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Illness: German-Born Designer and Books

illness: The theme served to provide a sense of continuity for Viard's couture debut -- but it was a display that proved the relatively-unknown 57-year-old can hold her own, according to CTV. Here are some highlights of Tuesday's fall-winter couture collections, including celebrity-magnet Armani Prive. ------ BOOKISH CHANEL Lagerfeld's personal library of around 300,000 books, with its several librarians, featured prominently during a poignant memorial for him last month. For Viard's first-ever solo couture show, both Chanel, the woman, and Lagerfeld, the house's longtime German-born designer who died in February, were invoked through their well-known passion for books. It's an illness, I'm not afraid to admit it, he once said. Viard did not need a crutch to sell her couture, however. So, it was a touching gesture by Viard -- his longtime head of studio -- to keep his memory alive at the Chanel fall-winter couture show by creating a two-level library in the Grand Palais, bursting with tomes of classic French writers such as Baudelaire and Verlaine on wooden shelves, to display the designs. ( As reported in the news.