PARIS — Emotions ran high at the fall shows in the French capital ahead of Chanel’s snowy farewell to Karl Lagerfeld.
The designer’s last lineup for the historic French house contributed to a strong wave of tailoring that swept through the collections, delighting buyers eager for a sure-fire selling point.
Outerwear held ground, ever varied, ever necessary, from trenches to puffers, while sportswear and sneakers continued their retreat. A new favorite emerged: The suit, which designers tackled in earnest, churning out new proposals that included fresh takes on the power suit.
Color palettes touched both extremes, with muted, monochrome looks on one side of the spectrum while a broad range of neon added intensity.
Valentino RTW Fall 2019
Chanel and Valentino topped the list of favorites, with Celine and Loewe getting strong mentions. Last season’s breakout, Paco Rabanne, kept up the momentum, leading the third wave of favorites, along with Balenciaga.
Paco Rabanne RTW Fall 2019
“We could feel the excitement in the air all week leading up to the most anticipated show of the fall season at Chanel,” said Roopal Patel, fashion director at Saks Fifth Avenue. “The collection was a beautiful tribute and graceful dance only fitting for a legend.”
“It was an emotional