Chanel Creative Director Karl Lagerfeld Dies In Paris At The Age Of 85

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Following health complications in January 2019, as the creative director of Chanel, Karl Lagerfeld was absent for the first time in the 2019 spring haute couture collection. 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 Lagerfeld (September 10, 1933 – February 19, 2019), whose real name is Karl Otto Lagerfeldt, was born in Germany in 1933. Hamburg, he spoke English, French, German and Italian and at the age of 14, the family moved to Paris, where he completed his studies.

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He always appears in the public with a black suit and black sunglasses, fingerless gloves, a Chrome Hearts ring and his white hair as his signature iconic look. He is recognized by fashion circles as one of the most prolific and admired designers of modern times and has worked with well-known French Parisian fashion designers, artists, photographers. He was involved in many fields and has worked with many fashion and art brands.

In 1955, Karl Lagerfeld was selected as an assistant by Pierre Balmain and studied with his brand. In 1958, he became the designer of Jean Patou. After five years, he officially resigned and became a freelance designer. In 1964, he became Chloé’s designer, and retained the beautiful design and simple decoration of Chloé. He absorbed the popular design concept at that time such as the gleaming costumes of the Gypsy people. Roller shirts; using bright ring stickers on ordinary outerwear and shawls to locate the classic romantic style.

In 1965, Fendi, a well-known Italian fashion brand, promoted Lagerfeld, a new designer at the time, to be the main designer. Karl Lagerfeld was 32 years old at the time, from beginning that year until the third generation of Silvia Venturini Fendi took over and has been responsible for the design of the Fendi fashion collection. At the same time, Fendi’s famous double F logo is also from Lagerfeld. Lagerfeld’s dramatic design concept has made Fendi brand clothing attract the attention and praise of the global fashion industry, pushing Fendi to the front line of high fashion. In October 1972, the Chloé 1973 spring and summer fashion collection designed by Lagerfeld was a great success and became the headline news of the newspaper at the time. Lagerfeld left Chloé in 1988 and was re-appointed as the designer of the brand in 1992.

Chanel Spring-Summer 2019 Haute Couture Show

In the 12 years after the death of Gabrielle Chanel, Karl Lagerfeld became the leading designer and creative director of the top French women’s fashion brand Chanel in 1983. In the general situation of not being optimistic, the brand was revived and Chanel became the world. One of the most profitable fashion brands. Carl Lagerfeld not only retains Chanel’s consistent black and white elegance, but also improves the proportion of Chanel, introduces new styles, and carries forward the craftsmanship of Haute Couture. He successfully leads Chanel to a modern and elegant road and the legendary France. The name has been pushed from the almost obscure place to the peak of international luxury goods, becoming the popular trend of the upper class women. Until today, it is still the representative of the elegance and luxury of women.

Chanel Spring Summer 2019 Fashion Show

In these unpredictable circles of fashion, he has been in the position of creative director of Chanel for 36 years. Every piece of clothing presented during his time has been amazing for their design, fineness and infinite combinations of materials. And every show he designed every year and the layout of the show brought us unlimited surprises, shocking, never letting us guess what the next one would be. He always had endless creativity, for example; incorporating the show into the midnight carnival of the supermarket, moving the Fendi show to the Great Wall of China, placing rockets on the show floor, then appearing in the blue sea and beaches in the Grand Palais, etc. He brought the show to the world. And from the plain daily life to the incomparable luxury and romantic dreamland, every show makes everyone feel like they are in a gorgeous dream and that they do not want to wake up.

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In 1984, the brand of the same name “Karl Lagerfeld” was launched. In his own brand, Karl Lagerfeld’s design personality is vividly reflected: fit, narrow body, narrow sleeves, outward straight lines, classical style and street The combination of fun creates a lot of innovation.

