Amidst the smell of fresh snow and clear open skies, Karl Lagerfeld’s last collection for Chanel was showcased in a final goodbye to the world.
Karl Lagerfeld many years before had said he did not like funerals. “I do not want anyone to come to mine. Do what you want with the ashes,” he told Vanessa Gregoriadis in a 2002 profile in New York. “Send them down the garbage chute.”
To mark this occasion in not conspicuous yet remarkable way, a simple drawing of Lagerfeld and Coco Chanel on each seat read “and the beat goes on.” There was a also minute of silence to mark the occasion.
The collection was showcased in an Alpine ski town complete with piles of snow and smoking chimneys and ski clothes. There were thickset knit sweaters and skirts worn with shearling boots; loose, long menswear inspired coats in houndstooth and herringbone prints wrapped at the waist over pleat-front pants that took inspiration from men’s suiting; more classic tweed looks gave way to brightly colored puffers and zip front body suits. A series of feathery white dresses, delicate as the surrounding snowflakes closed the show, modeled by Adut Akech, Kaia Gerber, and Penelope Cruz.
Although the show was everything it could be void of emotions, tears could be seen dropping from the eyes of the audience during the finale and loud standing ovation greeted the end of the show.
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By Sarah Oyedo
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