Karl Lagerfeld was notoriously averse to any discussion of his mortality and it was his wish that when he died, there would be no memorial.
But it’s been impossible fashion community to ignore the hole that Lagerfeld’s absence has left on both Chanel and the entire industry. Since the designer’s death on February 19, at the start of Milan Fashion Week, there was both insider and public speculation on whether or not Chanel would honor Lagerfeld’s wishes. On Tuesday, the French fashion paid tribute to its iconic designer in subtle — but powerful — ways.
1. Show goers wore black in mourning
Chanel show attendees usually pull out all the stops, donning their best double C’s in bright tweeds, statement boots and whatever the current season’s clever theme may be at the time. But for Tuesday’s show, most show goers avoided the bright corals and beach vibes of the spring ’19 collection and opted for mostly black and navy, in the brand’s signature tweeds or simple wool. Many attendees wore Chanel’s iconic ballet flats and Mary Janes in two-tone nude and black. Lagerfeld muse Kristen Stewart was front row in an all-black ensemble with double C’s.
Kristen Stewart in the front row.