Goodbye Karl

Written by Amy Saunders Pesce |

Fashion legend Karl Lagerfeld passed away on the 19th of February 2019. Lagerfeld’s impact on the fashion industry means his legacy will live on forever.

He will be remembered for the enormous mark he left on Chanel, Fendi and his namesake brand Karl Lagerfeld.

All of these brands he re-imaged with the collections he produced over his time with the brands, spanning over many decades.

The designer’s career began on a strong platform, as the assistant to Pierre Balmain and it only progressed from there. Spending time working for fashion’s heavyweight brands, Valentino and Curiel.

All before heading Chloe and simultaneously Fendi, an establishment in which he designed over 100 collections in the 54-year period he was with the brand.

Lagerfeld’s most recognisable work is without a doubt the time he spent at Chanel. From 1983 to 2019, he was chief artistic director. Over his time, he established the famous interlocked C’S and resurrected the brand after the passing of its founder Coco Chanel.

Lagerfeld is renowned for his runway shows for Chanel at the Grand Palais in Paris. The transformation from an airport terminal, woodland and a beach created unforgettable shows that were talked about and shared globally.

He produced breath-taking designs for the brand, however all with the distinct Chanel aesthetic about them. The most stand-out in his time at Chanel vary from older looks to the newer, more modern take Lagerfeld placed on the brand.

Favourites include the futuristic collection for Spring/Summer 2017, the beach themed collection for Spring/Summer 2019 and the couture show for SS 17. All of which, different but similar in how they represent the iconic work of Karl Lagerfeld.