Rumours of ill health first arose during this seasons Paris Haute Couture, when the iconic artistic director of Chanel did not show for his famous finale walk. Instead he asked Virginie Viard, director of the house’s creative studio to represent him and greet the guests, with the reason given that Lagerfeld was “feeling tired.”
His inimitable presence left an indelible mark across the fashion world, transforming the fortunes of Chanel, whilst simultaneously establishing his own identity.
In this tribute, we’ve highlighted a few essential Karl moments Karl; from his breath-taking show performances, to statement collaborations, inspirational quotes and many more.
HIS ICONIC IDENTITY
Karl quickly established his own signature look, made up of dark sun glasses, long white hair, and a variety of very stylish black and white suits.
This iconic look was immortalised in 2014 when a Barbie Doll was created to represent his style. Dressed in leather pants and suit, with a tie, gloves, purse and sunglasses, this doll eventually sold for $4,000US on eBay!
This was just the start though, with further toys, accessories and more created around his signature look.
A respectable appearance is sufficient to make people more interested in your soul.
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Meet the new tokidokis: Karl and Choupette! The dolls, which magnetically connect to one another, are now available in limited quantities. Each is accompanied by a certificate of authenticity. #KARLLAGERFELD
THE KARL SEAL OF APPROVAL
Karl Lagerfeld built a reputation as the Oscar Wilde of the fashion world; stylish, witty, and always seen in the right places, he also established long-term relationships with some of the world’s most iconic supermodels.
His last supermodel collaboration featured Kaia Gerber, who partnered with the French designer to create a bespoke capsule collection back in January 2018. Karl Lagerfeld X Kaia incorporated a day-to-night line with a Paris-to-LA narrative. It was the company’s largest collaborative project to date.
His occasionally sharp tongue often caused controversy, as typified by his searing critique of fashion models he considered “not trendy”.
However, faces in the industry such as Claudia Schiffer, were always quick to defend him, saying he was one of the few legendary designers who helped her feel at ease.
British supermodel and actress Cara Delevinge also rallied around the German born designer, describing how he has been “nothing but supportive” and had even helped her in different projects to help her achieve her acting goals after she left her agency, Storm Models.
From launching rockets on the runway to models shopping for groceries, Karl Lagerfeld’s extravagant set designs were a work of art, and each season Karl would transform the Grand Palais, the staple location for the Chanel shows. As much as the collection themselves were breath-taking, so too were the performances
The ambitious ideas and pure creativity of set designs, revealed his artistic brilliance. During each biannual collection, the media world would be transfixed as he reimagined the catwalk, whilst still managing to maintain Chanel’s brand ethos and identity.
It’s no exaggeration to say that he set new standards when it came to a show experience.
A TRIBUTE TO THE FASHION WORLD
Tributes have been pouring in as celebrities and designers alike share their memories of the fashion icon, who was first and foremost a friend to so many.
Here are a few which we have highlighted:
I’m so heartbroken I almost don’t have the words. There will never ben another Karl Lagerfeld. Every second with you was an honour, joy and inspiration. I wish I could give you one last hug. I love you Karl. Thank you for everything. Rest in Peace.
My heart is broken. Thank you for everything.
Karl, your genius touched the lives of so many, especially Gianni and I. We will never forget your incredible talent and endless inspiration. We were always learning from you.
So incredibly sad to hear this. Karl was a genius and always so kind and generous to me both personally and professionally. RIP 💔x
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Rest in peace, Karl. I remember being so scared to interview you and yet you were in fact incredibly witty and generous. Thank you for inviting me to some of the most glamorous experiences of my life, it was an honour to know you. Oh yeah and thanks for the dry shampoo tip, will always think of you as I powder my wig. ❤️