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Front Row Chanel

Front Row Chanel
Gigi Hadid

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).

Seating | Vogue Paris
Invitation to the Show
Invitation to the Show | Vogue Paris

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. decor_MAZ_V2.jpg.fashionImg.veryhi

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._CHA0751

A model presents a creation by German designer Karl Lagerfeld as part of his Fall/Winter 2016/2017 women's ready-to-wear collection for fashion house Chanel at the Grand Palais in Paris, France, March 8, 2016. REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes

A model presents a creation for Chanel during the 2016-2017 fall/winter ready-to-wear collection fashion show on March 8, 2016 in Paris. AFP PHOTO / PATRICK KOVARIK / AFP / PATRICK KOVARIK


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.  20160308_Chanel_042-784x523


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POST PHOTO: March 8, 2016. REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes

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