PARIS–Why Chanel does not show in the last slot of Paris Fashion Week mystifies me. If there was ever a grand finale, this morning’s performance at the Grand Palais was it. Karl Lagerfeld sent out 80 models, over 85 looks, and brought in a symphony to accompany the models strutting down the runway. Jean-Baptiste, Crystal Renn, and Erin Wasson were there, along with the legendary Inès de la Fressange, who played with her soft, wavy black bob as she swept the white pebbled floor.
The looks were classic Karl-for-Chanel. Plenty of tweed suits reinterpreted for spring, some florals, a wide-brimmed hat transformed into an umbrella, and enough tulle to decorate a ballroom.
Of course, nearly everyone in the room was toting a Chanel bag (including myself) or wearing a Chanel jacket (haven’t gotten that far in life yet). As Karl entered the room to take his bow to the sound of The Verve’s “Bitter Sweet Symphony,” he took Inès’ hand. They circled around the room like king and queen. We bow to you, Karl. Yes, we do.