“I must be dreaming, I must.” This was my main thought during the entire Paris Fashion Week, mostly referring myself to my first ever Chanel Show. For those that aren´t particular aware of my profound love for Chanel, well, it goes way back into my childhood. Two days before the show, I actually received the confirmation and it was impossible to hide my extremely emotional reaction to this remarkable moment. Not only I´d be attending the runway show, I´d be one of the lucky ones to say goodbye to Karl, the man that stood side by side to Coco Chanel´s legacy, for more than 36 years. The entire experience was, and putting it lightly, a dream.
I learned my lesson on the day of the Hermés show, so for Chanel I got outside of the my hotel room one hour before the show. Rain and rush hour don´t ever go together.
My look was, and then again, clean and based on Chanel´s classy colour scheme – black&white. I chose a long ivory blazer paired with my Chanel´s black leggings in a sporty/cycling inspired mood. To finish the look I went with black leather cowboy boots, my timeless 2.55 Chanel´s bag and my Chanel´s sunglasses with little white pearls on the lenses.
I sat just right behind two Supermodels from the 90´s, Naomi Campbell and Cláudia Schiffer, making the best of it by expressing how much of a inspiration they are to me since I´m also from the 90´s. Plus, I shared with Claudia that my name comes from my brother´s love for her when he was younger. He almost begged my family to name me after her, a story that made her símile, of course. Spotted Anna Dello Russo across dozens of people, and as expected, she is a major styling queen.
The show itself took place in an Alpine Wonderland ( as in Karl´s last instructions) entitled as “Chalet Gardenia” AND featuring 12 perfect little cottages with actual smoking chimneys, a mountain cyclorama and real pine trees; however it couldn´t start without a 60 second pause to absorve its beauty, realism, magic, and to pay a delicate homage to Karl´s impact. After Karl´s voiceover from a recent Chanel Podcast where he spoke about his pleasure about surprising the audience, Cara just entered the runaway. The collection was, obviously, a mirror of his passion for the purity of snow and winter itself, working a lot with black and white checked tweed coats, widelegged trouser suits, organze blouses and embroidery Nordic sweaters, mixing knits and fabrics. Colourful puffer jackets, furry boots, cristal white wedges and ” let´s carry more than one handbag” were visible trends and extremely appreciate.
It was a slow, sentimental and very calm experience as if we were thankful for his legacy, thankful for being able to appreciate it. Karl will me missed.