It's the journey that matters most to the house of Chanel, which chose a rail station as inspiration for its latest cruise collection, staged in Paris today. A train platform, installed in the heart of the Grand Palais, was a fitting backdrop for a collection seeking to recreate the glamour and excitement of leaving the city. The collection was the first to be designed without input from Karl Lagerfeld, who died in February. Created by Virginie Viard, formerly Lagerfeld’s right-hand woman and now the designer charged with taking to Chanel into a new chapter, the collection offered a loose, more relaxed aesthetic loaded with options for a woman planning her own great escape.
Keira Knightley is expecting baby number two! The Aftermath actress, 34, revealed she is set to welcome her second child with husband James Righton, 35, as she debuted her baby bump at the Chanel J12 cocktail party in Paris. Knightley showcased her growing bump as she headed to the event in an elegant cream and nude dress.
Kim Kardashian is now famed for her adventurous fashion choices – remember that recent nipple-skimming black Thierry Mugler dress some likened to a back-to-front sports bra? The Keeping Up With The Kardashians favourite shared a snap of herself to Instagram in October wearing a teeny tiny Chanel bikini that was so small she appeared to be at risk of sunburn in unmentionable places.
Plenty of words get overused, especially in the hyperbolic world of fashion, filled with hot air and air-kissing in equal measure. “Genius” and “iconic” are my main bugbears – the former should be used sparingly, about folk such as Azzedine Alaïa (a genius craftsman) or maybe Tom Ford (a genius at marketing, let's not beat about the bush). The latter should only be used if you have, say, an unfolding triptych of a medieval saint pasted onto the front of a coat: Jean Paul Gaultier, incidentally, did that in 1997. And it was, indeed, iconic.“Outstanding” is an odd word though. What does it really mean? I mean it obviously means to stand out, but in the realm of fashion, when so many designers are jostling, constantly, to make themselves heard above the bubbling masses, how does a designer achieve that? I guess it means doing something over and above the ordinary – the ordinary being to cobble together some good clothes and send them down a catwalk a few times a year.
Virginie Viard has been named as Karl Lagerfeld’s successor at Chanel following news of the former creative director’s death on Tuesday. Dubbed Lagerfeld’s “right hand woman”, Viard previously held the role of fashion creation studio director at the French fashion house. Viard has been by Lagerfeld’s side at Chanel for more than three decades, ensuring that the label runs smoothly.
Having been at the helm of Chanel since 1983 until his death on Tuesday, Karl Lagerfeld has dressed everyone from A-listers to supermodels and royalty.The German-born artistic director once said of the Queen: “She is never ridiculous; she is flawless. For this job, in our day, she is perfect.”He reportedly even begged his parents to buy him his first TV set so he could watch Her Majesty’s coronation in 1953.Princess Diana dressed head-to-toe in Chanel for her first official to Paris in 1988 and owned a number of now iconic pastel skirt suits.She reportedly no longer wanted to wear accessories with the interlocking double C logo after her divorce from Prince Charles in 1996. The initials apparently reminded her of Charles and his then-lover Camilla Parker Bowles, but she did continue to wear her couture pieces.Camilla, now Duchess of Cornwall, has stayed loyal to a pair of monochrome pumps by the French fashion house for more than a decade now.But it’s not just the older generation who have worn the fashion house’s wares. The Duchess of Cambridge thrilled when she wore a tweed Chanel coat dress and burgundy enamel bag for a visit to Paris in 2017.While the Duchess of Sussex hasn’t publicly worn any of Lagerfeld’s pieces as a member of the Royal Family, the mum-to-be has been spotted carrying the Chanel ‘Gabrielle’ bag previously.Take a look at all the royals who have worn Chanel.Follow us on Instagram and Facebook for non-stop inspiration delivered fresh to your feed, every day. For Twitter updates, follow @YahooStyleUK.Read more from Yahoo Style UK:21 of Karl Lagerfeld’s most memorable (and controversial) quotesKarl Lagerfeld’s legacy: The Chanel designer’s career in picturesKarl Lagerfeld dead at 85 – celebrities pay tribute to Chanel’s legendary designer
Less than an hour after news broke of the death of fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld on Tuesday, animal rights organisation People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) released a statement that left some people shocked and disgusted. Karl Lagerfeld defended his right to use furs and exotic animal skins in his designs despite PETA’s repeated protests. “Karl Lagerfeld has gone, and his passing marks the end of an era when fur and exotic skins were seen as covetable.
