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Chanel inspired by sea for spring

Chanel unveiled its Spring/Summer 12 collection at Paris Fashion Week this morning.

Designer Karl Lagerfeld revealed an underwater theme with his models dressed in sprays of white sea foam, shimmering waves of fabric and sea shell encrusted clutches. The runway itself was decorated with white silhouettes of seahorses, bubbles, urchins and tumbling seaweed.

The main colour palette was soft cream and pebble grey, with the occasional injection of coral pink and ocean blue.

The collection featured prim skirts cut just above the knee, with the classic tailored Chanel jacket. However, these were given a modern twist when paired with miniscule metallic shorts. Jackets were cut high at the back to reveal spines bedecked with pearls - a running detail throughout the show.

Patterns were soft and understated with gentle blue waves on cream and fine geometric squares on white.

Long gowns were layered with lace and tulle, and pulsated like sea creatures as the models moved.

Dresses were pulled in at the waist and relaxed out around the legs. Ruffles and lace added delicate detailing to many of the designs. Tiered sequins gave the illusion of fish scales glittering down the catwalk.

Shoes were flat-soled silver booties that sparkled in the bright lights.

Victoria's Secret supermodel Miranda Kerr took part in the show. One outfit the model wore was a knee length pencil skirt, with a pattern of grey ribbons trailing vertically down the thighs. On top Miranda wore a sleeveless blue, tweed jacket with hints of seaweed green. A string of pearls belted the whole outfit together.

The star-studded event also enlisted the help of singer Florence Welch to open and close the show.

The models wore natural make-up with soft pink lips. Their hair was scraped back and adorned with pearls.

Valentino, Hakaan and Jean-Charles de Castelbajac also showed this morning. This evening Paco Rabanne and Alexander McQueen will present their collections.

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