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The German-born designer Karl Lagerfeld has died at the age of 85. He was a designer, an artist and a fashion icon. For this sad occasion we recommend a portrait DW made in 2014. No living fashion designer, let alone a German one, was as celebrated as Karl Lagerfeld. On September 10, 2018 the man with the trademark ponytail and sunglasses celebrated his 85th birthday. From dawn to late morning, Karl Lagerfeld designs for Chanel, Fendi and his own signature brand - a combined workload of up to 15 collections a year. A workhorse who never takes breaks or even a vacation, he is also a photographer and filmmaker. His passion for fashion was awakened by a Dior show in Hamburg in 1950. Four years later, at the age of 17, Karl Lagerfeld was hired as an assistant to Pierre Balmain. Karl Lagerfeld recounts his beginnings in the industry, as well as his upper class background and childhood in Schleswig-Holstein. Karl Lagerfeld was greatly influenced by his mother, whom he describes as his personal style icon. Karl Lagerfeld's caustic comments were notorious and dreaded by those at the receiving end. As an artist, Karl Lagerfeld worked in several media, from pictures and photographs to book illustrations and videos. The documentary of 2015 follows Karl Lagerfeld to exhibition openings, during the hectic preparations for his fashion shows, and at photo shoots in Paris as it seeks to uncover the man behind the mask. _______ DW Documentary gives you knowledge beyond the headlines. Watch high-class documentaries from German broadcasters and international production companies. Meet intriguing people, travel to distant lands, get a look behind the complexities of daily life and build a deeper understanding of current affairs and global events. Subscribe and explore the world around you with DW Documentary. Subscribe to DW Documentary: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCW39zufHfsuGgpLviKh297Q?sub_confirmation=1# For more documentaries visit: http://www.dw.com/en/tv/docfilm/s-3610 Instagram https://www.instagram.com/dwdocumentary/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/dw.stories DW netiquette policy: http://www.dw.com/en/dws-netiquette-policy/a-5300954
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Taylan Snyder (2 months ago)
Many , many years ago when I worked in the business of Fashion one of my first jobs was with KL producing shows . When you are in the presence of greatness You feel it. He was by far the most sophisticated artist I had the honor of working with so early on. He sat with me outdoors for a moment for some fresh air . He kissed my cheeks and said " I wish to thank you for your hard work and let you know how very much your efforts mean to me" I smiled and thanked him We began to walk back indoors as he reached for my hand and put my arm thru his . I felt like I was with a king . That is the legacy he leaves. His extraordinary style and the immense understanding of the human soul. We have so of these teachers left . The industry is not at all what it once was . He will be missed beyond words. Thank you my dear Mr. Lagerfeld for giving us your opinion on Haute couture and your regal outlook of life. He was successful because he treated everyone as if they were royalty and he genuinely loved fabric and all it became.
Alansubocz (2 days ago)
Orange Kitten no danger that happening to you
Orange Kitten (1 month ago)
I bet if a different designer that you had worked with had died instead of Karl, all of a sudden, that person would have been the most talented/best designer that you have ever worked with. Every time someone dies, all of a sudden, they become this wonderful, amazing person who could do no wrong. Let me guess. Did his smile light up the whole room too?
Londonderry (1 month ago)
Thanks for memories.
MECHITA L BEJARANO (1 month ago)
Quelle belle souvenir!!! Merci beaucoup pour partager 😗😗😗
Mo A (2 months ago)
Thank you for sharing your memory with Karl Lagerfeld. I didn't know much about him, but by going through the videos of him now, it seems he was not a fashion designer but a True Artist with commentaries on Life.
Paul H. Kircher III (3 days ago)
He's still in Rotterdam and so are You.
ENRICO BELENO (3 days ago)
timeless icon
bubble butt (8 days ago)
BakaDemi (17 days ago)
Mariyeen Acheege (19 days ago)
The true artist is honest is self deprecating. So he is.
