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Thursday, May 3, the French fashion house staged a spectacular Cruise fashion show in the French capital's Grand Palais. Never one to shy away from grandiose decor, Karl Lagerfeld this time set the scene with a replica luxury cruise liner called "La Pausa," nodding to Gabrielle Chanel's former summer house on the French Riviera. Amid this impressive decor, the show shone the spotlight on the latest mid-season must-haves, presented by a plethora of star models. Here are three key takeaways from this first Cruise 2019 fashion show.

 

The beret: officially this season's hottest headgear

 

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A star accessory since it burst back onto the fashion scene in March 2017 at the Dior fall/winter 2017-2018 show, the beret is still busy winning over designers and fashion icons. Whether accessorizing nautical-themed looks, city styles or ultra-chic outfits, this retro headgear is an all-round hit. Karl Lagerfeld has now added his seal of approval to the beret, which stood out as the must-have accessory of this Cruise 2019 show from Chanel, seen in various materials and in colors ranging from neutrals to pastels.

 

Laid-back chic breezes into season

 

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Although chic and sophisticated, this Chanel Cruise 2019 collection was no less modern and, above all, laid back. From long, floaty dresses to jumpsuits and sailor-inspired suits, all the collection's silhouettes channeled an unapologetically relaxed vibe. This was driven home by the collection's standout shoe, a flat Mary-Jane style, adding a sporty-chic touch, as well as on-trend logo pieces.

 

Bella & Gigi Hadid on the runway

 

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Chanel shows are usually synonymous with star models, and Cruise 2019 was no exception. World famous faces included the Hadid, sisters -- the most in-demand models of the moment, along with Kendall Jenner -- as well as L'Oréal Paris ambassador Barbara Palvin, who is rarely seen on the catwalk. They were joined by Camille Hurel, Marjan Jonkman, Luna Bijl and Cara Taylor -- all Chanel show regulars. However, Vittoria Ceretti and Kaia Gerber, two models usually present in the French fashion house's shows, did not walk the Cruise 2019 catwalk.

 

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