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An Emotional Farewell at Karl Lagerfeld’s Final Chanel Show
This morning Chanel presented its final collection overseen by the late Karl Lagerfeld. The show, with its ski-chalet-in-winter set, opened with a moment of silence. Guests were given illustrations of Lagerfeld walking with Coco Chanel, under the phrase “The beat goes on.” Soon models, including actress Penelope Cruz, sauntered onto the snowy runway in their tweedy best. If ever there was a collection to go out on, it was this one. The suits, with their wide-leg trousers and single-button blazers, were a strong, confident silhouette this season. They were offset by youthful, fuzzy bubble skirts — a reminder that even the oldest luxury houses know how to have fun with fashion. At the end of the show, Lagerfeld’s longtime right-hand and successor at the house, Virginie Viard, gave a small wave, as models like Mariacarla Boscono shed their tears and took their final walk — an emotional farewell to a designer who will be sorely missed.
Supreme Is the Most Popular Brand Among Those Searching for Fakes (The Fashion Law)
The marketing firm SEMrush has released a report on knock-off designer products sold online and for the second year in a row Supreme was the most searched for brand among those looking for fakes. Other top brands on the list included Ray-Ban, Audemars Piguet, Oakley, and Vans.
Olivier Theyskens Is Here to Outfit High-Fashion Covens
Did the goth prince of Paris really just use pink in a collection? Yes. Soft roses and bold reds popped up here and there on Olivier Theyskens’ runway, proving that the designer can still surprise and work his magic in any color palate. Hard-core fans needn’t fret. There was plenty of darkness to go around, including the show-stopping finale dress — a black satin ballgown with the hook-and-eye closure details Theyskens built his brand on.
Diane von Furstenberg Announces People’s Voice Nominees for DVF Awards
This morning, Diane von Furstenberg announced the 2019 People’s Voice Award nominees, one of five honors that will be recognized at her annual DVF Awards. The category nominates four extraordinary women dedicated to transforming the lives of others. The public votes on the winner, who receives $50,000. Voting is open online now and will remain open until March 24. The 10th annual DVF Awards will take place April 11.
This year’s nominees are Amanda Nguyen, a 2019 Nobel Peace Prize nominee, and the CEO and founder of Rise, a national civil rights nonprofit helping survivors of sexual violence; Yvette Alberdingk-Thijm, a media activist and executive director of WITNESS, which helps people use video and technology to ensure their voices are not silenced; Susan Burton, founder of A New Way of Life, which provides resources for housing, employment, and more on behalf of and with people struggling to rebuild their lives after incarceration; and Maria Vertkin, founder and executive director of Found In Translation, a non-profit dedicated to helping homeless and low-income multilingual women achieve economic security through the use of their language skills.
Sacai Puts an Avant-Garde Spin on Outerwear
Unusual belting, oversized details, and asymmetrical slashing — Chitose Abe certainly kept things interesting with outerwear at Sacai this season. The designer’s biggest skill, however, was knowing how to make the avant-garde elements work in a wearable way. Balancing function with fashion, the collection looked as ready for pages of a magazine as for the harshest winter elements.