With the passing of design legend Karl Lagerfeld the fashion world has fallen into mourning for the man who helmed Chanel and Fendi as creative director. The designer, who has been remembered in an outpouring of tributes, has left an indelible legacy.
Today it was confirmed that Chanel’s long-standing creative director, Karl Lagerfeld, has passed away at the age of 85 after missing two haute couture shows in January due to ill health. His absence was notable given he had never previously missed a bow at the end of any of his shows during his tenure.
Alexa Chung, Victoria Beckham, Donatella Versace and Diane Kruger are among those who have paid tribute to the legendary designer.
From Naomi Campbell‘s surprise runway return for Valentino to Viktor and Rolf’s meme-inspired dresses, Haute Couture Fashion Week has provided some serious desk-side chatter.Renowned for its dreamlike creations and purse-load of zeros price tags, the world of couture is seriously exclusive – giving the industry’s elite the perfect chance to demonstrate their sartorial prowess via the FROW.Thankfully, Céline Dion has continued to defend her position as reigning Queen of Couture this season in a series of gram-worthy outfit changes. First up, she watched the Alexandre Vauthier SS19 show unfold in a thigh-high split dress by the designer.Just a mere few hours later, she switched up the drama in a bow-embellished shirt and co-ordinating trousers for the Giorgio Armani Privé runway – where she gave the main man himself a quick post-show hug.Over at Chanel, brand ambassador Kristen Stewart stole the spotlight in a cropped jacket (in trademark bouclé of course) with metallic low-slung trousers and millennial-style sunnies to finish. Meanwhile, fellow actress Marion Cotillard demonstrated how to work the cycling short trend in the winter months with a chic quilted bum bag to hand.From rising star Rami Malek at Dior to a Valentino-clad Kristin Scott Thomas (we need her coat), here’s who wore what at Haute Couture Fashion Week.Follow us on Instagram and Facebook for non-stop inspiration delivered fresh to your feed, every day. For Twitter updates, follow @YahooStyleUK.Read more from Yahoo Style UK: Fashion’s ‘It’ crowd is getting younger, as Netflix’s rising stars take to the FROW at FendiFrom Naomi Campbell to David Beckham, all the celebrity style from Paris Men’s Fashion WeekBest dressed Brits: January 2019’s top celebrity fashion
Karl Lagerfeld graduated from king to pharaoh last week with a show staged among the ruins of the Temple of Dendur, an Egyptian shrine that was moved from the Nubian desert and now dominates a huge room at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art, with views of Central Park. The temple and its setting are a mix of antique and 1970s modernism, and this is plainly what inspired Chanel’s latest Métiers d’Art show. The invitation showed gold scarab beetles and ankhs on a background of retro graffiti, giving the audience a clue to what to expect.
Chanel has announced it will no longer use exotic animal skins or fur in its collections. This means the French fashion house will stop making products with crocodile, lizard, snake and stingray skins - its use of fur was already fairly minimal. Instead, it will work on developing new sustainable materials that have a low environmental impact, though Chanel has yet to clarify exactly what this will entail.
You don’t need to keep up with the seasons or understand the who’s who of the FROW to appreciate a Chanel runway, as Karl Lagerfeld is famous for putting on a show.For SS16, the French fashion house transformed the Grand Palais into the world’s chicest airport as models checked in clutching quilted suitcases and faux passports.Fast forward to AW18 and show attendees found themselves in the woods, as wrapped-up models looked autumn-ready, as they crunched through a leaf-laden runway.This season was of course no exception.For SS19, the Paris landmark was unrecognisable as picture-perfect lifeguards took to their posts against the shore. Straw hat-clad models sauntered past – their bare feet treading through the sand. Two words: Instagram central.From a botanical garden made entirely from paper to a quintessentially English garden, feast your eyes on some of the most spectacular Chanel Fashion Week catwalks to date.Follow us on Instagram and Facebook for non-stop inspiration delivered fresh to your feed, every day. For Twitter updates, follow @YahooStyleUK.Read more from Yahoo Style UK: The chicest street style looks to copy from Paris Fashion Week10 London Fashion Week trends you’ll want to wear immediatelyCelebrities at Fashion Week 2018
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