There Wasn't a Dry Eye During Karl Lagerfeld's Final Chanel Fashion Show

Cara Delevingne led the emotional event

Karl Lagerfeld’s final collection for Chanel has shown at Paris Fashion Week, and the emotional event left many models and celebrities struggling to hold back tears. Following the designer’s death in February 2019, the show marked Lagerfeld’s final collection for Chanel, a brand he had designed for since 1983.

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The ski-chalet, winter wonderland theme was introduced with a minute of silence for the iconic designer, before Cara Delevingne and Kaia Gerber led the models on the runway. Actress Penelope Cruz also made her catwalk debut, and looked amazing in a white puffball dress and white boots.

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Guests were each given an illustration of Lagerfeld and Coco Chanel with the words ‘the beat goes on…’. Those attending the show included Kristen Stewart, Naomi Campbell, Clemence Poesy, Claudia Schiffer and Ashley Benson.

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For the finale, models walked – many holding back tears – to a standing ovation as David Bowie’s hit Heroes blared through the venue. The same music was played during his final Fendi show last week in Milan, and is believed to have been a parting instruction from the designer himself.

Following Karl’s death, Alain Wertheimer, CEO of Chanel, said: ‘Thanks to his creative genius, generosity and exceptional intuition, Karl Lagerfeld was ahead of his time, which widely contributed to the House of Chanel’s success throughout the world. Today, not only have I lost a friend, but we have all lost an extraordinary creative mind to whom I gave carte blanche in the early 1980s to reinvent the brand.’

This post originally appeared on Cosmopolitan.com

Feature image: @haileybieber

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