December 8, 2019
The Chanel fall/winter 2019/20 ready-to-wear show.
Chanel returns to Aspen with a collection destined for the mountains.
When Chanel’s late, legendary designer Karl Lagerfeld’s final collection came down the runway in March, it was an ode to all things winter, at once the epitome of high fashion and an encapsulation of alpine chic. Paris’ Grand Palais was transformed into a ski town in the Alps, a winter wonderland complete with a snowy runway lined by wooden chalets and a mountainous backdrop. A parade of elegant tweeds, sweaters embroidered with mountain motifs, white chiffon skirts printed with tiny skiers and Chanel chairlifts, shearling accessories, and even “snowball skirts” made footprints in the man-made snow, presenting a fall/winter 2019-20 collection that makes fashionable skiers’ dreams come true. Each piece seemed predestined to find its way to Aspen—America’s most sartorially minded mountain town—and now it has.
Chanel opens an ephemeral boutique on the Cooper Avenue mall this December through late January, showcasing a curated selection of ready-to-wear and accessories from the alpine-influenced fall/winter collection, as well as the winter sports-inspired Coco Neige collection. In addition, there will also be pieces from the cruise 2019-20 range, the first ready-to-wear collection designed by Virginie Viard, who was appointed artistic director this year after Lagerfeld passed away at 85.
This winter’s opening marks a return to the mountains for the luxury Paris-based fashion house: Chanel had a store in Aspen until 2004 and did a pop-up of its Western-inspired Métiers d’Art collection at Casa Tua in 2014. While the holidays in Aspen have always been thick with decadence and glamour, the addition of Chanel and Lagerfeld’s lasting legacy promises to bring our mountain town to an entirely new altitude of chic. 416 E. Cooper Ave., chanel.com
Photography by: Courtesy of Chanel