One of the versatile fashion figures, Chanel and Fendi, he designs more than 10 series every year, and the brands he participates in are all sought after. In addition to designing clothes, he is also a good photographer, he loves photography, lensing ad campaigns for the Chanel, Fendi and Lagerfeld brands, plus outside clients, including Dom Perignon, Adidas, Coca-Cola and Pirelli. He did editorial shoots for Scores of fashion magazines, including French, English and American Vogues, Harper’s Bazaar, Paris Match, V Magazine and Numero. Late in his career, he started making films to accompany certain fashion shows and he directed commercials for clients, including ice-cream Giant Magnum.

In spite of his poor health, Lagerfeld is still working tirelessly. Before his death, he is still preparing for the Fendi autumn ready-to-wear collection to be held in Milan on Thursday. This shows his lifelong professionalism and he puts his own all his life has been dedicated to the fashion circle, and Lagerfeld’s influence on the fashion world is unparalleled.

Bruno Pavlovsky, president of fashion at Chanel, said: “Fashion show after fashion show, collection after collection, Karl Lagerfeld left his mark on the legend of Gabrielle Chanel and the history of the house of Chanel. He steadfastly promoted the talent and expertise of Chanel’s ateliers and Métiers d’Art, allowing this exceptional know-how to shine throughout the world. The greatest tribute we can pay today is to continue to follow the path he traced by – to quote Karl – ‘continuing to embrace the present and invent the future.’”

Finally, The Anyabelle Fashion Magazine offers his family, relatives and friends its deepest condolences.

——Rest In Peace Karl Lagerfeld.

 

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It is with deep sadness that the House of CHANEL announces the passing of Karl Lagerfeld, the Creative Director for the CHANEL Fashion House since 1983. An extraordinary creative individual, Karl Lagerfeld reinvented the brand’s codes created by Gabrielle Chanel: the CHANEL jacket and suit, the little black dress, the precious tweeds, the two-tone shoes, the quilted handbags, the pearls and costume jewelry. Regarding Gabrielle Chanel, he said, “My job is not to do what she did, but what she would have done. The good thing about Chanel is it is an idea you can adapt to many things.” A prolific creative mind with endless imagination, Karl Lagerfeld explored many artistic horizons, including photography and short films. The House of CHANEL benefited from his talent for all the branding campaigns related to Fashion since 1987. Finally, one cannot refer to Karl Lagerfeld without mentioning his innate sense of repartee and self-mockery. Alain Wertheimer, CEO of CHANEL, said: “Thanks to his creative genius, generosity and exceptional intuition, Karl Lagerfeld was ahead of his time, which widely contributed to the House of CHANEL’s success throughout the world. Today, not only have I lost a friend, but we have all lost an extraordinary creative mind to whom I gave carte blanche in the early 1980s to reinvent the brand.” Bruno Pavlovsky, President of Fashion at CHANEL, said: “Fashion show after fashion show, collection after collection, Karl Lagerfeld left his mark on the legend of Gabrielle Chanel and the history of the House of CHANEL. He steadfastly promoted the talent and expertise of CHANEL’s ateliers and Métiers d’Art, allowing this exceptional know-how to shine throughout the world. The greatest tribute we can pay today is to continue to follow the path he traced by – to quote Karl – ‘continuing to embrace the present and invent the future’.” Virginie Viard, Director of CHANEL’s Fashion Creation Studio and Karl Lagerfeld’s closest collaborator for more than 30 years, has been entrusted by Alain Wertheimer with the creative work for the collections, so that the legacy of Gabrielle Chanel and Karl Lagerfeld can live on.

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Karl, I will miss your indescribable presence, watching your calm, quiet, genius mind working, your little jokes, amazing stories, and experiencing the clothes, sets, and productions only you could dream up. Thank you for believing in me and for the beautiful, incredible opportunities you brought to my career, but mostly, thank you for giving me the honor of knowing the magic behind the myth. There will never be another Karl Lagerfeld. I am overwhelmed with sadness today, but also with so much love, admiration, and gratitude for you. To all his beloved friends and colleagues, and his favorite girl Choupette🐾, my heart is with you. ❤️ Rest In Peace King Karl. I didn’t want this day to come. 💔

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