“What Warhol was to art, he was to fashion. He is the only person who could make black and white colourful.” No other words, written by model, Claudia Schiffer, in her Instagram tribute, could capture the icon that was Karl Lagerfeld more perfectly.
Lagerfeld passed away the morning of Tuesday, February 19 in Paris at the age of 85 due to ill health conditions. While most of his peers would be retired, enjoying a life of relaxation and peace, the German fashion designer worked up until his death, ensuring that the impact he’d leave would be a big one –– and it is.
Karl Lagerfeld is most known for being the creative director of Chanel and Fendi. He joined the Fendi team in 1965 and Chanel in 1983. Right before Karl jumped on board at Chanel, the luxury brand was becoming irrelevant. Karl brought a new life to the label by adding glitz to the classic tweed suits and later making a scale model of the Eiffel Tower for a Chanel runway show. Chanel is now the haute couture brand.
His biggest impact on the brand Fendi was “fun fur.” Unlike many other luxury labels who treat furs of mink with caution, Lagerfeld shaved and dyed them, creating this idea of “fun fur” and the recognizable double “F” logo.
The day of his death, many celebrities including Gigi and Bella Hadid, Victoria Beckham, and the infamous Donatella Versace, took time to pay tribute to Lagerfeld through social media. They praised his kindness, friendship, work ethic, and genius that will be his forever legacy on not just the fashion industry, but the world.