In memory of the legendary designer who has passed away aged 85, we take a look back at some of KARL LAGERFELD‘s most memorable moments from over three decades at the helm of Chanel …
“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.” Karl Lagerfeld once said he wished he had invented the white shirt and believed a simple T-shirt and jeans could look chic, if worn in the right way. We’ll remember him for the iconic shows in the Grand Palais – transforming it and the audience with their creativity. Airports, orangeries, beaches and check-in lounges were all a part of his vision, so too were his famous spats (with designer Yves Saint Laurent and former muse Ines de la Fressange). But if you’ve lived in the eye of the fashion storm for as long as he had, there were bound to be some creative differences. As an 85-year-old we applaud his prolific work ethic – designing for Fendi, Chanel and his own label. More than anything we like that he was a cat person. We hope someone is looking after Choupette today.
Chanel cruise 2010 on the streets of St Tropez.
Cara Delevigne walks through the Chanel supermarket at the AW14 show.
Chanel Haute Couture 1983, Lagerfeld’s first year at the brand.
Custom-made Chanel carousel at the Grand Palais for AW08 show.
Lagerfeld poses with models after the autumn winter 1985 show in Paris.
Kendal Jenner walks past the Chanel Airlines check-in desk at the SS16 show.
Karl Lagerfeld walks with Cara Delevigne and Kendall Jenner at the Paris-Salzburg 2014/15 Metiers d ‘Art show.
Chanel models take to the streets of Havana, Cuba for the Chanel Cruise 2017 show.
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