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.
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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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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? 🚲 🤐🥊🥊
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. )
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.
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.
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.
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.
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”.