But last night was the first time all his fashion houses came together to pay tribute to the late designer. Fendi, Chanel and his eponymous label joined forces in Paris for a 90-minute ‘Karl For Ever’ memorial.
Karl, who famously hated funerals (‘I’d rather die,’ he famously quoted), was cremated in private, so this was the opportunity for those who loved him to say farewell to him.
The event was aptly held at the Grand Palais, which Karl regularly transformed into wonderful creations for his shows, from winter wonderlands to enchanted forests and an airport.
Famous guests such as French First Lady Brigitte Macron, the royal family of Monaco, Gigi Hadid and Claudia Schiffer sat on black and white seats surrounded by black and white portraits of the designer, spanning his lifetime. A monochrome nod to Karl’s favourite colours.
Tilda Swinton, Helen Mirren and Cara Delevingne delivered readings, whilst Pharrell and concert pianist Lang Lang performed.
Then came an on-screen homage from famous figures, from Maria Grazia Chiuri to Baz Luhrmann, and even included a cameo from Karl’s beloved cat, Choupette. The video included words by Lagerfeld himself, with the help of edited clips from archive interviews.
A moving tribute about the man and his creative genius.
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