RIP Karl Lagerfeld – Celebrating His Longstanding Career
The fashion world is in mourning at the death of Karl Lagerfeld, who passed way in Paris on Tuesday at the age of 85.
Karl worked right to the end, so we knew something wasn’t right when he failed to appear at the Chanel haute couture show in Paris last month.
Karl’s 54-year career in the fashion industry is being celebrated worldwide.
Karl moved to Paris in 1952 after being born and raised in Hamburg. It was a Christian Dior show that ignited Karl’s passion for the fashion industry, which lasted over half a century. 1963, he joined the French house, Chloé, where he produced ready-to-wear and accessories lines until 1983, when he moved over to Chanel, which he remained with until his death. He also worked for Fendi, starting in 1965 and owned his namesake label.
Vogue Paris paid homage to Karl:
The longest fashion journey ended today. Karl Lagerfeld has died, taking with him more than half a century of visionary fashion, which was both free and inclusive. A self-taught master, he referred to himself as a “complete improvisation.” He was a liberated and creative spirit who followed only his instincts, which never failed him. He will forever be associated with the French label Chanel, and it was there that he created some of the most iconic silhouettes of our time. His designs were the epitome of French elegance - a vision that he shared with the whole world. He approached each collection as though it were his first and made all of his talent available to his team. He was liberated from the past but had no aspirations to dictate the future. In his own words, “La mode, c’est éphémère”.
As I wrote on Instagram, I have to agree with Marc Jacobs “I can’t imagine a world without Karl - he was such an inspiration to me and many others in the fashion world. Karl was all class and style. The Chanel Fashion Shows were extraordinary and were in the essence of the quality and style of Karl.
RIP Karl. You were always ahead of your time and widely contributed to one of my favourite houses, Chanel’s success across the world.
"Today, not only have I lost a friend, but we have all lost an extraordinarily creative mind to whom I gave carte blanche in the early 1980s to reinvent the brand."
- Chanel CEO Alain Wertheimer
"The house of Karl Lagerfeld shares, with deep emotion and sadness, the passing of its creative director, Karl Lagerfeld, on February 19, 2019, in Paris France.
"He was one of the most influential and celebrated designers of the 21st century and an iconic, universal symbol of style.
"He leaves behind an extraordinary legacy as one of the greatest designers of our time, and there are no words to express how much he will be missed."
A statement written by Karl Lagerfeld label on Instagram.
“Embrace the present and invent the future” – Karl Lagerfeld.
Carolyn (Caz) Rowland is a fashion designer at Cazinc The Label, model, lifestyle blogger and professional Image Stylist. Caz is also a qualified NLP Master Therapist, Advanced Practitioner of Matrix Therapies, Time Line Therapist, Practitioner of Hypnotherapy, has a Diploma for Business and Life Coaching. Caz is happily married to her husband Simon, and raised four beautiful children, who are now young adults and a teenager.