LD marmalade (20 days ago)
i went to the same school as lagerfeld (about 50 years later), in bad bramstedt. what it doesn't say here is that actually, he got bullied pretty bad. so did i. these places don't change. small-minded people who want to take down everything and everyone that's different & unique. happy for him he made it out and got to wash that terrible stain off of his life story (because who cares where he came from, it's where he went that counts). i know i'm never going back there.
Martine Sejour (23 days ago)
He is not a “fashion designer “, but a couture architect.
cynthia van teylingen (25 days ago)
this was a very interesting person to watch a doc about.
Miroslav Ťažký (27 days ago)
R.I.P. Karl Lagerfeld (*1933-+2019)
couch photography (1 month ago)
Best film about him ever...he's so missed, a true original
Sara Alvarez (1 month ago)
May you rest in peace Karl
Orange Kitten (1 month ago)
Even though I think that people who buy cloths & accessories that are literally thousands of dollars are 100% retarded, I'm saddened by his passing...Poor man. There is no denying that he lived a fabulous/wonderful life though. He will be missed by billions. Ruhe in Frieden, Mr. Lagerfeld.
vangoghmatisse1 (1 month ago)
Catraoine Kelly (1 month ago)
An inspiration, a visionary, an icon... A true legend 💕💕💕 Rest in peace, Mr. Lagerfeld 🍷🍷🍷
King and genius❤💋!!!
Z z (1 month ago)
TheBoringLifeOfRayane (1 month ago)
don't forget his racist and anti-muslic slur
Jonas Müller (1 month ago)
R.I.P. Karl; one true legend
Bobby Collins (1 month ago)
DIGITAL THUG (1 month ago)
rest in peace love :/
Killing LiarPLL (1 month ago)
this was posted before karl’s death??
Shaun Noble (1 month ago)
Rest in Peace Mr. Lagerfeld. #LEGEND
jojewel A (1 month ago)
so mesmeraised when he sketches.great personality.
Benjamin Nolan (1 month ago)
RIP Kaiser
Kathy Nguyen (1 month ago)
An extraordinary man. R.I.P Karl. So intelligent and talented, yet very humble.
Fareen Mohamed (1 month ago)
Is Karl using Crayola?
Todd Lavigne (1 month ago)
consumers going to a show glorifying consumerism....the ultimate expression of brainwashing and stupidity I love fashion but the industry is just stupid
brandi taylor (1 month ago)
there was never anyone like him before and will never be anyone like him again. even if he hadn't been a "designer", it would still be so. the world lost something on february 19, 2019. something irreplaceable.
Helen F. (1 month ago)
Umm interesting choice of music......
Candy Bergauer (2 months ago)
He doesn't want everyone to see his facial expressions what does he have to hide he looks like he's a sick man little demented just saying he probably fits in with the rest of the sickos in Hollywood in the fashion Industries kind of looks like a Dracula don't you think I'm creepy more creepy people in the business I wonder who what his favorite food is on second thought I don't want to
Linda Hollingsworth (2 months ago)
Always enjoyed his aura or "look"..............mysterious. His designs.with Chanel..........sublime.
Mo A (2 months ago)
The more you listen to his statements and quotes you realize he had an extraordinary existential philosophy which was unique to him which eludes us all. I am fascinated.
Mo A (2 months ago)
"If there is one thing I hate is Responsibility; I am completely irresponsible....Freedom is the opposite of responsibility" Amazing.
Mo A (2 months ago)
"...The more at peace you are with yourself, the better you can take care of others"
Xotic Enigma (2 months ago)
I loved this documentary! May he Rest In Peace and God bless Choupette.
Crazy Rich Wu Mao (2 months ago)
42 mins and 25 secs and I've learned nothing. Absolutely nothing. I didn't know anything about KL except for his hair and sunglasses, and still know nothing about KL after watching this. I learned something about Coco though.
DJ Shock Africa (2 months ago)
39:55 What a full work schedule! The inspiration is to not hold back, but be prolific. Rest in power Karl Lagerfeld.
