Diane Kruger and Alexa Chung applaud Karl Lagerfeld at Chanel Paris couture show

Diane Kruger and Alexa Chung applaud Karl Lagerfeld at Chanel Paris couture show

Black magic: Diane Kruger and Alexa Chung lead applause for Karl Lagerfeld”s dark arts at Chanel couture show

2:11 PM on 6th July 2011

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Karl”s angels: Actress Diane Kruger (left), Alexa Chung (centre) and model Poppy Delevigne (right) were among the celebrity guests at the Chanel haute couture show in Paris late last night

All-star cast: The front row, from left, included Monegasque Royal Charlotte Casiraghi, photographer Mario Testino and actress Elle Fanning (and from right) model Laura Bailey, Joshua Jackson and Diane Kruger

All-star cast: The front row, from left, included Monegasque Royal Charlotte Casiraghi, photographer Mario Testino and actress Elle Fanning (and from right) model Laura Bailey, Joshua Jackson and Diane Kruger

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Monochrome magic: While one might imagine that Karl Lagerfeld had exhausted all possibilities with Chanel”s signature black and white, he delivered yet more fresh takes on the theme

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Themes and variations: Flashes of fuchsia lifted the monochrome, while an evening gown, modelled by Stella Tennant (centre), saw the peplum waist refashioned in layer upon layer of black silk

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Intricate detail: The lightest of dusty grey-blue silks were heavy with silver and pearl embellishment

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All that glitters: Long-sleeved gowns came dripping with crystals and sequins. High necks were countered with exposed shoulders and backs, sure to be a favourite with stars on the red carpet All that glitters

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Here comes the bride: As is traditional for a couture collection, the show ended with a wedding dress

Setting the scene: Chanel transformed Paris

Setting the scene: Chanel transformed Paris”s Grand Palais into another city landmark, the Place Vendome, replacing the Napoleon statue at the top of the central obelisk with one of Coco Chanel

High-octane: The dramatic setting was a perfect backdrop for the creations on show

High-octane: The dramatic setting was a perfect backdrop for the creations on show

Praise: Mr Lagerfeld

Praise: Mr Lagerfeld”s collection was hailed by press as “an effortless collection that sets the goal-posts for what haute couture should stand for in the twenty-first century”