Karl Lagerfeld is always known for making his own rules, and this season at Chanel, he kicked away every other designer's idea of minimalism with a biker boot-clad heel. The heritage tweeds that made it into the collection were hole-ridden and weathered - bonus points for when they were paired with cut-off gloves and tough-to-the-bone jewellery. The sweet and girly feeling we sometimes get with the line? That went one of two ways: either blown out to magnificent proportions with feathers, ruffles and frills; or zapped of innocence with gothic accents and biker-bar appeal. If the younger Chanel customer is a prim and proper debutante, then she's slipping on leather shorts underneath her cocktail dress to slip out the window and visit her boyfriend.
Besides turning out an all-hail-worthy collection, Lagerfeld had a big season in terms of runway appearances. He put aside any beef he might have had (for the past 20 years) with Ines de la Fressange and brought her back to the catwalk, and he let his former muse, Brad Kroenig, bring his 2-year-old for a little turn. As if we needed to mention it, Baptiste Giabiconi was there. But then again, he wouldn't miss it.