Jacqueline Robinson (2 months ago)
I’ve never heard of him before. I thought he was a women!!!
Sook Wilson (2 months ago)
Anyone notice the background music is from the soundtrack of THE LOVER ? No drugs , No alcohol , that's Why he lived till 85 RIP Lagerfeld
Jasreet (2 months ago)
Rest In Peace.
DerJeninator (2 months ago)
Sam is that you? I enjoy the narrators voice in this documentary
Debi Barrington (2 months ago)
Julie Okoki (2 months ago)
The ones who have billions don't even show off R.I.P legend.
ktellusastory (2 months ago)
he was very talented but lets not forget some of the horrible ideals he stood for. He was an open fat-phobic, misogynist, and endorsed poverty and suffering from the fashion industry.
dark star (2 months ago)
Famous for nothing just a old guy who sold his soul there's people who actually have talent in the fashion industry and dont get recognized but this old guy puts a a string on a rope and becomes great
ShadowfinderMusic (2 months ago)
He could design anything and it would be built because he was Karl Lagerfeld. Some of his designs might not have been really good, but it was just such a household name that everybody would probably jump at the occasion to make something which had Karl's signature. Still, the man seems to have been genuine and a good soul. RIP Karl.
BEASTLY IDIOTS (2 months ago)
I emailed his cat for a loan but no joy.
Mat Williams (2 months ago)
'Karl Lagerfeld's passion for fashion is infectious and inspires one to live life to it's fullest.'
Litsa Macri (2 months ago)
He LIKES His Glasses Because He Needs Them. He WAS A Successful Man. A LIFE With Surprises. HE THROW His Life In The MODELLING Business/World. He Could LIVE For Longer. God To REST His Soul. 📿 wow, Dangerous ESCAPE? 🚲 🤐🥊🥊
Clive Wilson (2 months ago)
very over rated
alexander2007xyz (2 months ago)
Instead of donating the wealth of children who have nothing to eat, he preferred to donate to a cat! Fuck you, Karl
CD_ Promo (2 months ago)
He may have had a great fashion career and he may have made a lot of thin and wealthy women feel good, but he was base and ignorant if he didn't understand that being unkind and categorizing women because of their size is idiotic. ( Read his own statements). I know a little about this industry, having worked for Jilsander, Joop, and Escada in Germany and Valentino, Ungaro, Rykiel, Armani, Gian Franco Ferre, Castelbajac, Erreuno, Yamamoto and others in Europe/ Asia in the early 80's. I loved Karl's work. but he - like a lot of these fashion diva mavens..was a moron. ( In my own experience, the designers I mentioned were NOT. )
flikedout (2 months ago)
He hated German facsism and had a good heart
Ilinca Bunescu (2 months ago)
Rip Karl Lagerfeld a true fashion legend that will go on forever 19.02.2019
Jimmy misle (2 months ago)
Racist and bigot..
ZULU MATUBU (2 months ago)
Jimmy misle of course !
Sam Selimoski (2 months ago)
Very inspirational RIP❤️
nik jul (2 months ago)
Who's looking after poppete?
MetteMaiden (2 months ago)
Wie er deutsch spricht ha lieb ihn
Kerry Li (2 months ago)
A great artist and designer of all time...RIP Karl! You’ll never be forgotten!!!
M P (2 months ago)
funny: German documentary films KL always speeks english or french and is dubbed by someone and in english documentary films he speeks german and is deubbed by someone ... ... ...
Manoela Dantas (2 months ago)
O maior ícone!!!
Anders Liljevall (2 months ago)
He was kind of old-fashioned in a very attractive way.
HausOfAdonis (2 months ago)
He powdered his hair to make it snow white like his mother’s hair...😉 that was his way of bringing his mom with him, everywhere he went.
Dan Ho (2 months ago)
RIP, the father of fashion!!
