Every year, I’m able to attend various shows and presentations, but I always look forward to Chanel the most (it’s a major highlight of fashion month). I feel so privileged to have witnessed this season’s special collection because, as I’m sure you know, it was the last of Karl Lagerfeld’s designs. Being able to see it first hand was truly an emotional experience that I’ll never forget. I was in complete awe as each look came down the runway and fascinated by the level of detail that went into each piece. As I’m flying back from Paris now, I thought I’d share 5 of my favorite moments from the Chanel Fashion Show – and also write this post in memory of Karl Lagerfeld.
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1. The Winter Wonderland Set Up
Chanel’s exhibitions are always the most over the top but at the same time, breathtaking, creative, and ethereal. And this one was no different. I just loved the winter wonderland set up! It was ingenious from the snow-covered runway and mountains to the cozy cottage homes. The whole production transported me to a totally different place and it felt so magical.
2. It was full of color
The clothes itself was also a fun surprise. I loved the inclusion of several colors I didn’t expect to see, such as teal, primary reds and blues, and orange. The look pictured above is just one example and it was one of my favorites with the bold color blocking.
3. It stayed true to Chanel’s classic aesthetic
Despite the colorful pieces, I love how Chanel always stays true to its classic aesthetic with tweed. The show opened up with Cara Delevigne wearing a tweed suit and houndstooth jacket, followed by tons of monochrome outfits that looked so luxurious in the snow-covered setting. The tailoring, pleated trousers, and duster coats stood out most to me; they were all so chic and elevated.
4. Penelope Cruz’s runway debut
Watching Penelope Cruz walk her first ever runway show was a delight. I was really moved by the meaning behind this since she is a close friend of Karl and a house ambassador. She looked impeccable in endless layers of ruffles and snow boots. That followed by the parade of classic Chanel girls was probably the most emotional part of the whole thing. David Bowie’s “We Could Be Heroes” was such a fitting song for this fleeting moment.
5. Virginie Viard’s closeout
Chanel’s new Creative Director, Virginie Viard’s close out was also a highlight and I’m definitely looking forward to her designs. I think it’s so exciting that this is Chanel’s first female creative director since Coco Chanel herself. I’m noticing more of a masculine touch in her designs, but they still feel very feminine and wearable. And if you didn’t know, Virginie was a key player in re-interpreting Chanel’s classic tweed suit, so I’m expecting to see lots of great things happen in this arena.
Overall, the Chanel show always leaves me speechless from start to finish. But this one will forever be embedded in my memory. I am extremely honored and humbled to have seen Karl’s last designs in person – and feel so grateful to have worn some of them in my lifetime. The fashion world may have lost a prolific designer, but his legacy will not be forgotten. Thank you so much to Chanel for this amazing opportunity and for allowing me to wear your ever-special pieces!