Virginie Viard pays tribute to predecessors Chanel, Lagerfeld

Wednesday, July 03, 2019

Chanel’s new chief Virginie Viard merged the worlds of two of its most famous couturiers, those of Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel and Karl Lagerfeld, for a cerebral couture show in Paris set inside a huge circular library.

For Viard’s first-ever solo couture show, both Chanel, the woman, and Lagerfeld, the house’s longtime German-born designer who died in February, were invoked through their well-known passion for books.

The theme served to provide a sense of continuity for Viard’s couture debut — but it was a display that proved the relatively-unknown 57-year-old can hold her own.-AP