The opposite of a needle in the haystack would be the colossal barn set at Chanel’s show on Tuesday, inspired by Marie Antoinette’s 18th-century hamlet at Versailles. The 14-ton structure took a team of 38 sculptors, painters, carpenters and metal workers a week to assemble in the Grand Palais — not to mention the 700 cubic feet of hay scattered on the stage and in the bleachers. There were 500 feet of floral garlands decorating the 30-foot-high building, two tons of clay appointed with raffia painted to look like grass, and it was all rigged so Lily Allen and her band could pop out of the floor and shake the hay with her hit “Not Fair.”


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