Jill Kortleve becomes first plus-size model to walk in Chanel show in a decade

Jill Kortleve has become the first plus-size model to walk in a Chanel show in nearly a decade.The rising Dutch fashion star is quickly becoming one to watch in the industry, having appeared in recent catwalk spectacles for the likes of Alexander McQue…

Jill Kortleve has become the first plus-size model to walk in a Chanel show in nearly a decade.

The rising Dutch fashion star is quickly becoming one to watch in the industry, having appeared in recent catwalk spectacles for the likes of Alexander McQueen, Mugler, Fendi, and Molly Goddard.

But Jill topped off a successful Fashion Month on Tuesday by taking to the runway during creative director Virginie Viard’s fall/winter 2020 presentation for the French luxury house held at the Grand Palais as part of Paris Fashion Week.

“I can’t believe this just happened but… to end this fashion month, I walked my first fashion show for @chanelofficial,” she captioned a photo of her wearing a black outfit with pearl buttons on her Instagram page. “I’m so thankful for this moment to happen and for everybody who made this happen; There’s a much-needed change happening on the runway and I’m proud and feel grateful to be a part of it. I truly hope that in the future I get to see and work with many more models who used to not fit the briefing.”

Previously, plus-size model Crystal Renn walked in Chanel’s 2011 cruise collection show held in Saint-Tropez back in 2010.

In addition to Jill, other top models cast in the show included Gigi Hadid, Kaia Gerber, Fran Summers, Mona Tougaard, and Hyunji Shin.

And accordingly, Jill was thrilled to see fashion leaders embrace much more inclusivity and diversity.

“This whole month has been a dream and I never expected that it was even possible for me to walk on the runway, let alone be included in the amazing shows this season. Thank you. My heart is filled with gratitude and love,” the 26-year-old added.

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Virginie Viard unveils first solo couture collection for Chanel

Virginie Viard has unveiled her first solo couture collection for Chanel.The designer, who joined the French luxury house in 1987, was appointed as artistic director in February following the death of Karl Lagerfeld at the age of 85. Viard presented t…

Virginie Viard has unveiled her first solo couture collection for Chanel.

The designer, who joined the French luxury house in 1987, was appointed as artistic director in February following the death of Karl Lagerfeld at the age of 85.

Viard presented the label’s cruise 2020 show in May, while she launched her debut high-end fall/winter 2019/20 range as part of Paris Couture Week on Tuesday morning. Held at the Grand Palais, the venue was transformed to resemble a giant circular library stacked with books.

Staying true to both founder Coco Chanel and Lagerfeld’s visions, Viard had the spectacle open with a model sporting a vibrant purple coat with high collar, as well as white tights and pumps with black bows attached to the front.

A parade of models wearing similar coats with buttons down the front followed, while Viard also offered up fresh takes on the classic Chanel boucle suit, showing a raspberry red version with bright white collar and a tangerine option with white buttons and voluminous sleeves.

Model Kaia Gerber sported a coral boucle skirt and jacket which contained white ruffle detail across the neckline, while others displayed a long green tweed jumpsuit or jackets with Edwardian-inspired collars.

Highlights of Viard’s line included an emerald green silk dress with a black bow tied at the neck, a fuchsia pleated off-the-shoulder gown, a pink sequin number complete with a tiered skirt, and a prim black velvet dress which was worn with a white shirt and black satin necktie. To conclude, the so-called Chanel “bride” walked the runway in a pyjama-style pale pink satin two-piece which was tied at the waist.

Paris Couture Week continues on Tuesday with presentations from Giorgio Armani Prive, Givenchy, and Alexandre Vauthier.

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Karl Lagerfeld memorial event to be held in Paris

The late Karl Lagerfeld is to be honoured at a memorial event in Paris.Following health complications of pancreatic cancer, the German couturier died in February at the age of 85, with the news sending shockwaves throughout the fashion industry. Now, …

The late Karl Lagerfeld is to be honoured at a memorial event in Paris.

Following health complications of pancreatic cancer, the German couturier died in February at the age of 85, with the news sending shockwaves throughout the fashion industry.

Now, executives at the three brands Lagerfeld helmed – Chanel, Fendi, and his own namesake label – have come together to plan a tribute entitled Karl For Ever, which will take place on 20 June at the Grand Palais amidst the Paris Fashion Week: Men’s presentations.

“It will be a very powerful moment, a collective celebration of his persona,” Bruno Pavlovsky, Chanel’s president of global fashion, told WWD. “The memorial will be about Karl only: who he was, what he loved, what gave him his exceptional energy. I am glad we could join forces with Fendi and Karl Lagerfeld to create together an exceptional event that measures up to him, a tribute that truly celebrates the things he loved and that inspired him.”

The production of the event will be overseen by opera director Robert Carsen. He is currently putting together videos and footage of Lagerfeld, as well as interviews with his friends and fellow fashion designers.

