After the sad news broke earlier this year that pioneering fashion icon Karl Lagerfeld had passed away, there was never any doubt that the last Chanel show under his creative direction was always going to be a moving affair.
And at Paris Fashion Week for autumn/winter 2019, the heart of the Grand Palais was transformed into a winter wonderland, and the show was kicked off with a one-minute silence in remembrance of the brand’s 36-year long creative director.
Titled “Chalet Gardenia,” viewers were privy to a snowy mountain-top complete with 12 alpine huts, featuring powdery snow, real trees and even smoke arising from chimneys.
And on the catwalk, the brand’s signature tweed offering was cut into subtly masculine silhouettes, with models in swathes of houndstooth, tartan, windowpane checks, and trouser cuffs languidly sweeping up the snow. Elsewhere, elegant details resigned supreme: snowball skirts, marabou-feather trimmed cocktail dresses and the kitschiest Instagrammable pearl hair slides emblazoned with the brand’s name.
Chanel ambassador Penélope Cruz, Kaia Gerber and brand fave Cara Delevingne took to the catwalk, with the models striding out arm-in-arm to David Bowie’s “Heroes” in an emotional final procession.