The show notes for Chanel’s Fall/Winter 2019 runway, the final show longtime creative director Karl Lagerfeld designed for the brand before his death two weeks ago – the first since his passing in early February, featured an illustration by Lagerfeld of himself and the late Coco Chanel, the two people most associated with the brand, under the words, ‘’The beat goes on…’’.
The vast open air space of the Grand Palais, Chanel’s longtime staging ground, was set up as this time an Alpine ski town complete, surrounded by the main cabin house ‘’Chanel Gardenia’’.
The collection was close to perfect, as well, filled with alluring clothes that somehow felt right for the moment. There were black, white and tan tweeds in menswear plaids and houndstooth prints on high-waisted, wide-legged pants worn with shearling boots; long, loose coats, frilled chiffon and silk blouses; and beautiful, plush knits in Fair Isle patterns and stripes. A series of feathery white dresses closed the show, delicate as snowflakes modeled by Adut Akech, Kaia Gerber, and Penelope Cruz, the most recent face of Chanel, who smiled down the runway holding a white rose in the designer’s memory.