Is there a better way to remember a creative than to honour his work? We think not. Passing away at the age of 85, German designer Karl Lagerfeld proved he was truly legendary, evoking an outpouring of grief from the fashion community who remembered his innovative, dream-like collections and a man who always managed to make a statement. Now, we’ve remembered our favourite moments from the Chanel and Fendi designer, compiling our best memories of the designer below.
Emily Taylor, Editor
I was honoured to be in New York in December at Chanel’s sumptuous Metiers d’Art show at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Margot Robbie dashed in late from the New York premiere of Mary, Queen of Scots, in a beautiful tulle knee-length Chanel gown – one of the myriad takes on the Little Black Dress for which Karl Lagerfeld became so famous over three decades. After the show, and the Lagerfeld’s final bow (which was to be his last after a Chanel show), the Australian actress embraced the fashion legend as he made his way backstage. A world away from Robbie’s Ramsay Street days, the muse and the maestro shared a moment of true affection.
Natalie Mell, Fashion News Editor
I can’t stop thinking about Chanel's spring 2019 show. It was one of Karl’s last appearances, and the pure joy de vivre that the beautiful beach set evoked really sums up a feeling that the designer was able to spark in so many people's lives.
Lulu Custance, Market Editor and Fashion Office Manager
My favourite moment would have to be fall/winter 14/15 when Lagerfeld converted the Grand Palais into a supermarket! Elaborately set with shelves stocked full of Chanel branded tins, cans and everyday cleaning products. Models walked in sneakers with their handbags stashed in embellished wire baskets pairing off in the end to push shopping carts or select products off the shelves. A relatable weekly chore, made chic!
Lucy Wood, Junior Fashion Editor
My favourite Karl Lagerfeld moment was when Karl took Chanel to Cuba! Always one to be ahead of the curve, the Resort 17 show took place with press flying in just two hours before the first U.S. cruise ship to have docked in Havana in almost 40 years.
Models walked through the streets of Old Havana in looks that seamlessly married French and Cuban culture. My favourite look from this show embodies everything that Karl brought to Chanel – a strength to femininity. Timeless, elegant and ever so chic.
Francesca Wallace, Senior Digital Fashion Editor
Chanel and Karl go hand in hand, but all the insane and incredible sets aside, I think Fendi’s iconic 90th birthday show at the Trevi Fountain in Rome was one of the most spectacular. Not only did Karl and Fendi fund the restoration of the iconic monument, but the show was a tribute to all things Italy. A collection and a setting that will always stay in my memory as a favourite.