Karl Lagerfeld's inspiration for Chanel's Fall Winter 2008 Haute Couture show in Paris is fairly obvious, as the installation of massive metallic organ pipe structures at the centre of the circular catwalk at the Grand Palais would reveal. The full view of the display makes me think of a futuristic city arising from the post-apocalyptic rubble of a lost civilisation in a sci-fi movie. The show, the clothes (of course) and even the music are awesome, though you wouldn't know it from the look of sheer boredom on the spectators' faces (shall we assume the heat deflated their enthusiasm? This show could have been held on the surface of the sun and I would have been there with a goofy grin plastered on my face).
You can view the stunningly beautiful show in its entirety below. And (not) oddly, Lagerfeld takes the catwalk for his 'bow' at the end with a man wearing the fluoro-yellow safety vest that he is helping promote driver-compliance for in France (I love how he had someone wear it for him):
Update: Reader Mike Ryan was asking what the main song in the show was, it's Comme dans un reve by Seelenluft (no doubt handpicked by Karl Lagerfeld who is really up on his tunes - and kind of like Aqua on tranquilizers):