Fashion

Chanel Pays Tribute to Karl Lagerfeld on a Snow-Covered Runway

Cara Delevingne and Penelope Cruz both walked the runway in the late designer's final collection for the house.
IMAGE GETTY IMAGES
Comments

"It's like walking in a painting." Karl Lagerfeld's words, along with his unforgettable legacy, filled the Grand Palais in Paris today for the late designer's final Chanel collection. It was a somber, yet beautiful occasion as the fashion house and its guests all mourned the loss of Lagerfeld, who died just two weeks ago at the age of 85.

Known for his over-the-top Chanel runway sets over the years, Lagerfeld's grand finale for the house was a wintry, snow-filled village complete with mountains and Swiss chalets. Models emerged out of the 'Chalet Gardenia,' before walking the snowy runway. Throughout the show, Chanel paid tribute to its late creative director in a series of beautiful tributes.


ADVERTISEMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOW

THE BEAT GOES ON...

Chanel commemorated Lagerfeld with touching sketches left on all the seats of attendees. The sketches featured an illustration of Karl and Coco Chanel hand-drawn by Lagerfeld himself along with the poignant words, "the beat goes on..."

https://www.instagram.com/p/Bun0RR-H6rg/">

Just before the Fall 2019 show began, audio recordings of Lagerfeld speaking in French played over speakers. "It's like walking in a painting," the late designer mused in one of the recordings. The house then held a minute of silence for the room to pay respects to Lagerfeld.

ADVERTISEMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOW

CARA DELEVINGNE OPENED THE SHOW

Both a muse and close friend of Karl, Cara Delevingne opened the show wearing a full-length houndstooth coat over a checked tweed jumpsuit. The stunning black and white look featured a matching hat and beaded Chanel necklaces.


PENELOPE CRUZ ALSO MADE A SURPRISE RUNWAY APPEARANCE

A longtime brand ambassador to Chanel, Cruz walked the runway this season instead of sitting front row. Donning an all white look, the actress carried a single white rose with her down the runway—a subtle, but beautiful nod to Lagerfeld.

ADVERTISEMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOW


THE FRONT ROW WAS FILLED WITH A-LIST FRIENDS OF KARL

Naomi Campbell, Marion Cotillard, Kristen Stewart, Janelle Monae, Monica Bellucci, Claudia Schiffer, and Karen Elson were amongst those in attendance at the show.


ADVERTISEMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOW

THE COLLECTION WAS CLASSIC CHANEL, SERVED WITH A SIDE OF APRÈS SKI

The show began with a series of tweed and houndstooth looks all done in Lagerfeld's signature white and black color palette. Tapping into the snowy backdrop, the collection then veered into après ski, done Chanel style.


ADVERTISEMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOW


In-between, a range of bright looks added some major color to the runway in the form of hot pink, turquoise, orange red, and purple. The pieces ranged from colorful striped puffer coats to knitwear and tweed skirt suits.


ADVERTISEMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOW

The show then ended with a series of all white, angelic looks ranging from tailored suiting to feather and jewel-encrusted cocktail dresses.


WE COULD BE HEROES

For the finale, David Bowie’s “Heroes” played (the same song that closed Lagerfeld’s final collection for Fendi in Milan) as a parade of models, many fighting back tears, stormed the snow-filled runway. It was an emotional farewell to Lagerfeld's unforgettable legacy both at Chanel, and in fashion.

ADVERTISEMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOW

Before his passing in February, Lagerfeld served as Chanel's creative director since 1983. Today marks his final collection after designing for the house for 36 years. He will be succeeded by Virginie Viard, his longtime collaborator and director of Chanel's Fashion Creation Studio.

*This story originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com

*Minor edits have been made by the Townandcountry.ph editors

ADVERTISEMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOW
Comments
Recommended Videos
About The Author
Lauren Alexis Fisher
View Other Articles From Lauren Alexis Fisher
Comments
Latest Stories
 
Share
And which day should you book to score the best deals?
 
Share
Preparing for holiday potlucks just got a little easier.
 
Share
From Fleabag's Olivia Colman to Harry Potter's Helena Bonham Carter, here are the new faces in the Netflix royal drama.
 
Share
 
Share
 
Share
The celebrated photographer made headlines throughout his life for his royal connections and scandalous behavior.
 
Share
The ideal way to escape this country’s scorching heat.
 
Share
These stylish sweaters will definitely give you something to be thankful for.
 
Share
A cheat sheet to the 56 galleries from 13 different countries showing at the premier design fair this weekend.
 
Share
Hong Kong’s biggest givers gather to help the Philippines’ marginalized communities.
Load More Articles
CONNECT WITH US