On the heels on my Parisian Charm post about couturier Coco Chanel (here), today Karl Lagerfeld’s Front Row Only prêt-à-porter AW 2016 fashion show was reminiscent of the founder’s showings at the atelier at 31 Rue Cambon. There was no airport, no casino, no brasserie, no green grass, nothing at all to divert attention from the beautiful Chanel collection. Just an nostalgic air of bourgeois couture.
Everyone, all 3,000 attendees, got a (gold) front-row seat (chair).
With a ringside view of the runway, the details and the artistry of Lagerfeld’s creations were not to be missed. Against a simple cream backdrop at the Grand Palais, the 600 metres long catwalk took models almost nine minutes to walk.
And what a polished and amazing collection it was. An homage to Coco herself with classic tweeds, mounds of pearls, hats, camellias, ruffled cocktail dresses, sequins—it was Karl Lagerfeld taking a glance back to the beginning, but in his own inimitable way.
Some speculate that perhaps it is Lagerfeld’s swan song. As Creative Director and head designer for Chanel since 1983, the designer has interpreted and reinterpreted the Chanel sartorial canon for neigh these 33 years; the brilliant maestro managing to keep Chanel—the brand and the fashions—fresh, and modern, and ever so appealing.
VIEW THE ENTIRE 93 PIECE COLLECTION here: Vogue.
POST PHOTO: March 8, 2016. REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes