosting its itinerant resort show, destined for glamorous women who sojourn on cruise ships. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)

If Greece invented drama, Lagerfeld is perhaps a fitting heir.

A model wears a creation during the presentation of Chanel Cruise collection in Paris, Wednesday, May 3, 2017. Chanel is hosting its itinerant resort show, destined for glamorous women who sojourn on cruise ships. (AP Photo/Francois Mori) © The Associated Press A model wears a creation during the presentation of Chanel Cruise collection in Paris, Wednesday, May 3, 2017. Chanel is hosting its itinerant resort show, destined for glamorous women who sojourn on cruise ships. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)

The over-the-top decor contrasted with some very subtle and accomplished fashion designs.

A model wears a creation during the presentation of Chanel Cruise collection in Paris, Wednesday, May 3, 2017. Chanel is hosting its itinerant resort show, destined for glamorous women who sojourn on cruise ships. (AP Photo/Francois Mori) © The Associated Press A model wears a creation during the presentation of Chanel Cruise collection in Paris, Wednesday, May 3, 2017. Chanel is hosting its itinerant resort show, destined for glamorous women who sojourn on cruise ships. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)

Cycladic blues, terracotta, earth browns and gold infused the looks, which riffed on Ancient Greek references.

CAPTION CORRECTS MONTH to May Fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld with Hudson Kroenig acknowledges applause after the presentation of Chanel Cruise collection in Paris, Wednesday, May 3, 2017. Chanel is hosting its itinerant resort show, destined for glamorous women who sojourn on cruise ships. (AP Photo/Francois Mori) © The Associated Press CAPTION CORRECTS MONTH to May Fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld with Hudson Kroenig acknowledges applause after the presentation of Chanel Cruise collection in Paris, Wednesday, May 3, 2017. Chanel is hosting its itinerant resort show, destined for glamorous women who sojourn on cruise ships. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)

They were replete with laurel leaf head ornaments, golden arm clasps, footwear bearing knee-high straps and even an arrow quiver transformed into a golden backpack. Thick fibers reminiscent of loomed weavings fringed tweed tunic dresses.

A model wears a creation during the presentation of Chanel Cruise collection in Paris, Wednesday, May 3, 2017. Chanel is hosting its itinerant resort show, destined for glamorous women who sojourn on cruise ships. (AP Photo/Francois Mori) © The Associated Press A model wears a creation during the presentation of Chanel Cruise collection in Paris, Wednesday, May 3, 2017. Chanel is hosting its itinerant resort show, destined for glamorous women who sojourn on cruise ships. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)

A clay-colored dress — with a roll under the bust and tight midriff — evoked the silhouette of the curved Greek amphora vase.

Hudson Kroenig wears a creation during the presentation of Chanel Cruise collection in Paris, Wednesday, May 3, 2017. Chanel is hosting its itinerant resort show, destined for glamorous women who sojourn on cruise ships. (AP Photo/Francois Mori) © The Associated Press Hudson Kroenig wears a creation during the presentation of Chanel Cruise collection in Paris, Wednesday, May 3, 2017. Chanel is hosting its itinerant resort show, destined for glamorous women who sojourn on cruise ships. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)

Lagerfeld loves ancient history.

A model wears a creation during the presentation of Chanel Cruise collection in Paris, Wednesday, May 3, 2017. Chanel is hosting its itinerant resort show, destined for glamorous women who sojourn on cruise ships. (AP Photo/Francois Mori) © The Associated Press A model wears a creation during the presentation of Chanel Cruise collection in Paris, Wednesday, May 3, 2017. Chanel is hosting its itinerant resort show, destined for glamorous women who sojourn on cruise ships. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)

"The criteria of beauty in ancient, then classical, Greece still hold true. There have never been more beautiful representations of women. Or more beautiful columns," Lagerfeld said.

