YEAH, SHEER

PARIS — In fashion, less isn’t always more. And no one, of course, could be better placed to make that point than Karl Lagerfeld, who never seems to be without a multitude of ideas. Eighties excess, Deauville style, tweeds and athletic motifs were all part of the big, bold Chanel collection he showed on Thursday. Even froths of Coco veiling turned up. And he poured it all on with skill, enthusiasm and brio, creating many a smashing look. Here, a combination of two of spring’s important themes, tight-over-full and hard against soft: a crisply shaped jacket and sheer embroidered skirt. For more on the season, see pages 4 to 7.

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