Not content with having created a bespoke Chanel supermarket, magical Chanel forest, waterfall and spaceship, this season, Karl Lagerfeld created the holiday of our dreams for his Paris Fashion Week SS19 show. Bravo.
The show might have been held, like previous season, at the Grand Palais in Paris, however the audience was most definitely on the French Riviera.
You see, Karl shunned the catwalk in favour of an bonafide beach. There was sand, water, and even a lifeguard tower (an ode to Baywatch? Pamela Anderson did attend after all...). Karl himself stood on the jetty to watch the finale.
Models Kaia Gerber and Adwoa Aboah walked barefoot along the beach, feet in the water, against a blue sky backdrop. It looked like a holiday, and that's because it was.
The whole set was inspired by the designer's childhood holidays on the German island of Sylt. As for the clothes, they very much carried the 'vacances' themes.
There were monogrammed wicker caps, oversized slogan t-shirts, cycling shorts, beach-towel inspired bags and dresses as well as some pretty tropical prints.
If editors were feeling any sort of fashion week fatigue, it was clearly gone after a trip to the Riviera.
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Penny Goldstone is the Digital Fashion Editor at Marie Claire, covering everything from catwalk trends to royal fashion and the latest high street and Instagram must-haves.
Penny grew up in France and studied languages and law at the Sorbonne Nouvelle University in Paris before moving to the UK for her MA in multimedia journalism at Bournemouth University. She moved to the UK permanently and has never looked back (though she does go back regularly to stock up on cheese and wine).
Although she's always loved fashion - she used to create scrapbooks of her favourite trends and looks, including Sienna Miller and Kate Moss' boho phase - her first job was at MoneySavingExpert.com, sourcing the best deals for everything from restaurants to designer sales.
However she quit after two years to follow her true passion, fashion journalism, and after many years of internships and freelance stints at magazines including Red, Cosmopolitan, Stylist and Good Housekeeping, landed her dream job as the Digital Fashion Editor at Marie Claire UK.
Her favourite part of the job is discovering new brands and meeting designers, and travelling the world to attend events and fashion shows. Seeing her first Chanel runway IRL at Paris Fashion Week was a true pinch-me moment.
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