By the time they arrived at the Grand Palais on Tuesdaymorning,many guests already knew of Karl Lagerfeld’s fall ruse: ChanelShoppingCenter, a giant supermarket.


Advance word didn’tdampen the first-sight impact of the139,930-square-foot labyrinth — byLagerfeld’s preshow account, itwould take each model 4.5 minutes towalk — a veritable Costco for thetony set, stocked with everything fromsoup to nuts to Jambon Cambonand a chain saw, each bearing a labelthat riffed on house lore. (Allwere Chanel and Mademoiselle centric;while her silhouette and variousincarnations of her name appeared allover the place, not a single itemreferenced Lagerfeld by name or by hisfamous likeness.) Tea offeringsincluded The Little Black Tea andJasmin Dragon Pearls; paint colorswere numbered and namedstrategically: 1903 Bleu Confection, 1914 GrisJersey, 1954 JauneEtienne.

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