The sad news of Karl Lagerfeld’s death has been announced today, and as a former fashion student, and long-time Lagerfeld fan, I wanted to write a little piece in memory of such a style icon. He may have said some controversial things over the years, but his influence on the fashion world is undeniable, and I for one was saddened by the news of his death.
Karl Lagerfeld was 85 years old when he passed away, and he worked tirelessly up to his final days. The stylish German designer has been the creative director for Chanel and Fendi, as well as having his own brand. He was renowned for his classic design style and inspired young designers, including myself, to challenge the industry and reimagine how women can dress.
For me, he’s always been up there with Alexander McQueen and Vivienne Westwood, real icons in a world so difficult to stand out in. I also think his personal style was flawless. A tailored suit, dark glasses and his iconic white ponytail, Lagerfeld WAS fashion. He once famously stated that he was a caricature of himself, and that he liked it that way.
The news of his death has reached fans of his work and of the man himself, and heartfelt tributes have already gone out from fellow icons such as Donatella Versace, Victoria Beckham and Henry Holland. I personally remember fondly when he collaborated with high street clothing brand H&M, and a student like me with minimum income could finally own something designed by such a personal idol. I still have my Lagerfeld T Shirt, and I won’t be throwing it out anytime soon.