PARIS — One way to make couture magic is to create a polished, perfected version of reality, and Karl Lagerfeld did just that in the breathtaking fall collection he showed for Chanel on Tuesday. Subtle, stylish and serene, it centered on the suit, especially a small jacket and flared skirt over layers of lace and tulle, detailed with beaded frills. Here, one pristine version of that look. For more on Paris, see pages 6 to 9.

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