Karl Lagerfeld: A tribute to a legend

21.02.2019 | By TINTIN ALASSAN

Alas, Karl Lagerfeld, the king of fashion is no more!

As the creative director of Chanel, the French luxury fashion house, Fendi and Karl Lagerfeld and one of fashion’s world most prolific figures, Karl Lagerfeld’s vision has made a considerable impact on Chanel’s success all over the world and also for his self-named brand, Fendi and other luxury brands he represented.

His visionary talent was not limited to fashion, in addition, he reigned supreme in the styling, illustration, photography, and publishing worlds.


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Karl Lagerfeld will be remembered for:

His iconic look

Karl Lagerfeld’s signature look was something you could not miss. It was iconic and he was always dressed in black, leather gloves and sunglasses. He also had his white hair worn in a ponytail every time.
Apart from being one of the most celebrated designers of today, he was also one of the most recognised people.


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His style

Markedly, Karl’s style was always simple. In effect, he was constantly in black, white, and few accessories. His style was constant and this also made him stand out.


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“Don’t dress to kill, dress to survive.” – KL


Upon joining Chanel in 1983 until his time of death, Karl Lagerfeld remained the creative anchor for the French luxury fashion brand. Notably, he maintained the luxuriousness, the high level of allure, classiness and style for the fashion house with his innovative ideas.
An idea on how Karl Lagerfeld worked while with Chanel is seen on the first season and fourth episode of Netflix’s documentary ‘ 7 Days Out‘.

In particular, he was the mastermind behind interlocking the “CC” monograph of Coco Chanel into a style pattern.

“What I do Coco would have hated. The label has an image, and it’s up to me to update it. I do what she never did. I had to go from what Chanel was to what it should be, could be, what it had been to something else.”- KL


It’s no surprise that Karl loved his Birman cat, Choupette greatly.
Choupette was gifted to Karl Lagerfeld by Baptiste Giabiconi, the French model, and was an inspiration for a lot of Karl Lagerfeld merchandise as well as the Chanel Choupette bag.


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“She is like a kept woman. She has a strong personality. She has lunch and dinner with me on the table, with her own food. She doesn’t touch my food. She doesn’t want to eat on the floor. She sleeps under a pillow and she even knows how to use an iPad.” – KL

The way he was.

Iconic Karl Lagerfeld was blunt. He had no problems expressing precisely what he thought and felt, he just said it.
This aspect of him, of course, made him well known or criticised. Irrespectively, he was a good and passionate person, who always stood for what he believed in.

A tribute to Karl Lagerfeld

Creative director for Chanel and Fendi, Karl Lagerfeld died on February 19, 2019, in Paris, as announced by Chanel.
His passion, talent and creativity as well as his personality will be greatly missed in the fashion world and to all who knew him.

Adieu Karl Lagerfeld, rest in peace.