Karl Lagerfeld bid his adieu at Chanel with one of his infamously extravagant fashion show spectacles. While the inspiration for his Tyrolean turn was never full explained there was no question that this eccentric creator will be missed. After a moment of reverent silence to honor this larger than life man, who designed for the House of Chanel for 37 years, the show, and the snow, went on. Nordic sweaters, warm wools, layers of tweed, and shearling snow boots, surely were designed with warmth in mind. The designer played with proportional variations and mismatched tweets to compliment trim coats and practical length skirts all the while enlivening sweater dressing with classic Chanel accessories and overlaid jewelry.
Lagerfeld’s playful demeanor turned the stern winter wear styles into snow-kissed romantic daywear and sparkling evening wear. After the winter white, grey, brown and black winter palette that opened the show more traditional Chanel tweed suiting followed. Stretching the theme a bit, the designer offered pops of lively color and some outerwear befitting the silent movie era, complete with round tulip lapels and hems. The collection distantly embraced the Chanel Ski collections of the past with puffer coats and active sports-inspired designs. With evening wear the metallic threads and crystals woven into the fabrics’ complimented with and lustrous beading and elegant sequenced pieces in ice white recalled the twinkling of the sparkling snow. Lagerfeld’s ability to craft a collection that appealed to his multi-generational and international clientele was truly remarkable. He made everything Chanel by enlivening tradition for some and introducing innovation and edge for others. Lagerfeld’s vast and visionary talents were unparallel in the history of fashion. A brilliant entity Lagerfeld was generous with his intellect, forethought and his utmost style and his fall-winter 2019 collection was a step in the evolution of Chanel that will never be forgotten.