At Chanel, it was a celebration of the maison’s Parisian heritage—an exact replica of the Eiffel Tower astonished guests as they entered the Grand Palais—and its timeless muse, Gabrielle. Karl’s no alien to recreate what Gabrielle would’ve loved if she was alive; in fact, during his remarkable 30-year journey, he’s been focusing on creating signature elements that define the maison’s modern language.
No one quite knows Gabrielle as Karl does. As a Belgian in Paris, he has absorbed every bit of the city and maison for this Haute Couture collection, saying on the release “It’s a vision of a revived Parisian woman, it is all about cut, shapes, silhouettes. Here the line is very delineated and graphic, it’s very modern.” Sticked to the contemporary concept, the Chanel suit was completely reimagined, incorporating balloon sleeves whilst accentuating the waist; all paired with hats and black leather boots.
The cosmopolitan concept went as far as it could go—pearls, one of Gabrielle’s favourite accessories, were encapsulated by leather and tweed, making quite a contrast with the polychromatic eye shadows. And if that wasn’t enough, Karl brought feathers into the picture in the form of camellia flowers, adding volume to the classic ensembles. To glamourise the concept, black dresses completed the collection with allure, made in the most extraordinary way.
After the gorgeous bride strolled down the catwalk—the dress was as voluminous and enchanting as one could expect from the house—Karl Lagerfeld took the catwalk to receive the Grand Vermeil de la Ville de Paris medal. “Your imagination is boundless, and your ability to transport us into a different universe. You are a universal person, but you are also someone who makes Paris more beautiful and more creative. You are a Parisian,” said the city’s Mayor, Anna Hidalgo as she honoured Karl. His response? “Vive la France! and above all, Vive Paris!”
Photos by GERSON LIRIO
Visual Editor OLGA SOROKINA