They say everyone is replaceable but it is unimaginable to think of Chanel moving forward without Karl Lagerfeld. He made Chanel relevant for generations. Karl carried on Coco's legacy; honoring her vision but reinventing it over and over, making it modern and keeping it at the top of fashion's "most wanted" lists. The fashion shows became spectacles and the most coveted ticket to get. Where would fashion be without the boucle jackets and tweedy looks mixed with pearls, metals and camellias?
The most prolific designer of our time, he not only designed six collections a season for Chanel, he worked with Fendi, Chloe and his own namesake line. He was a photographer, often photographing this own advertising campaigns and he was a filmmaker or rather a storyteller. Karl wanted to be a one man muti fashion phenomenon. I think he succeeded.
Karl was known for his "karlisms," funny, now iconic quotes that will live on forever. I thought it would be fun to revisit the best of them.
"Elegance is an attitude"
"Trendy is the last stage before tacky"
"The fashion of no- fashion is still fashion!"
"I'm a working class person, working with class"
|Cindy Crawford via instagram|
"I don't like standard beauty, there is no beauty without strangeness."
"Don't dress to kill, dress to survive."
"What I love best in life is new starts."
" I'm very much down to earth, just not of this earth."
|Valerio Mezzanotti for NOWFASHION|
"Sweatpants are a sign of defeat. You lost control of your life so you bought some sweatpants."
He was not without controversy. He has taken stands on subjects not particularly popular and was not always PC. One of his "karlisms" I have to disagree with was his comment; "I think tattoos are horrible. It's like wearing a Pucci dress forever." I, for one love Pucci!
Forbes said in an article published yesterday, "his passing permanently marks the world of fashion:Before Karl Lagerfeld and After Lagerfeld."