The fashion world mourns yet another icon as House of Chanel announced Karl Lagerfeld's passing at age 85 on 19 February 2019 due to poor health. Lagerfeld, dubbed as the Father of Fashion, served major contributions in haute couture. He left a legacy of redefining the industry's artistry for his work behind fashion houses like Balmain, Chanel, Fendi and, of course, his eponymous label. His impeccable style is also to be missed; his signature powdered ponytail, black sunglasses and sharp collars a silhouette to be remembered throughout fashion history.
So as a nod to this creative genius' life and legacy, let's look back at some of Karl Lagerfeld's most notable moments as one of the fashion industry's most famed names.
He proved that fashion and beauty can both be aspirational and affordable
The labels associated with Lagerfeld's creative prowess are known to come with a hefty price tag, but what became their selling point is the strategy to offer cheaper items alongside luxury ones. This strategy is something heavily credited to Lagerfeld's doing. A great example would be the iconic Chanel No.5 perfume that delivers the same elegance and prime status as a suit under the same label, just with a more accessible number of zeroes on its tag. Not every brand has succeeded in balancing both aspirational fashion and affordable luxury under their wing, but Lagerfeld made the formula work and succeed.
He transformed what 'runway' is all about
A master of awe-inspiring productions when it comes to runway shows, Lagerfeld changed the landscape of how catwalks should be done by treating it like a movie set or a music video shoot. Some of his most memorable works include transforming the Grand Palais in Paris into a supermarket (who could have imagined that a supermarket could be so high-fashion?), a beach, a rocket ship and even incorporated waterfalls and icebergs into some of his shows. Needless to say, his productions are nothing short of incredible and mind-blowing. His innovative take on bridal dresses, tweed suits and eccentrically chic pieces are also undeniably for the books. This is why his final bows at the end of his shows became as anticipated as the pieces walking through the catwalk and why it made it into the headlines when he was unable to take one at the display of his last collection.