A model wears a creation during the presentation of Chanel Cruise collection in Paris, Wednesday, May 3, 2017. Chanel is hosting its itinerant resort show, destined for glamorous women who sojourn on cruise ships. (AP Photo/Francois Mori) © The Associated Press A model wears a creation during the presentation of Chanel Cruise collection in Paris, Wednesday, May 3, 2017. Chanel is hosting its itinerant resort show, destined for glamorous women who sojourn on cruise ships. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)

"It is really about the youth of the world in all its power and unpredictability, just like the unforgiving gods," he added.

Models wear creations during the presentation of Chanel Cruise collection in Paris, Wednesday, May 3, 2017. Chanel is hosting its itinerant resort show, destined for glamorous women who sojourn on cruise ships. (AP Photo/Francois Mori) © The Associated Press Models wear creations during the presentation of Chanel Cruise collection in Paris, Wednesday, May 3, 2017. Chanel is hosting its itinerant resort show, destined for glamorous women who sojourn on cruise ships. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)

Cruise or resort collections — mid-season shows presented by only a handful of the world's fashion power houses — were conceived to target wealthy women who travelled on cruise ships in winter.

A model wears a creation during the presentation of Chanel Cruise collection in Paris, Wednesday, May 3, 2017. Chanel is hosting its itinerant resort show, destined for glamorous women who sojourn on cruise ships. (AP Photo/Francois Mori) © The Associated Press A model wears a creation during the presentation of Chanel Cruise collection in Paris, Wednesday, May 3, 2017. Chanel is hosting its itinerant resort show, destined for glamorous women who sojourn on cruise ships. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)

Nowadays, they're used simply as a lucrative commercial stimulant for the increasingly buoyant fashion industry's between-season lull.

A model wears a creation during the presentation of Chanel Cruise collection in Paris, Wednesday, May 3, 2017. Chanel is hosting its itinerant resort show, destined for glamorous women who sojourn on cruise ships. (AP Photo/Francois Mori) © The Associated Press A model wears a creation during the presentation of Chanel Cruise collection in Paris, Wednesday, May 3, 2017. Chanel is hosting its itinerant resort show, destined for glamorous women who sojourn on cruise ships. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)

Previous years have seen Chanel's Lagerfeld present the cruise collection in far-flung places such as Havana and Dallas.

A model wears a creation during the presentation of Chanel Cruise collection in Paris, Wednesday, May 3, 2017. Chanel is hosting its itinerant resort show, destined for glamorous women who sojourn on cruise ships. (AP Photo/Francois Mori) © The Associated Press A model wears a creation during the presentation of Chanel Cruise collection in Paris, Wednesday, May 3, 2017. Chanel is hosting its itinerant resort show, destined for glamorous women who sojourn on cruise ships. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)

But more recently, the 83-year-old designer has chosen his home city to celebrate the brand's commitment to Paris and its importance to global fashion.

A model wears a creation during the presentation of Chanel Cruise collection in Paris, Wednesday, May 3, 2017. Chanel is hosting its itinerant resort show, destined for glamorous women who sojourn on cruise ships. (AP Photo/Francois Mori) © The Associated Press A model wears a creation during the presentation of Chanel Cruise collection in Paris, Wednesday, May 3, 2017. Chanel is hosting its itinerant resort show, destined for glamorous women who sojourn on cruise ships. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)

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Hudson Kroenig wears a creation during the presentation of Chanel Cruise collection in Paris, Wednesday, May 3, 2017. Chanel is hosting its itinerant resort show, destined for glamorous women who sojourn on cruise ships. (AP Photo/Francois Mori) © The Associated Press Hudson Kroenig wears a creation during the presentation of Chanel Cruise collection in Paris, Wednesday, May 3, 2017. Chanel is hosting its itinerant resort show, destined for glamorous women who sojourn on cruise ships. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)

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A model wears a creation during the presentation of Chanel Cruise collection in Paris, Wednesday, May 3, 2017. Chanel is hosting its itinerant resort show, destined for glamorous women who sojourn on cruise ships. (AP Photo/Francois Mori) © The Associated Press A model wears a creation during the presentation of Chanel Cruise collection in Paris, Wednesday, May 3, 2017. Chanel is hosting its itinerant resort show, destined for glamorous women who sojourn on cruise ships. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)
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