by Amanda Harlech .

Chanel Spring 2012 - Backstage
Karl's Purified Ocean World

Avoid the piranha paps...

...and head backstage into a surreal underwater calm.

Here it is focused, controlled - Peter and Sam and their teams have been flat out since 5.30am – the girls look pearly, beautiful – their pearl piercings and scatter of pins in their hair look like drops of water.


9am - Walk into barrage of security at the Grand Palais - usual scramble to find backstage pass - thank smiling stalwart from Rue Cambon who waves me through.