Embroidered with green and gold olive branches on black wool, the celebrated uniform donned by members of the Académie française served as an inspiration for the show’s closing look. Its embellishments, the attributes of a learned institution for men and women, here disperse softly over the pale green wool of a redingote-style jacket. Combined with the straight, sober lines of a bridal gown of almost geometric elegance, they strike a subtle balance between sophistication, the richness of materials and purity of form.
In imagining a bride in white who might also wear a green attire, Karl Lagerfeld offers a modern take on the uniform worn by the "immortals" — members of a learned society that included the late Simone Veil, who wore an outfit designed by Karl Lagerfeld at her own official induction into the circle. Worn with greater freedom than that of male counterparts, the suit for women lends itself to more ample variations of shape and style.