PARIS — “Paris loves you. You are Paris,” declared the French capital’s mayor, Anne Hidalgo, as she honored Karl Lagerfeld on Tuesday with a Grand Vermeil medal, the highest distinction the city can offer.
Hidalgo was standing under a replica Eiffel Tower in the Grand Palais, moments after the end of the German designer’s fall haute couture show for Chanel, which drew a standing ovation from guests including Kristen Stewart, Julianne Moore, Tilda Swinton, Katy Perry and Cara Delevingne.
“Thank you, because your imagination is without limits. It is extraordinary. I would not have dared to build the Eiffel Tower in the Grand Palais and you did it, because your genius allows you to be daring and to make things beautiful and to transport us to a universe in which you excel,” Hidalgo said.
“Your talent is recognized all over the planet, but you are also someone who has made Paris even more magical, creative and beautiful. You are a Parisian, a true Parisian, who delivers the best of Paris,” she added. “Thank you from the bottom of my heart.”
Lagerfeld and Chanel have pulled out the stops in the last year to bring high-spending visitors and international press back to Paris, staging six