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Paris fashion week remembers Chanel icon Lagerfeld

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Published on March 5, 2019 - Duration: 01:14s

Paris fashion week remembers Chanel icon Lagerfeld

Karl Lagerfeld's last collection for Chanel opened with a minute's silence for the late designer on Tuesday (March 5), as friends, collaborators and fans turned out in Paris to remember his 35 years as the creative force behind the French couture house.

Lauren Anthony reports.

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Paris fashion week remembers Chanel icon Lagerfeld

Chanel's Paris Fashion Week show paid a glamorous farewell to its legendary designer Karl Lagerfeld, who died last month - and this was his final collection.

It was opened with a minute's silence.

Famous faces, collaborators and fans, all there at the alpine-themed show.

Reuters' Sarah White.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) REUTERS EUROPEAN LUXURY GOODS CORRESPONDENT, SARAH WHITE, SAYING: "On the one hand, it's a celebration of the over-the-top, incredible shows that Karl Lagerfeld put on for Chanel over the years, like this one behind me, this winter wonderland is typical of the kind of things where Lagerfeld pushed Chanel to go beyond and above what any other brand was doing with these huge extravaganzas.

At the same time there's a lot of people here today who knew him, who worked with him, who modeled with him, so there was a lot of sadness in the air as well.

Some of the models came onto the runway with tears in their eyes, and a real sense of you know, that this is the end of an era, I mean Lagerfeld was synonymous with Chanel for more than 35 years." Lagerfeld was one of an increasingly rare group of designers who drew his work by hand.

His second-in-command Virginie Viard, has been named to take over the creative direction of Chanel.

The company says Viard worked alongside him on that final collection.

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