Gone but will never be forgotten! This was the mood at Chanel’s Fall show in Paris Fashion Week—the final collection of the late great Karl Lagerfeld. Although his death was (purported to be) sudden, his last offering looked like a fitting final farewell to what has been one the most, if not the most illustrious careers in fashion history. All of his Chanel signatures, his own plays of the codes established by Coco Chanel, were on full display: oversized tweet suits, young and multi-color takes on the iconic suit, decorative gardenia and pearls, the classic black and white looks, and a parade of winter white frocks that belonged to a fantasy land. In fact, the set in of itself seemed like a winter wonderland. And in this wonderland were women divinely dressed in modern iterations of the look. That was and always will be the biggest contribution of the late great “Kaiser of Fashion.” It was through his creative mind that he was able to translate a classic look into a contemporary style, whatever decade that may have been. So overwhelmed were his fans and muses that some of them, including Oscar-winning actress Penelope Cruz, walked down the runway as a final salute. There will never be a designer quite like Lagerfeld, and this collection, as well as his unbelievable legacy, will attest to that.
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