Today, the Grand Palais was transformed into a beautiful Mediterranean garden complete with a reflecting pool for the set of Chanel Spring 2019 Couture collection. Hidden under the Parisian snow, models walked down the runway in pretty pastels, lace, monochrome madness, tulle, feathers and fur, and classic Chanel tweed. At Villa Chanel, inspired by la bella Italia, natural flowers were immersed into resin in order to become immortal, ostrich feathers were put into slow motion, embroidered swimsuit with strategic clipping was transformed into an unconventional wedding dress. When it comes to Karl Lagerfeld, everything is allowed. “Parole, parole…”, the lyrics of Dalida’s famous song served as the backdrop for a collection inspired by Lagerfeld’s love for the 18th century. It was a moment in time when Paris witnessed the end of reign of Louis XIV, the start of the French revolution and the birth of haute couture as we know it today. The collection includes a variety of colors— pastel rose, cream, powder blue, navy and black, floral decorations of boat-neck tweed suits, full skirts, a bit of ruffles, bubble hems and delicate cocktail and evening dresses.
There were some refreshing details alongside signature silhouettes, from feather-trimmed sleeves and hemlines to low-neckline collars with tastefully exposed décolletage to high-slit pencil skirts. Splendid and almost indescribable, this collection speaks volumes about Lagerfeld’s personal credo, his passion and vision for the days ahead. With each cut and hand-stitched decoration, one could feel creative superiority of the famed maison. Rumors that Karl Lagerfeld is unwell have been persistent for years, which is why the Chanelistas at the venue were not surprised that he was absent from the show. For the first time, Chanel bride walked alone. “For the traditional greeting at the end of the show, Mr. Lagerfeld, artistic director of Chanel, who was feeling tired, asked Virginie Viard, director of the creative studio of the house, to represent him and greet the guests alongside the bride,” Chanel said in a statement.
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