“I wanted something full of life and unexpected. (Lagerfeld) once famously said, ‘A funeral? I’d rather die.’ He would have wanted it to be a joyful moment,” he commented to the fashion publication. “It’s a huge honour, but also quite a challenge: we know of the force behind Chanel, Fendi, the Karl Lagerfeld brand, Chloe and others, but it’s also about the man himself – the artist, even if he didn’t like to be called as such.”

An estimated 2,500 guests are expected to be in attendance. In keeping with Lagerfeld’s wishes, no formal funeral was held when he passed away.

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Fendi celebrates Karl Lagerfeld with tribute T-shirt

Fendi has celebrated former creative director for fur and women’s ready-to-wear, Karl Lagerfeld, with the launch of a new T-shirt that honours the late designer.The JoKarl Fashion Show T-shirt is available in short-sleeved and long-sleeved options, and…

Fendi has celebrated former creative director for fur and women’s ready-to-wear, Karl Lagerfeld, with the launch of a new T-shirt that honours the late designer.

The JoKarl Fashion Show T-shirt is available in short-sleeved and long-sleeved options, and comes in either a black or while base colour.

At the centre of the garment is an illustration by Italian artist Nico Vascellari, depicting Lagerfeld as the joker on a playing card complete with jester costume and his notorious dark sunglasses

On the long-sleeved edition, drawings of dice with Fendi’s FF logo line the sleeves, and the back of each style features a smaller version of the JoKarl card.

The T-shirts are priced between $590 (£449) and $690 (£525) for the short-sleeve and long-sleeve editions respectively and can be purchased now from Fendi’s online store.

Fendi had previously honoured the fashion legend at its Milan Fashion Week Fall/Winter 19 show last month (Feb19), which took place just two days after the star passed away following a battle with pancreatic cancer on 19 Feb.

Honouring the fashion legend, who’d been at the house since 1965, Silvia Venturini Fendi paid an emotional tribute to her late friend and colleague as the show closed, with a video playing out of Lagerfeld’s hand, decked out in his signature leather fingerless gloves, sketching the word Fendi out.

Chanel also paid tribute to Lagerfeld, who was creative director at the house, during its Paris Fashion Week Fall/Winter 19 presentation.

At the event, held at Paris’ Grand Palais, each seat bore an illustration of the late designer alongside brand namesake Coco Chanel, with the poignant words “the beat goes on…”.

The show was also preceded by a one-minute silence, after which the celebrated fashion star’s voice was heard over the venue’s tannoy, beginning the presentation.

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Chanel injects ’80s vibe into fall 2018 couture collection

Chanel merged ladylike glamour with an ’80s aesthetic in its latest couture collection.Creative director Karl Lagerfeld unveiled his fall/winter 2018 haute couture range for the French luxury brand at the Grand Palais as part of Paris Couture Week on T…

Chanel merged ladylike glamour with an ’80s aesthetic in its latest couture collection.

Creative director Karl Lagerfeld unveiled his fall/winter 2018 haute couture range for the French luxury brand at the Grand Palais as part of Paris Couture Week on Tuesday morning (03Jul18).

Taking inspiration from the sights and sounds of Paris, a faux structure was set up inside the large venue, including a line-up of open-air bookstalls.

The show opened with a model sporting a grey two-piece number featuring a blazer with open sleeves and a skirt with a split which extended all the way to the hip. A parade of grey ensembles followed, such as a skirt and jacket number, a long dove grey coat and a take on Coco Chanel’s signature boucle tweed suit.

In addition, a model donned a black skirt and jacket featuring pleated details while another walked the runway in a white tweed suit with an oversized collar.

The collection was heavy on 1980s influences, with Lagerfeld opting to accessorise tweed suits with long leather fingerless gloves and leather ankle booties, while models had their hair piled on top of their heads in voluminous quiffs.

There was also a black organza dress with full skirt, a grey prom dress with puffed sleeves and a black gown with silver crystal detailing on the neckline.

Highlights of the range included a sheer dress which was topped off with three black satin bows on the bodice, a tiered black pleated skirt, a blue robe bordered with black velvet fabric as well as a long dress featuring a skirt made from woven shiny silver material which was combined with a black velvet top and a layer of feathers around the waist.

The show concluded with a line of evening dresses, with Hollywood celebrities likely to covet a white and grey dress featuring an off-the-shoulder neckline and a dark grey tulle dress with floaty sleeves and silver beading on the skirt and cuffs.

After model Adut Akech, dressed in a turquoise outfit and matching veil, walked the runway as the Chanel bride, Lagerfeld took his bow alongside his godsons – Hudson and Jameson Kroenig.

Paris Couture Week continues on Tuesday with shows from Giorgio Armani Prive and Alexandre Vauthier.

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