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The Chanel maestro and pal Lindsay, spent several hours going through his latest designs before the start of the runway spectacular at Santa Monica airport
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Fifth Element actress Milla is proving an elegant mum-to-be as she stepped out at the cruise collection with her British fiancé, writer and director Paul Anderson
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High-waisted, wide-legged trousers look to be a key trend for next year
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Stars fly in for Karl's jet-set Chanel show

21 MAY 2007

Chanel's Karl Lagerfeld took a literal approach to runway presentation on Friday by holding his inter-season cruise collection show in an aircraft hangar at Santa Monica Airport. The French design maestro flew in models wearing his latest creations on a plane emblazoned with the famous Chanel logo. Then, much to the surprise of the host of gathered celebrities, the jet cruised up to the hangar and debouched its glamorous cargo right before their eyes.

The real-life runway was then transformed into a catwalk as models paraded in front of Demi Moore, Smile singer and Chanel muse Lily Allen, Victoria Beckham and mum-to-be Milla Jovovich.

Recently back from a week of partying in the Bahamas and Janet Jackson's birthday party in the Big Apple, a Chanel-clad Lindsay Lohan arrived a full five hours before the extravaganza began - catching up with her pal Karl who let her try on his designs.

Meanwhile, Victoria, who is in LA for a fortnight to film a fly-on-the-wall programme about her and husband David Beckham's imminent move there, was paying close attention to the proceedings. The stylish former Spice Girl, who was looking ultra chic in her mint green vintage Chanel jacket, is hoping to establish herself on the fashion scene in America and is busy designing a new range of jeans.

Among the items on show that caught the A-listers' eyes were some black sequined smoking jackets. "They'd be perfect to wear backstage while getting ready for a show," enthused burlesque dancer Dita Von Teese. But she says she draws the line at the orange headbands. "Head bands are good for Chanel runways and Axel Rose, but not for me," she admitted. Other key elements included palazzo pants, colourful, itsy bitsy shorts and some daring little black dresses.

And it's not just the new collection putting Chanel in the headlines. It's been revealed that The Da Vinci Code actress Audrey Tautou is to play Coco Chanel in a new French movie about the designer's life before she became famous. Filming is due to start in early 2008.

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