5 Ways Karl Lagerfeld Changed The Face Of Fashion

5 WAYS KARL LAGERFELD CHANGED THE FACE OF FASHION

He was larger than life. A force of nature. The fashion guru on the future’s edge.

known as the creative director of the French luxury fashion house Chanel, as well as creative director of the Italian fur and leather goods fashion house Fendi and his own eponymous fashion label. Over the decades, he has collaborated on a variety of fashion and art-related projects.

Here we look at 5 of the most influential impacts he had on fashion during his time.

NO.1 THE HOUSE OF CHANEL

Karl Lagerfeld is almost as synonymous with Chanel as Coco Chanel herself,

He took over in 1983, Lagerfeld appropriated the creative process of Chanel and gave a new lease of life to the House of Chanel. During the 1980s and 1990s, the House of Chanel branched into swimwear, eyewear and travel accessories. In later collections Lagerfeld chose to break away from the ladylike look of Chanel and began to experiment with fabrics and styles.

NO.2 TRANSFORMATION OF FENDI

In 1965, Lagerfeld began collaborating with Fendi, transforming the Roman family-owned furrier and leather goods house into a major fashion world player. In 2008, he began collaborating with Silvia Venturini, currently the menswear and accessories director of the house, and the granddaughter of Fendi’s founders. The two were renowned for taking A bow together at the head of the runway after every Fendi womenswear show.

NO.3 LIKE A BUTTERFLY, STING LIKE AN LV

Karl is not only known for his designing capabilities but also for many artistic collaborations. One being to re imagine the legendary LV monogram logo.

When asked about his design for the Celebrating Monogram project, Karl Lagerfeld responded with the quote from Voltaire, “Everything which needs an explanation, isn’t worth the explanation.” His boxing designs for the collaboration are a playful interpretation of the Monogram with each detail and design imagined to the smallest detail.

NO.4 THE CHANEL BOY BAG

In spring 2012 it made its debut, the Boy has become as sought-after as the brand’s other famous flaps, mostly by using a similar formula to the originals: versatile flap shoulder bag structure + distinctive lock = handbag magic.

The Chanel Boy Bag debuted at exactly the right time; young shoppers had taken an interest in the brand, but most of its signature bags skewed toward older shoppers with more formal wardrobes and personal styles. The Boy, with its more casual feel and array of seasonal variations, was the perfect design to bridge the gap while staying true to numerous Chanel signatures.

NO.5 DIRECTOR OF HIS OWN NAMESAKE FASHION HOUSE

Amidst his many pursuits, Lagerfeld is the creative director of his own namesake fashion house, which combines Parisian-inspired styles with an effortless, rock-chic ease. Its wide breadth of covetable lifestyle collections includes — amongst others — women’s and men’s ready-to-wear and accessories. The KARL LAGERFELD brand also offers an invitation to discover the World of Karl: his enigmatic persona, sharp wit, cultured vision and cutting-edge perspectives. It conveys a distinct spirit that recognises Lagerfeld as a more than just a man but an icon, an inspiration, and a force of nature on the future’s edge. It celebrates his own unique viewpoint: “Fashion is an attitude more than a clothing detail.” 

The fashion world will greatly miss you

RIP Karl Lagerfeld

Forever in our hearts

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