Outside Chanel. Grand Palais, Paris. March 2019.

A few short weeks after Karl Lagerfeld’s death, the Chanel circus pitched up at the Grand Palais to present its Autumn-Winter 2019 collection. The tone was confused, and the crowd split. Some arrived funeral-ready, and they played that part all the way to the door, tears and all. Others fell back on their normal agenda of camera-courting and spectacle-stirring. The question hung in the air and in the back of everyone’s mind: “Is this still about me?”