18 MAY 2008

Chanel's leading man Karl Lagerfeld not only wowed his audience with his latest collection, he enthralled them with models who literally walked over water and a synchronised swimming display.

A host of celebrities, including Diane Kruger, Anna Kournikova, Barbara Becker and fashion icon Anna Wintour, turned out to see the 74-piece collection.

And after thrilling with a show on the Great Wall Of China last year, the designer decided to leave dry land behind this time. His latest presentation was shown on a curved catwalk over a swimming pool at Miami's luxurious art deco Raleigh Hotel.

It was a location that won praise from model-turned-actress Diane. "Everyone associates Miami with the Raleigh's kind of glamour," she said.

Dressed in an elegant yet simple navy satin mini-dress, accessorised with a summery straw hat, the Troy star would not have looked out of place on the runway herself.

Beginning with garments streaked with black, the show included several Seventies-inspired pieces, including pleated bell-bottoms and wide-brimmed hats. Striped pastel knitwear paid homage to the Eighties.

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Former fashion model Diane cuts an elegant figure at the show Photo: © Getty Images Click on photos for gallery
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The art deco hotel was the primary inspiration behind the collection, revealed man-of-the-moment Karl Lagerfeld Photo: © Getty Images
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Chanel's beautiful models take to the catwalk, which was built over the hotel's pool Photo: © Getty Images
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