There was much more to the Chanel Haute Couture 2019 collection than the absence of Karl's customary bow. The clothes did all the talking as I examined in detail the finery of each ensemble on the internet the following morning imagining the reality of each detail. Every outfit had Karl's unmistakable stamp on it.

Chanel’s typically extravagant 18th century inspired set with a pink mediterranean villa, stairs that swept down to a swimming pool lined with palms, cypress and orange trees laden with fruit tranformed you from the snow falling Paris into a summer dream.

There were flowers on the clothes in every form. Real flowers set in resin as embellishments on one outfit’s trompe l’oeil bolero, intricately handpainted on the pure white background of an organza skirt, hand crafted on a sheath that restrained a tutu of tulle, present in the ceramic blooms of a strapless dress and lace cut in pretty pastel dresses making it a summer dream.  Maison Lemarié’s featherwork was a highlight, from delicate little flowers to dramatic plumed swathes on skirts tops and accessories.

Pretty pastel skirt suits alternated with balck and white chanel classics and a splash of black leather. The blacks had a feminine spin on them in sequins, floral lace cuts, ribbon tie ups, rims of golden thread and a burst of pink frills.

The bride walked in a crystal bathing suit and cap, her veil glittering with sequins. Spring weddings on the Med anyone?

Karl's right hand and creative director of the studio Virgine Viard, took the final bow, but Karls presence was very much there, in his clothes.

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