The life and death of Karl Lagerfeld

It’s not every day that the death of a world-renowned fashion mogul occurs. We look back on the life of Karl Lagerfeld.

Karl Lagerfeld was one of the most well-known fashion designers in the world. He was born in Germany in 1933 and from an early age, he knew that he belonged in fashion.

Lagerfeld always had an interest in drawing and often critiqued what other people wore. At the age of 14 he moved to Paris and after just two years, he sent in a range of sketches and fabric samples to a design competition where he won first place.

From there on out he worked his way up through the fashion industry to where he then became a fashion icon. He became the creative director for one of the biggest fashion brands, Chanel in 1983.

He worked for other fashion designers like Pierre Balmain and also Jean Patou, where he worked on Haute Couture collections.

In 1984 Lagerfeld launched his own brand called ‘Karl Lagerfeld’ which he said would convey “Intellectual sexiness”.

In 2005 he sold his brands to Tommy Hilfiger, yet he still kept full design involvement. Whoever is to take over as the new director of his eponymous brand is still unknown.

Karl Lagerfeld was also the creative director for Fendi, another major fashion brand, for over 54 years. At Milan Fashion Week this year, just two days after Lagerfeld passed away, Fendi closed their show with Lagerfeld’s last collection for the fashion brand. Fendi said the collection represented “a lifetime of dedication and creation”.

Lagerfeld not only dealt with clothing but was also involved in eyewear. In 2011 he designed a collection of eyewear for a Swedish company called Orrefors. The range of glasses matches his own style as they are big and vary in colour from black, white and also clear.

Lagerfeld was also an author, writing many books. One that stands out is his book ‘Diet’ that reveals how Lagerfeld lost around 80 pounds in a year.

He wasn’t happy with his look anymore so he decided to change that by going on a diet and in the book there are 120 recipes, devised by Dr. Jean-Houdret. It is a guide to healthy living as well as revealing some of Lagerfeld’s tips on staying fit.

Lagerfeld inspired and influenced many people including a lot of high-top celebrities in the music and film industry. Gigi Hadid who modeled his last collection for Fendi said “There will never be another Karl Lagerfeld. Every second with you was an honor, joy, and inspiration”.

Donatella Versace also shared kind words about Lagerfeld. “Karl your genius touched the lives of so many, especially Gianni and I. We will never forget your incredible talent and endless inspiration.”

Other stars were also wearing some of Lagerfeld’s work at the 2019 Oscars, including husband and wife Jason Momoa and Lisa Bonet.

Karl Lagerfeld passed away at the age of 85 with a long and successful career that will live on forever, through his influence and boldness in the fashion world.

Caitlin Laird

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