A Moment Of Silence For The Late Karl Lagerfeld

A serene atmosphere set the mood for Chanel’s Fall 2019 ready to wear show. The Grand Palais was bursting with a new kind of energy, not the one of a typical Chanel show that may include a rocket ship or supermarket, but a somber tone in remembrance of the brand’s iconic Creative Director Karl Lagerfeld who passed away only two weeks before the unveiling of his designs.

His presence was still very much felt in the building. Before models appeared on the the cat walk, an audio clip of the designer’s voice was played setting up the narrative for the collection. Lagerfeld exclaimed “Oh, it’s like walking in a painting.”

And it certainly was. The Grand Palais was transformed into a Swedish ski chalet village setting atop the alps. The runways were lined with snow and decorated with lanterns, evergreens, and benches bringing in dreamy fantastical elements.

The clothing was everything you could expect from a classic Chanel collection. Seasoned brand muse, Cara Delevingne opened the show wearing black and white ensemble – a full length houndstooth coat, grid pattern jumpsuit, and lots and lots of pearls.

As the collection went on the clothing evolved from a mix and match of classic black and white prints to a segment of brights including shocking pink and turquoise numbers with matching waist bags.

The statement pieces were followed Lagerfeld’s signature pants suits, which were unconventionally accessorized with rhinestone printed bandanas, mesh necklaces, chain belts, and sherpa lined boots.

The highlight of the collection were the last looks, a series of five white fur and feathered snow bunny dresses which were worn by Kaia Gerber and Penelope Cruz – a longtime brand ambassador who made a surprise trip down the runway. Each dress has his own intricate set of detailing whether it be ruffles or a metallic jewel-encrusted bodice.

Models fought back tears during the finale walk as the winter fairytale collection was the last chapter in Lagerfeld’s legacy at Chanel. Guests were presented with a brochure that featured a picture of the late creative director holding hands with a Coco Chanel printed with “the beat goes on.”