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Chanel bids farewell to Karl Lagerfeld with star-studded show in France

By María D. Valderrama / Paris / The Chanel fashion house bid farewell to its late designer Karl Lagerfeld on Tuesday with a show that saw some of his many muses taking center-stage, including Cara Delevinge and Penélope Cruz.

Over 1,000 guests flocked to Paris’ majestic Grand Palais where Chanel presented its Fall-Winter 2019/20 show with Virginie Viard, Lagerfeld’s right-hand woman and co-designer of the collection, at the helm of the powerhouse.

The models stood on the runway, which had been transformed into an Alpine winter wonderland, for a minute’s silence followed by a moving recording of the fashion giant talking about his creative process and his early days at Chanel.

“Today we witness the most absurd resurgence of brands but at that time things were not done like that, new names were needed, there was a new world to be created,” Lagerfeld’s deep voice said.

“When they approached me a second time (Chanel) I accepted because everyone was telling me ‘don’t do it, it won’t work,’ but it was the first time that a brand went back into fashion again,” the German designer, who died on Feb.19, said of how he managed to transform Chanel’s designs into relevant and desirable creations.

Cara Delevinge, Lagerfeld’s protégé who has now retired from the runway, opened the show sporting an oversize coat in a houndstooth print over a black and white tweed ensemble featuring a wide-leg trouser and v-neck white shirt. The outfit was finished off with a wide-brimmed fedora.

The look the English model wore on the snow-dusted catwalk was inspired by the American 1930s gangster aesthetic, a recurrent feature at the launch of the show which saw several similar outfits in shades of brown and black.

After that, the runway was inundated by a stream of minimalist black and white.

Jewel encrusted jumpers in a fair isle print, coats with a mottled finish and wool jacquard skirts complemented the dazzling white set.

In a break with the overwhelmingly monochrome display, bomber jackets and skirts in bold shades of orange and turquoise, and waterproof and leather pants in bright fuchsias were featured.

The show’s finale saw Spanish actress Penélope Cruz taking to the runway in a short bejeweled white skirt with feathers, holding a single white rose in her hand.

Cruz paraded through the Grand Palais to the final song of a soundtrack Lagerfeld had curated, David Bowie’s “Heroes.”

As models gathered for the last walk, many struggled to fight back the tears, with Italian model Mariacarla Boscono breaking down during the final ovation.

Several attendees in the star-studded audience — with many of Lagerfeld’s closest friends on the front row, including English actress Kristen Stewart, French actress Marion Cotillard and German supermodel Claudia Schiffer — pulled out their handkerchiefs out as the memorable show drew to an end.

Viard made a fleeting appearance after the show, emerging from the log cabin in the background, head down, and retiring swiftly backstage.

With its tearful farewell to the designer that put Chanel firmly back in the spotlight, the “Maison” starts a new chapter with Viard leading and a clear message that was printed onto a poster featuring a charcoal illustration of Lagerfeld: “The beat goes on…” (March 5, 2019, EFE/Practica Español)

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Question 1
En el texto se dice que hubo un desfile...  
A
en el que se mostró la colección de Chanel solo para el próximo año.
B
el cual estuvo dedicado al diseñador de Chanel.
C
de Chanel durante la Semana de la Moda.
Question 2
Se hizo ese desfile tras el fallecimiento de Lagerfeld.    
A
En absoluto.
B
No se sabe.
C
Así es.
Question 3
Según el texto, en ese desfile...  
A
participaron mujeres que inspiraron a Lagerfeld.
B
solo participaron las modelos más conocidas de la historia.
C
no participó ninguna actriz que fuera musa de Lagerfeld.
Question 4
Según el texto,  las modelos...  
A
solo desfilaron con prendas de colores llamativos.
B
desfilaron con prendas que fueron diseñadas por Lagerfeld.
C
no desfilaron con ninguna prenda de color blanco o negro.
Question 5
En el texto se dice que los sombreros de ala ancha...  
A
están inspirados en los policías estadounidenses de 1930.
B
no están inspirados en los mafiosos de los años 30.
C
están inspirados en los miembros de una organización criminal.
Question 6
En el vídeo se dice que Penélope Cruz...  
A
desfiló casi al final.
B
fue de las primeras en desfilar.
C
no llegó a desfilar.
Question 7
Sobre Penélope Cruz, el vídeo dice que...  
A
aún no es la embajadora española de Chanel.
B
es la embajadora española de Chanel.
C
no cree que fuera posible ser la embajadora española de Chanel.
Question 8
Según el vídeo, ¿quién sucede a Lagerfeld?  
A
No se cita.
B
Por ahora nadie.
C
Virginie Viard.
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