Updated: Feb 1, 2019
Villa Chanel may be a mocked-up Mediterranean tuscan-style paradise but that doesn’t mean we don’t want to spend our spring vacation there. The French country house (set) was complete to the last detail including grass, a pool , palm trees and a celeste sky. Chanel creative director , legend and titan of the fashion industry: Karl Lagerfeld was responsible for the idyllic collection and grand set for the high-end luxury brand’s Haute Couture show on Tuesday (January 22, 2019).
Lagerfeld has been Chanel’s creative director since the early 1980’s. The designer dared to tackle Coco’s legacy and did it with maintaining the fashion’s house essence while still adding originality and modernity. Chanel is a giant that has proved the test of time and it’s current god is Karl Lagerfeld. The designer is also the creative director for LVMH’S Fendi label and his eponymous brand. But even in Olympia gods must rest. At the end of Chanel’s transcendent Spring 2019 Couture show, the monarch was noticeably absent from his typical crowd-rousing finale walk.
In his place, Lagerfeld’s long-time right hand Virginie Viard, who has stood alongside him at the close of previous shows, took a bow.
The collection was inspired by Lagerfeld's favourite period and the allure of eighteenth century , feathers adorned new twists on the brand's classic tweed suits, which came with ankle length or fishtail skirts.
Some models wore pastel coloured prom-style dresses with hand embroidered flowers . One strutted down the catwalk in a pale green number embellished with life-like flowers as celebrities including film director Sofia Coppola and actress Tilda Swinton looked on from deck chairs.
The fashion show closed with a glittering silver swimsuit as the brand's bridal look,with Italian model Vittoria Ceretti complete with a veil trailing from a swimming cap. It was glorious.