Just two weeks after Karl Lagerfeld's passing, the last collection he ever designed for Chanel - a house he helped shape the contemporary identity for over 36 years - showed in a stunning but somber show at Paris Fashion Week. Over the years, his shows had become increasingly elaborate, and this season's backdrop was an incredibly poetic finale.
Before models took to the catwalk, recordings of the late designer played. "It's like walking in a painting," he mused, just before the audience gave a moment of silence.
Emerging from the 'Chalet Gardenia' to hit the runway, models walked through a peaceful snow-covered village, not unlike the designer's home of Hamburg, Germany (despite many people assuming he's French because of his lengthy Chanel tenure). Complete with snow-capped mountains and ski chalets, the setting could not have been a more fitting goodbye.
Cara Delevingne was both a friend and muse to Karl, so it was only right that the British supermodel opened the show wearing a floor-length houndstooth coat over a white tweed jumpsuit with a plunging neckline. She was adorned with beaded Chanel necklaces and a hat to match the look.
Longtime ambassador for the brand, Penelope Cruz, made a surprise appearance, walking the runway in a ruffled, feathered mini-dress, platform boots, and a single rose.
The fashion A-list came out to pay tribute to Karl, including Naomi Campbell, Kristen Stewart, Janelle Monae, Monica Bellucci, Claudia Schiffer, and more.
The collection, while staying true to some of the brand's signature motifs like tweed and the double-C emblem, Lagerfeld was incredibly playful with colour for the autumn/winter 2019 collection. After a sea of pink, purple, and electric blue looks, David Bowie’s “Heroes” played for the finale (the same song used for the finale at the show for his last Fendi collection), which was a series of all-white looks. Throughout the show, the models fought back tears, but the closing of the show was a particularly emotional moment.
The show was an incredibly touching farewell to the maestro himself and his legacy at Chanel.
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