Chanel’s Library Slyly Reads The Couture Industry

Karl Lagerfeld was a lot of things, and among them, an avid reader. So in a heartfelt tribute to Chanel\'s late creative director who died in February at the age of 85, Virginie Viard staged a multi-floor library in the Grand Palais. She first joined Lagerfeld as his intern at Chanel in 1987, and has remained at his side ever since, including his stint at Chloé in 1992 and his return to Chanel in 1997.For her solo couture debut, she presented an elegant collection perfectly suited for the backdrop. She took her bow from the steps of the library, wearing a black T-shirt and belted printed pants with matching boots, and in that moment, it became evident the new direction of Chanel.Indeed the creative director\'s personal style materialized in the collection. Lagerfeld often wore black suits, high collars, fingerless gloves and dark glasses — and that theatrical approach to dressing often showed up on the runway. Viard\'s personal style lends itself to a more subdued elegance. Perhaps tha