September 30, 2014 9:01 am

IN PHOTOS: Chanel recreates Paris boulevard, feminist rally

Models walk the runway during the Chanel show as part of the Paris Fashion Week Womenswear Spring/Summer 2015 on September 30, 2014 in Paris, France.

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PARIS – They were styles literally made to be worn on the street. But not just any street: this was Chanel’s boulevard.

Karl Lagerfeld did it again Tuesday, producing the most outlandish and expensive ready-to-wear show of the season by reconstructing an entire Parisian neighbourhood inside the Grand Palais.

A model walks the runway during the Chanel show as part of the Paris Fashion Week Womenswear Spring/Summer 2015 on September 30, 2014 in Paris, France.

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Guests, including director Baz Luhrmann, gawped as they entered the set: a boulevard with pedestrian crossing surrounded by towering 19th century trompe l’oeil apartments. There were 3-D verandas, and even real puddles that shimmered in the dazzling camera flashes.

“His shows are great opera,” said Luhrman, quipping ironically that the Chanel showman only does “very small productions.”

Models present creations for Chanel during the 2015 Spring/Summer ready-to-wear collection fashion show, on September 30, 2014 at the Grand Palais in Paris.

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One fashion insider was overheard saying that the only thing missing from the Parisian realism was some pedigree dog waste on the sidewalk.

But this is Chanel, darling, and instead there were perfume bottles on the seats.

There were also some clothes.

Models walk the runway during the Chanel show as part of the Paris Fashion Week Womenswear Spring/Summer 2015 on September 30, 2014 in Paris, France.

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The spring-summer look was all about colour, and mixing up masculine and feminine codes.

A double breasted tweed jacket opened the 88-look show, with a multicolored tie and dappled blue tweed.

Model Cara Delevingne walks the runway during the Chanel show as part of the Paris Fashion Week Womenswear Spring/Summer 2015 on September 30, 2014 in Paris, France.

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Truncated bolero jackets, shawls, long 19th–century dandy coats and oversize knee high boots came in multicolour, as if stroked by a painter’s brush.

“The artist is myself – without wanting to be pretentious,” said the larger-than-life couturier.

“I made a watercolour of flowers and then enlarged it,” he added.

There was also some enviable silver looks, with scale-like texture, like on a column dress or a shoulderless ’80’s-looking mini dress with black tulle.

A model walks the runway during the Chanel show as part of the Paris Fashion Week Womenswear Spring/Summer 2015 on September 30, 2014 in Paris, France.

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There were perhaps too many styles, and with the myriad colours, the focus seemed at times blurred.

Still, the striped section was great, showcased to “oohs” and “aahs” by uber model Gisele Bundchen. A model of her ilk rarely does runway, and she wore a pale green look with trendy shoe socks and a “CC” across the bust.

Model Gisele Bundchen walks the runway during the Chanel show as part of the Paris Fashion Week Womenswear Spring/Summer 2015 on September 30, 2014 in Paris, France.

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At the end of the show, all the models, including it-girl Cara Delevigne, filed out in a group in a feminist mock protest.

Gisele, holding a loudspeaker next to placards reading “Women First” and “Divorce for everyone,” caused much chuckling from the fashionista-filled sidewalk.

Models walk the runway during the Chanel show as part of the Paris Fashion Week Womenswear Spring/Summer 2015 on September 30, 2014 in Paris, France.

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