The Passing of a Fashion Legend
Updated: Oct 2, 2019
Sadly, today we learned of the death of Karl Lagerfeld at age 85. He was the creative director of Chanel since 1983 and Fendi since 1965. As Chanel is my favorite luxury brand, I will focus on what he did for this label. “When I took on Chanel, it was a sleeping beauty — not even a beautiful one,” he said in the 2007 documentary “Lagerfeld Confidential.” ‘’She snored.” I loved his pithy quotes as much as his beautiful designs.
It's true that Chanel had become the suit worn by mothers and grandmothers (don’t get me wrong, I love those tweed suits). Lagerfeld breathed new life into the brand making it one of the most fashion forward of the Paris couture houses.
According to a press release from Chanel, “An extraordinary creative individual, 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.”
Just yesterday I was looking at a fabulous dress worn by Keira Knightly a Chanel brand ambassador. The moment I saw the dress I knew it was Chanel. The black color, silver beading and tulle fabric-of-the-moment. It was gorgeous. It was pure Chanel.