Chanel presented its newest collection as a farewell to the House’s recently departed Creative Director, legendary Karl Lagerfeld. Ambassadors and friends of the House were invited to the Grand Palais in Paris to discover the Fall-Winter 2019/20 collection, the final one designed by Karl Lagerfeld and his longtime collaborator and successor at Chanel‘s helm Virginie Viard.
This season brings knitted sweaters, cardigans, dresses and midi-length skirts. White-splashed knits with geometric patterns resembling snowflakes heighten the spirit of the collection. With their quilted faux fur reliefs, they appear as light as snow.
The models stride across the snow-lain ground in their winter coats and fedoras. Their large overcoats open to reveal looks in tweed, wide pants and micro-jackets, in a play of contrasting yet coordinated motifs.
Checkered fabrics, herringbone prints, houndstooth and tartan weaves, mixed and layered in a palette of beige, wood brown, black and snow white.
Chanel‘s emblematic tweed takes on a wintry feel. On oversized bags and fedoras by Maison Michel, it accentuates an androgynous attitude and plays trompe l’oeil with checked suiting and fuchsia silhouettes.
All-white silhouettes blend with the show’s wintry, snow-wreathed setting. Pure, pristine white is the thread running through the Fall-Winter 2019/20 collection, infusing down jackets dusted with transparent sequins, tops draped like snow drifts, soft tweed pants and fluffy ‘snow-ball’ feather dresses.
A palette of winter white, beige, black and navy blue is punctuated with drops of purple, fuchsia, brick and emerald green. A range of nuanced tones warms the tweeds, knits and leathers in the collection, illuminating soft winter tones.
Long cape-coats sweep the snow-dusted floor, stately in bearing. Black as night, they strike a sharp contrast against the dazzling white landscape. In wool-lined leather, downy knits with crystal spangles, tweed or faux fur, they envelope the wintry silhouettes like noble trains.
For the show’s finale, Lagerfeld’s latest muse Luna Bijl appeared in a ‘snow-ball’ dress encapsulating the collection: a light feather skirt paired with an embroidered bodice of snowflakes in vinyl glinting with gold.
The Fall-Winter 2019/20 show gathered friends and ambassadors of the House at the Grand Palais in Paris. Kristen Stewart, Naomi Campbell, Janelle Monae, Anna Mouglalis and Caroline De Maigret were among the guests. Actress and Chanel ambassador Penélope Cruz walked the runway for the first time, wearing a signature ‘snow-ball’ skirt.
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