Chanel Versailles Cruise show

On May 14 Karl Lagerfeld presented Chanel‘s 2013 Cruise collection around the Trois Fontaines Bosquet fountains at the Château de Versailles near Paris, with ornate Marie Antoinette-inspired creations receiving an edgy update thanks to the addition of candy-colored wigs and flatform shoes.

Chanel Versailles Cruise show

Wedding cake
Appearing to have been inspired by a wedding cake, many of the voluminous fondant-like dresses looked good enough to eat.

Chanel Versailles Cruise show

Go for gold
Majestic references were seen in lashings of golden embellishments, although candy-colored bob wigs added a quirkier element.

Chanel Versailles Cruise show

First lady
Tweed skirt suits in demure pastels were some of the more conservative pieces on display.

Chanel Versailles Cruise show

Pannier
Many of the dresses jutted out at the sides, giving the impression of panniers underneath.

Chanel Versailles Cruise show

Flatform
Thanks to the addition of flatform shoes, apron-style gowns were given a modern edge.

Chanel Versailles Cruise show

Floral frenzy
Floral embellishments were a recurring element of the ultra-feminine creations.

Chanel Versailles Cruise show

Pedal pusher
Men taking to the runway wore Capri pants and court-inspired tops.

Chanel Versailles Cruise show

Little white jacket
Chanel’s classic box jacket was given a regal flavor with ornate purple, gold and floral detailing.

Chanel Versailles Cruise show lagerfeld

Along with the likes of Dior and Gucci, the Chanel Resort collection is one of the fashion world’s most anticipated, with last year’s show at the Hotel du Cap in Antibes on the French Riviera welcoming stars such as Vanessa Paradis, Blake Lively, and Rachel Bilson to see Lagerfeld’s nautical-influenced creations.

Château de Versailles Orangerie