The State of Chanel after the death of Fashion icon, Karl Lagerfeld
During Paris fashion week, there was only one main show in town. Karl Lagerfeld’s last collection, composed shortly before his death in February, was an evening where the fashion world got to said goodbye to the fashion icon.
The show began with a minute of silence, brought to an end by a recording of Lagerfeld holding court on the art of the fashion show. Once the doors of Chalet Gardenia opened, out walked Cara Delevingne in wide wool trousers with matching silk skirt. The theme of the collection: Chalet Chic.
The backdrop of for this show was inside the Tyrolean village of 12 Alpine chalets. With Lagerfeld’s Chanel shows, the set was always made with movie-location precision. Each chalet had fashioned shutters, mesh curtains, and wooden balconies. There were twinsets with Alpine-themed intarsia design, ski goggle sunglasses, and sporty tweed jackets. Smoke even flowed from chimneys, and powdery snow piled in drifts against the long rows of wooden benches, even resting on the pine trees in between.
Anna Wintour dressed in a pale pink bouclé suit. It’s known that Lagerfeld despised funerals. “I just want to disappear like the animals in the virgin forest. It is awful to encumber people with your remains,” he told French television. This picture-perfect setting was celebratory rather than sorrowful.
Lagerfeld created fame for Chanel almost unheard of in fashion. Now all eyes in the industry will now be centered on if Chanel’s billion dollar company can be sustained without Karl.
Chanel hopes to hold a memorial event for Lagerfeld, although neither details nor date are known. Meanwhile, the clear message is that though he is gone, Chanel lives on.