Chanel made it clear Tuesday that its creativity goes beyond fashion, unveiling a collection of contemporary art works at the Grand Palais in Paris.
The invitation to the show hinted that the fashion house planned a show inspired by contemporary art, with the event being billed as "Chanel Art..."
Those invited to the event, however, were not expecting to be treated to a display of 75 contemporary art works created by Chanel's design team.
The iconic "Chanel No. 5" perfume bottle was turned into a robot in one work and pictured tilted and partially buried in the ground in another work inspired by the shattered Statue of Liberty in director Franklin J. Schaffner's 1968 film, "Planet of the Apes."
The idea was to equate the symbols of the Chanel brand with the creative legacy of a civilization.
American singer Katy Perry and French actresses Virginie Ledoyen and Astrid Berges-Frisbey were among the special guests at the fashion event.
Chanel's models showed off the fashion house's 2014 spring-summer ready-to-wear collection, which was inspired by painting, sculpture, color and architecture.
Designer Karl Lagerfeld's creativity appears infinite, giving a new look to each show while staying true to the legacy of Coco Chanel.
Lagerfeld brought out the full splendor of different colors, ranging from pink to fuchsia, as well as acid touches, pastels and blues, with the traditional black and white still finding a place in the collection. EFE