French luxury label Chanel today (March 5, 2019) in the Grad Palais in Paris presented its final collection as designed by Karl Lagerfeld, who passed away at the age of 85 on February 19th. The collection was co-designed by Virginie Viard, who has been appointed as Lagerfeld’s successor.
The set for the fall 2019 collection took inspiration from an Alpine ski resort complete with smoke emerging from chimneys that included a backdrop of snow-capped mountains. A note reading “the beat goes on” was placed on the seat of attendees, who included Jennie Kim, Janelle Monáe, Kristen Stewart, Naomi Campbell, Claudia Schiffer and Anna Wintour, who led a sanding ovation for the emotional show that left many in tears.
The show was introduced with a recording of Lagerfeld, who spoke in French and closed with the statement, “It’s like walking in a painting.” The runway was opened by Cara Delevingne, a model favorite of Lagerfeld, and closed with models walking out are and arm to David Bowie‘s 1977 single “Heroes.”
Check out some of the show’s highlights below along with some of the looks via Chanel below.
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“The Beat Goes On” note card placed on seats for #KarlLagerfeld’s final #Chanel presentation in #Paris. #VirginieViard, who has been with the house steadily since 1997, has been announced as Lagerfeld’s succesor. She first joined Chanel in 1987 as an intern in the embroidery division. #pfw
“The beat goes on” note placed on attendees’ seats
Lagerfeld: “It’s like walking in a painting.”
Delevingne opens show
Chanel show finale