Revered, adored and entirely inimitable in the truest sense of the word, the fashion world is now in mourning following the news this morning that Karl Lagerfeld has died aged 85. The iconic designer passed away in Paris following weeks of ill health, and a fortnight before the Chanel A/W 19 collection is due to show during Paris Fashion Week.
Arguably the world’s most recognisable designer, Lagerfeld’s legacy is nothing short of prolific. A man celebrated as a polymath, his creativity was boundless, his energy unbeatable by even the brightest young design talent, and his ability to stay ahead of the pulse in both pop culture and technology has long put many to shame. There are very few who could square up to his vision or knack for jettisoning a trend or key item into the stratosphere—be it a mass-market commercial concept or a high-brow Haute Couture one—and even fewer who could step up to the bar at Chanel following his long tenure as the creative lead since 1983.
Published at Tue, 19 Feb 2019 12:30:00 +0000