Paris Fashion Week Pays Tribute to Karl Lagerfeld

A giant of a shadow hung over Parish Fashion week this season after the recent death of Karl Lagerfeld. A week before in Milan, Fendi paid its respect by showing a portion of Loïc Prigent’s documentary, “Karl Lagerfeld Sketches His Life.” Lagerfeld passed away days before the Fendi show. At Chloé, bundles of postcards depicting photos, editorials and ad campaigns with quotes from Karl Lagerfeld paid homage to the designer.

He was one of the most prolific and influential designers to date, and helmed the house of Chanel since 1982, and co-created ready-to-wear at Fendi as well as Chloé from the 60s to the 90s. He was known not only for his signature ponytail and suited up style but also for his hard work, the designer seemingly never took a break and in interviews had said that he was always looked forward, “The beat goes on”. This famous quote that was inscribed into show notes at Lagerfeld’s last show for Chanel.

He designed 10 collections a year for Chanel and not only that but created grand spectacles for each runway show, highlighting his ability to continue to evoke, interpret and modernize the Chanel style yet keep to Gabrielle Chanel’s vision of the Chanel woman. He quilted, tailored, added volume, embellished and streamlined silhouettes and iconic styles that always seemed fresh despite the sheer amount of output Lagerfeld had to create.

In Paris on Tuesday, the house showed Lagerfeld’s final collection against a snowy backdrop. The show, started with a minute of silence to pay respects and tribute to the late designer. As ever, he reveled in Chanel’s signatures, tweeds that presented them in colorful skirt suits, wide-legged trouser suits and sweeping wool coats. He explored worlds from Nordic style sweaters to flowy patterned white dresses and fluffy snowball dresses.