Remembering Karl Lagerfeld, a fashion visionary
Karl Lagerfeld, the creative director of the French luxury fashion house Chanel and Italian’s finest Fendi has passed away after weeks of ill health, aged 85 years old. The designer had been unwell for several weeks, and had missed a number of fashion shows.
Since he emigrated to Paris as a young teenager and his early introduction to the fashion world working for Pierre Balmain, Patou and Chloe to name just a few, this iconic designer had graced every part of fashion ‘s main stage. For more than thirty years at Chanel alone, he has delighted fashion editors, fans and collectors alike with his relentless push for perfection.
Fans included many but through his long tenure Elizabeth Taylor, Claudia Schiffer and Keira Knightly stand out.
Many fashion industry heavyweights have paid tribute to Lagerfeld, including Italian designer Donatella Versace and Victoria Beckham. Victoria praised him for his kindness and support of fresh new talent like herself.
During his 30 years at Chanel, he transformed the understated tweed suit from Coco’s time and brought a glitz and glamour that we see so successfully with the fashion powerhouse today. At the same time, he also worked tirelessly, consecutively churning out collections for LVMH's Fendi and his label, up until his death.
Although Lagerfeld was a supporter of the use of fur in fashion, he himself didn't wear fur and hardly ate meat through his life.
In later years, he upheld a strong, individual look of dark suits, white ponytail and dark glasses. Lagerfeld said of his appearance: "I am like a caricature of myself, and I like that." Lagerfeld also designed collections for his own brand.
One of his mantras: “I design like I breathe. You don’t ask to breathe. It just happens.” just showed how special this man was. Such superb talent and longevity will be sorely missed and hard to surpass in the fast fashion world we live in today. He leaves his beloved a red point Birman cat named Choupette behind.