People always, always shake their heads in disbelief whenever I tell them I need to be home early the night before a Chanel show. It’s important for a girl to get a lot of sleep. Afterall, one has to wake up early. I like to go to the Grand Palais at least an hour before the show starts to see what the incredible Karl is up to. What I like about Chanel shows (at least the ones I’ve been to) is that you can guess the theme of the set based on the invitation. I had a hint that it’s going to be an aquatic set when I received mine. However, no amount of guessing or hinting can replace the actual experience of being there and seeing it for yourself. Karl and his team have always blown my mind (and expectations) away. They turned the Grand Palais into a magical ocean bed, complete with underwater creatures — octopus, seahorses, fish, clams, starfishes, etc.

The set of Chanel spring summer 2012 fashion show in Paris.

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Grand Palais transformed into an ocean bed at Chanel spring summer 2012 fashion show
Seahorse at Chanel spring summer 2012 fashion show
Starfish at Chanel spring summer 2012 fashion show
Fishes at aquatic-themed Chanel spring summer 2012
Giant fish sculpture at Chanel spring summer 2012
Clam and harp at Chanel spring summer 2012 fashion show
Photographer's pit at Chanel spring summer 2012 fashion show
Giant octopus at Chanel spring summer 2012 fashion show
Alexander Wang sitting second row at Chanel spring summer 2012 fashion show
Bryanboy inside the Grand Palais turned Aquarium for the Chanel spring summer 2012 fashion show.
Security inside Chanel spring summer 2012 fashion show
Carine Roitfeld in Givenchy at Chanel spring summer 2012 fashion show
Franca Sozzani at Chanel spring summer 2012 fashion show
Lady Amanda Harlech at Chanel spring summer 2012 fashion show
Uma Thurman at Chanel spring summer 2012 fashion show
Baptiste Giabiconi at Chanel spring summer 2012 fashion show
Hamish Bowles and Anna Wintour at Chanel spring summer 2012 fashion show
Anna Wintour smiling at Bryanboy at Chanel spring/summer 2012 fashion show.
The audience at Chanel spring summer 2012