The sound of wind chimes echoed across the Grand Palais this morning, where Karl Lagerfeld’s final collection for Chanel debuted in an alpine ski village. Models emerged one by one from the “Chalet Gardenia” and trod across the snow-covered set in an emotional tribute to the iconic and beloved designer, who passed away last month.
Those women, led by Cara Delevingne, represented the long line of models and muses that he had anointed. “It was a celebration of Karl today at Chanel,” said backstage hairstylist Sam McKnight. And so he went back to a classic style Lagerfeld had loved: loose, natural texture, pulled half-back with help from his Modern Hairspray and tied simply with a black grosgrain ribbon. Others were secured with seed pearl or enamel barrettes or camellia brooches, another emblem of the house that Lagerfeld made his own. They came in ornate gold, white silk, or colored tweed that matched the clothes. “I gave him all the things he loved: camellias, bows, brooches in the hair,” McKnight added. A slight wintry flush of the cheek came from the hand of makeup artist Lucia Pica, who otherwise let each individual woman shine as they celebrated a man who had changed their lives.