Chanel and the Meaning of the Belly Button

And Giorgio Armani, recycling himself.

PARIS — For years the Chanel show was the biggest, most famous, most showy show in Paris.

Guests would throng the steps of the Grand Palais, where it was traditionally held, decked out in their double-C finery (bags and boots and brooches), seeding selfies like ginkgo trees across their Instagram feeds. It would be impossible not to know it was Chanel day, whether or not you were in Paris, whether or not you had any interest in fashion shows. It elevated the brand to pop culture-event-level status.

That was when Karl Lagerfeld was the designer, and he reveled in building evermore snappable (or Snap-able) sets: airports and

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