February 19th was indeed a sad day in the world of fashion. We have lost someone who was truly a talent and had brought a huge impact into the industry — Karl Lagerfeld.
The iconic fashion designer was supposed to close the Chanel’s Haute Couture SS19 show in January but was absent due to tiredness.
According to WWD, Fendi will still be proceeding with their FW19 show which will be showcasing the German designer’s final collection for the brand. It was said that he had worked tirelessly till the very end; giving instructions to his teams for the luxury brand’s upcoming collection that’ll be unveiled this Thursday.
Also, Chanel has selected its next creative director, Virginie Viard, who’ll be continuing Karl Lagerfeld’s legacy in the brand’s latest Instagram post which also did confirmed his death and served as a tribute post to him.
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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.
Virginie Viard was Chanel’s Fashion Creation Studio and Karl Lagerfeld’s closest collaborator for over 30 years. We at #TeamCLEO will be looking forward to see the future of Chanel and at the same time, Karl Lagerfeld will definitely be missed by many.
We’ve curated 25 heartfelt tribute posts from fellow fashion designers, celebrities and models that have left us teary-eyed. Get ready with your tissues and swipe through these Instagram posts.
Gigi Hadid, model
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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. 💔