Fall/Winter 2019 was Chanel’s first posthumous show after the sudden passing of Karl Lagerfeld, but the collection was anything but somber. Instead, it highlighted his astonishing achievements as a designer, his ability to make desire tangible, and his iconic signatures like swishy tweed and imaginative accessories.
With the Grand Palais turned into a snowy mountainside village, complete with ski chalets, the magnificent silhouettes of Chanel’s languid patterned suits really popped. The collection, co-created with Lagerfeld’s “right and left hand” Virgine Viard was a high note with which to close his chapter. Puffy ski suits, logo’d knitwear, and elegant capes carried the après-ski message forward. While we could rave about Chanel’s Fall/Winter 2019 collection for hours, don’t take it from us.
Instead, take it from guests like Kristen Stewart, Caroline de Maigret, and Naomi Campbell, all of whom shared their thoughts on the collection and their fondest memories of Lagerfeld. As the people who knew him best, their perspective adds a touch of nostalgia to the snowy scene at hand, making us appreciate the gifts – both sartorial and emotional – that the designer passed to all who were lucky enough to cross his path.