Duan Torruellas (2 months ago)
The fashion in the 50s was the best. Cary grant and Hepburn, now those clothes were hot , still are. He landed in it when it was there , this is the world that birthed this genius. R.I.P karl Lagerfeld.
tat ilovearianagrande (2 months ago)
yumiko kido (2 months ago)
R.I.P We'll miss you.
garelietalos (2 months ago)
22:09 PARISparis
Say Cheese (2 months ago)
Where is his soul? That’s what matters at the end..
Savana Love (2 months ago)
I’m actually gonna miss him and I don’t even know him personally
Andre' Casillas (2 months ago)
Rest In Peace my hero
Love Forever
Nataliya L (2 months ago)
Who is taking over Chanel?
Nuke Em (2 months ago)
Why is this on my YT. Never knew the bloke. I do not care for fashion. It is the same as plastics. It is the same as makeup. Women with Clown faces. All victims all subjecting us to a polluted environment with micro plastics.
Bruceann Owen (2 months ago)
His work will forever be unmatched, Rest In Peace to one of greatest fashion icons
John the man (2 months ago)
house of channel will miss one of the greats fashion will never be the same.
Seymen Önal (2 months ago)
Wie kann da sein Todes Datum stehen vor 5 Monaten ???
DW Documentary (2 months ago)
Hi Seyman, we updated the thumbnail & left the content. Thanks for asking, enjoy!
Janet Roberson (2 months ago)
rebeka trance (2 months ago)
No body be there forever e ér that is life, and life is beautiful when you keep. Simple.
Bonpu (2 months ago)
What a beautiful, humble human being. I‘m gonna miss you very much.
Z K (2 months ago)
give me a break plese
JoThePro10 (2 months ago)
RIP legend
Thank you for such precious moments
Glamorous Blonde (2 months ago)
Karl is Brilliant!!! Such an amazing man, vision, gifted, talented, lovely.
THE FORGOTTEN GRACE (2 months ago)
Love you! Peace ! Love from Monaco.
I wish I could watch this without the synchronisation.
Mrs! Firestone (2 months ago)
Dolores Zumkeller (2 months ago)
No offence meant - but exactly what has Karl Lagerfeld contributed to make this world a better place. He has made himself and those who surrounded him rich with fashion that is meant for only the very rich and famous. That is really nothing to brag or talk about.
kate ara (1 month ago)
I don't point finger at someone when I have not achieved anything or judge someone without knowing how they made it till here. So, do not say what he has done , you say what you have done to make this place better.
Anna H. (2 months ago)
Dolores Zumkeller , he was a big part of the fashion industry, which provides thousands of jobs for people whose livelihood depend on it- that’s an important contribution. He worked very hard to get to where he was- I admire that and it is inspiring to a lot of people. Besides, fashion is art and art always enriches the world- even if you can’t afford it, it can still fascinate and inspire as well. Apparently, it is important to many people- just because you don’t understand and care for it, doesn’t mean that there is “really nothing to brag or talk about”.
Knut Katastrophe (2 months ago)
H&M for the very rich? Hehe
timothy hopkins (2 months ago)
A great designer putting it mildly ! Thank you for this film .
Viviane Menezes (2 months ago)
ILY Karl...You are the Uber Kaiser. RIP
06wana (2 months ago)
A German... always discipline and hardworking
rougewillow (2 months ago)
I had no idea that he was german
Keith Simiyu (2 months ago)
Anant Bhika (2 months ago)
Was he gay?
David (2 months ago)
A true icon
Trevor Graham Welch (2 months ago)
Yes He Was The Most Homosexual Man In Paris ( Yuck )
Sour Pickle (2 months ago)
How famous, success, rich, poor, good, or bad you are.. in the end of the day you can hide from death... May rest in peace dear monsieur Karl Lagerfeld
Neon Frost (1 month ago)
Duncan Fraser Buchanan (2 months ago)
Jamar Johnson (2 months ago)
Love you Karl!🖤

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