Karl the Great, the Emperor of Style, the Fashion Kaiser. He was a truly odious figure in the fashion industry and an incredibly versatile personality in ordinary life. He idolized books in paper form, even opened his own bookstore - 7L - and created a perfume Paper Passion with the smell of freshly printed books. He was sharp in his statements, his capacious uncompromising quotes went around the world and known as "carlisms", and were later eternized in the collection of aphorisms "World in Charles' eyes". He was fond of art, drew illustrations to Andersen's fairy tales and caricatures of famous events or people, which turned into his album "Dwarf-catures". He was an outstanding photographer, sensitive to the image and moods, did shooting up for a lot of advertising campaigns for Fashion Houses and reversals of famous glossy (including provocative ones).
He was born in Hamburg 10 September 1933 year (Libra)(acc. to other source - 35th or 38th). In 1953 he moved to Paris, which had become the city of his fame and recognition. Lagerfeld worked with Pierre Balmain, Jean Patou, Tiziani, Chloe, Fendi, created the personal brand - Karl Lagerfeld. But what made his main recognition and success was the Director art position in Chanel. It was he who breathed new life into eternal ideas of the illustrious Mademoiselle and made them resound in a new way. The master always remembered the traditions, so in the collections he paid tribute to Coco Chanel and her commitment to the signs of fate, numerology, astrology. At the same time, he seemed to be a stranger to such Hobbies. But, nevertheless, he became an idol of the High Fashion world, and his image became the personification of a special style - a La Lagerfeld.
CHIC IN CONTRAST
"You cannot do without black. It gives a noble Shine to even the most ordinary pants." The master built his eidolon on the cult of black suits and the rule of the white shirt. "Should you ask me what I would most like to invent in fashion, I would say - a white shirt," the couturier once remarked. In memory of the Great Karl the project "Tribute to Karl" was created: The White Shirt, within which their interpretation of the iconic thing presented the master's friends and colleagues including Cara Delevingne, Diane Kruger, Kate moss, Tommy Hilfiger, Takashi Murakami. If we turn to the symbolism of color, the choice of the Emperor of Fashion speaks a lot. Black is the absorption of all colors and the embodiment of mystery, versatility, wealth. White - the reflection of all colors, the personification of purity, strength, nobility.
That's what Lagerfeld called tinted glasses. Without them, due to visual defects, he looked "like a puppy who wants to be taken home from the orphanage," the master once explained. This accessory became one more invariable part of his image, obligatory on shows and secular actions for the "strangers not to see his soul". Although in ordinary life, the couturier did not wear sunglasses.
SPIRIT, POWER, ENERGY SYMBOL
It is a toss-up to say whether Karl the great knew about this meaning of the fan when he organically has woven it into his image. Naturally, he chose this attribute in his signature black and white colors, with wooden or pearl inserts. The fan in the hands of the master aroused a vivid interest of the public and journalists, giving rise to many incredible assumptions. The story was much simpler: Lagerfeld began wearing this accessory in the '80s when he became a regular at the club "Studio 54", where a lot of smoking and couturier in such a simple way waved off the annoying smoke. He was so used to the fan that he began to appear with it in the light, appreciating the opportunity to hide his face from unceremonious fans and paparazzi.
Lagerfeld was a stickler for certain brands - gloves or mitts of Causse, Chrome Hearts silver jewelry, the Caran d'ache pencils, the S.T. pens. Dupont and many other iconic things.
His most beloved creature he called the Burmese cat Choupette, whom he willed almost the fortune. As the mascot, he considered Hudson, the godson, the son of the model Brad Kroenig, who often participated in demonstrations of the house de Chanel collections. Karl the great first brought the boy to the podium at the age of 3 with his father, and later often engaged him in the shows and photoshoots. It was Hudson that the master called his symbol of luck.