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Chanel's Lagerfeld designs couture sports club

PARIS (AP) — It was not your run-of-the-mill Paris sports club. It was Chanel haute couture.

In Karl Lagerfeld's dazzling "Cambon Club" show he boldly mixed the couture designs associated with Coco Chanel's fashion empire at 31 rue Cambon with a youthful sporty kick. Princess pearl chiffon, satin silk, fastidious embroideries and sculpted corsets were paired with sneakers, sporty white cropped boleros, fanny packs and silver elbow and knee pads.

Models skipped, twirled and even ran down the steps in their bouncing footware onto a glacial, crystalline stage that featured a large orchestra. If the spring-summer 2014 show felt like it had less vibrancy than recent colorful Chanel displays, it was due to the more muted pearly and silver palette — with touches of lilac blue and rose pink.

Still, the details of the clothes certainly packed a punch. Tight corsets sculpted the midriff, which was made graphic and extreme by the overhanging space from the wide truncated boleros. Hair was worn up and fanned out as if blown around by the elements. And there were a series of spiky, sea urchin-like looks in iridescent green and blue.

Lagerfeld said he wanted the sneakers to "bring couture back to reality." "They models run downstairs... like modern Cinderella," Lagerfeld said. "We didn't need the stiletto in glass."

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