Down the catwalk, adorned with vintage sketches of Coco Chanel's lavish house interior, went shimmering silk tweed skirt suits, ensembles from the ‘50s and ‘60s, and a ‘30s bolero jacket. Other outfits sparkled with a contemporary metallic sheen.
In some instances, Lagerfeld resurrected the 1980s. A series of ensembles in big, bold textured checks in black, gray, and white channeled the decade's strong shoulders and narrow hemline. In other looks, pink tulle fringing re-created a dropped-waist effect from the 1920s.
Elsewhere, double-breasted A-lines, a Peter Pan collar, and ensembles in pale pink and white might have come straight out of Jacqueline's Kennedy early ‘60s wardrobe.
Then there was a shimmering electric blue dress that could have been Coco's answer to 1970s glam rock.
It was a varied collection for what Lagerfeld backstage called his "diverse" couture clientele — wealthy women from the Middle East to Brazil, Russia to Asia. But the clothes all had one thing in common: rich couture craftsmanship.
"The tulle with pearl took 3,000 hours," said Lagerfeld.
There's been a certain nostalgia in the air of late. Christian Dior, too, on Monday, went back to the vault to revamp 1950s silhouettes.
"New Vintage" was a typical contradiction in a constantly moving fashion world. But is there ever time for looking back? Not really.
"In fashion now, vintage means six months," he said.