On Tuesday, the fashion world gathered in Paris to pay tribute to the late Karl Lagerfeld at Chanel's Fall 2019 runway presentation, where the last collection he designed for the house before his passing in February would be unveiled. It was an emotional — yet celebratory — occasion, with Lagerfeld's muses and close friends either walking in the show (Cara Delevingne, Cat McNeil and Mariacarla Boscono) or sitting front row (Caroline de Maigret, Naomi Campbell and Claudia Schiffer) to honor his legacy. And honor it they did, with a beautiful show set in a dreamy, snow-covered ski lodge and a collection full of knits, menswear and floaty dresses.
The beauty look for the show, helmed by hairstylist Sam McKnight and makeup artist Lucia Pica (who serves as Chanel Beauty's Global Creative Make up and Colour Designer), felt patently Chanel, and therefore, patently Lagerfeld. For starters, it was heavy on the hair accessories — a trend that will clearly still be going strong into Fall 2019 — and in many ways seemed intent on making the models look like the happiest, best versions of themselves.
"Sparkly hair slides, ribbons, brooches and camellias adorned the simple healthy hair," wrote McKnight of the look on Instagram. "Hair half-up, half-down, natural cool-girl textures tied with ribbons." He pulled models' hair into simple half-ponytails that were easy, wearable and classic.
He also shared a video that showed the broad array of different hair accessories and adornments he used to tie back models' hair.
One particularly covetable accessory — not unlike the many rhinestone-and-crystal-studded barrettes we've seen outside the shows at every city this Fashion Month — was a script version of the Chanel logo done entirely in pearls.
Another even more whimsical adornment brought the theme of the show into the beauty look: a cluster of pink-and-blue enamel barrettes in the shape of a heart, an ice skate and depicting snowcapped mountains.
The simplest version of the look incorporated a single black ribbon, tied into a neat bow at the back of the models' heads for a prim, classic effect.
While McKnight obviously took delight in the array of hair accessories and the look he created, he was also understandably quite sentimental, having collaborated on Lagerfeld's runways, season after season. He called Tuesday's show "a celebration of Karl and all things Chanel," adding "huge love and respect goes to the wonderful team at Chanel for a very personal and emotional show today," in one of his Instagram captions.
Pica's makeup for the show was an on-theme après-ski look with slightly rosy cheeks, blotted-out nude lips and subtle eye makeup. She created a slightly smoky, dark-rimmed eye look that lent a bit of depth without verging on dramatic or moody. Pica also enhanced models brows — a rarity in a season full of afterthought arches — and gave them a structured, boyish shape with a bit of fullness, much like Delevingne's natural brows for which she is so well-known.
Click through the gallery below to see more of the beauty look from the Chanel Fall 2019 runway.