The Memorial Of A Prolific Fashion Legend

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Anna Wintour and Gigi Hadid were among more than a thousand guests to attend a star-studded memorial for the late Karl Lagerfeld in Paris on Thursday.

Chanel, Fendi and the designer’s eponymous label, organized together the 90-minute “Karl For Ever” tribute ,which was a fittingly magnificent spectacle to celebrate the life and achievements of the creative designer, who died in February.

The event was held at Paris’ Grand Palais, a venue that Lagerfeld regularly transformed into elaborate sets for his celebrated shows, the memorial attracted many of the world’s best-known designers models and label bosses. The presence of stars from beyond the fashion world — from France’s first lady Brigitte Macron to racing driver Lewis Hamilton — spoke to the breadth of a seven-decade career that spanned photography, art and design.

Guests sat on black-and-white chairs, arranged like a chessboard beneath monochrome portraits of Lagerfeld. Tilda Swinton, Helen Mirren and Cara Delevingne were among those to deliver readings, while musical performances came from Pharrell Williams and the Chinese pianist Lang Lang.

A moving on-screen homage saw dozens of renowned figures, including Dior creative director Maria Grazia Chiuri, filmmaker Baz Luhrmann and even Lagerfeld’s famous feline, Choupette, paying tribute to the German designer and his legacy. Proceedings were narrated by Lagerfeld himself, with the help of edited clips from archive interviews.

“This whole thing is all woven and sewn together with Karl in mind, aiming to get the sense of proportion and detail he was so good at,” Canadian opera director Robert Carsen, who conceived the production, told WWDearlier this month.

Karl Lagerfeld, who died at the age of 85, is remembered as one of the most influential, recognizable and legendary outspokenfigures in contemporary fashion history. Along with his most famous post as creative director of Chanel ,he also served as the creative mastermind at Fendi and his own label, Karl Lagerfeld.

“His creative genius was breathtaking and to be his friend was an exceptional gift,” said Vogue’s editor-in-chief Anna Wintour in a statement at the time of his death.

In March, Chanel paid tribute to the designer with a moment of silenceat the start of its Autumn-Winter 2019 show, before models took to the runway in an all-white collection of the brand’s signatures.

In July, Fendi will stage its own showin tribute to Lagerfeld in Rome.

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