One of the most Iconic Fashion designers of all time since Alexander McQueen has passed at the tender age of 85. Karl Lagerfeld who was born in Germany on September 10, 1933 has inspired us all in the fashion world as he has influenced so many fashion gurus, designers, bloggers, models, and other fashion houses since he has been Creative Director of Chanel since 1983. In his early career he became Balmain’s assistant and later became his apprentice for three years. In 1958 Karl became Artistic Director for Jean Patou who was an admired French Designer in the 1920’s and 30’s. By 1967 Karl was hired by Fendi to modernize their fur collection. His designs were groundbreaking and introduced the use of mole, rabbit and squirrel pelts into high fashion. If you do not know this Karl has also been with Fendi until his death.
In the 1980’s Karl was hired by Chanel which has pretty much died off until he brought it back to life with his ready-to-wear line. During that time Karl Lagerfeld interlocked CC monograph of Coco Chanel into a style pattern for the house of Chanel. Some of the most Iconic and memorable designs came from Karl’s most desirable collections at Chanel. Especially one of the most prolific pieces worn by Supermodel Linda Evangelista which was also recently worn by Rapper Cardi B.
In 1993 Editor-in-Chief Anna Wintour walked out of his Milan Fashion Week Runway show when he employed strippers and adult film star Moana Pozzi to model for his Fendi Black and White collection. This isn’t the only controversy thing that Karl was involved in during his career. In 1994 he caught a tone of flack for a verse from the Quran he used during his spring 1994 Couture collection. Lagerfeld who is known to employ the most beautiful Supermodels in his shows like Naomi Campbell, Grace Jones, Tyra Banks, and even Kendall Jenner. In 2009 Karl joined critics of supermodel Heidi Klum ; following German designer Wolfgang Joop remarked of Klum, who had posed naked on the cover of the German edition of GQ magazine, as being “no runway model. She is simply too heavy and has too big a bust,”Lagerfeld retorted that neither he nor Claudia Schiffer knew Klum as she has never worked in Paris and is insignificant in the world of high fashion, being “more bling bling and glamorous than current fashion.” Karl Lagerfeld has always been a bit dramatic and over the top. Since that scandal with Heidi Klum he has also called singer Adele “a little too fat.” This caused instant fury with the UK and he then responded with a letter of apology.
In 2010 Karl announced a collaboration with Swedish Crystal manufacture Orrefors. Ever since then he has been designing gueridons, tables, lamps, consoles, fountains and mirrors. Also in October 2018 he has also collaborated with Carpenters Workshop Gallery and designed a collection of marble, sculptures, and abstract art so to say the least Karl’s creativity expands to many different avenues since his career in fashion has taken off.
Karl has inspired and sparked the creative side of many lives during his time. Celebrities like Kim Kardashian, Kimora Lee Simmons and Rihanna has commented on his inspiration and life this morning as many more honored his life. Following health complications in January 2019, Lagerfeld was admitted to the American Hospital of Paris in Parisian suburb Neuilly-sur-Seine on 18 February. The next morning, he died at that hospital, aged 85. The cause of death has not been disclosed. Karl will truly be missed and your creativity will live on forever.