PARIS Ė Less than a week after the death of Karl Lagerfeld, the French capital was getting ready to put on its first fashion week without one of the titans of a generation that brought the world prÍt-ŗ-porter.
Brands would from Monday be sending their models down the runways to show off their latest creations for the Fall-Winter 2019/20 season.
Chanel would not be revealing its latest collection, conceived entirely by the late German designer, until Tuesday, March 5, the day the fashion week closes, but before that Lagerfeld was sure to be the topic of conversation, given the influence the octogenarian had on many younger designers.
On Monday, British fashion house Rokh will take to the runway as a new addition to the Paris show, followed by Germanyís Ottolinguer.
Promising French designer Simon Porte Jacquemus, 27, who Lagerfeld had on his radar, will present his latest work on the afternoon.
Two of Parisí biggest brands, Christian Dior and Yves Saint Laurent, will put on shows at two emblematic locations in the capital: the Rodin Museum and the Trocadero square, respectively.
Lanvin returns to the official calendar after being absent last fall due to internal issues at the brand.
Other regulars who would be appearing over the course of the week included Guy Laroche, Rochas, Isabel Marant, Rick Owens, Balmain, Elie Saab, Lacoste and Stella McCartney.
Spanish fashion will have its moment too, with a presentation outside the official calendar by Cordoban designer Juana Martin, who returns to Paris for the third consecutive season.
On Saturday evening, Tommy Hilfiger will put on a show that promises to attract the most influential models of the moment.
The week will see a total of 80 shows by an array of nationalities, including the United States, France, Germany, Belgium, Japan, Spain, Colombia, India and others.
The brand established by Coco Chanel faces a turning point in its history, perhaps the most significant since the death of its founder.
Lagerfeld, the creative genius behind the iconic fashion powerhouse for over three decades, died at the age of 85 on Tuesday.