Before the show begins there was a one-minute silence for Karl Lagerfeld. A moment to reflect on the 36 years of service he devoted to the house. In his last project he had staged his show in a snowy Alpine wonderland. Dubbed “Chalet Gardenia”, it featured 12 Alpine huts with actual smoking chimneys, a mountain cyclorama and real pine trees. It was a moment to sit in wonder. And the people who really knew him have been caught up in a schedule with little time for much reflection, it was a quiet moment in which to grieve.
Karl was known for delivering something spicy, either making some sensational pronouncement or talking some new subject of disdain.He was hugely entertaining. In his last show, it is all about shearling snow boots, sweeping skirt lengths and Alpine flavours was riddle. Almost everyone in the show having tears in their eyes remembering Karl until the end, when the models, led by Cara Delevingne, swept back out in a group to Bowie’s “Heroes.” At which point the audience stood and applauded. They continued in that vein for several minutes, even after the runway was empty.