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Karl Lagerfeld

One of the things I love about Designer Day is that I often find out stuff I never knew about the various designers – even the most famous ones whom I thought I knew everything about. German designer Karl Lagerfeld (1938 – ) is of course a very famous and highly regarded designer, but today I found out that he actually owns a book shop and a publishing company! Did you know that? For a bookworm like myself, and indeed all us Vili Flikers, that is about the greatest thing a person can do. Throw in some magnificent clothes as well, and we got ourselves a hero.


I think Lagerfeld is the one designer even people not interested in fashion would be able to recognize. His signature look is basically illustrated above, and I for one can’t really remember having seen him wear anything else… I think.

Lagerfeld is probably best known for his position as art director at Chanel, where he started in 1983.

But, the prodigy that is Karl can do more than that. As a 17 year old, (why do all the brilliant people start out so early?! They make me feel old and bitter), Lagerfeld became the assistant to the great designer Pierre Balmain. Three years later he was art director for Jean Patou.

During the 60-s, Lagerfeld worked as an independent stylist, until Fendi came by and asked him to collaborate with them. This collaboration still continues.

But collaborating with both Fendi and Chanel obviously was not enough, so in 1984, Lagerfeld also launched his own line, called (perhaps the most original thought he ever had): Karl Lagerfeld.

He has, as mentioned last week, also collaborated with Chloé. However, designing marvelous clothes for sometimes four different fashion houses still was not enough, so Lagerfeld started exploring photography, and from 1987 he has created his own advertising campaigns. And they are brilliant.

He has also made the illustrations for “The Emperor’s New Clothes” by H. C. Andersen, which unfortunately I wasn’t able to find any photos of. If you know of any, please tell us! But there is no doubt that the Karl, like us, loves books (allegedly he owns 300 000). That’s probably why there is a rumor circulating that he is launching a new perfume called Paper Passion. Whether this is true or not, I do not know, but it would be kinda cool.

I realize that this post has been very textual – but there was just so much fun stuff about Lagerfeld that I had to share! But let’s end this post the way it should – with some photos:

Love, Hanna


3 responses

  1. Lily

    I kind of doubt he has actually read all those books, if he even owns that many. I have to say I’m not a big fan of Karl Lagerfeld because of the position he took in the whole discussion about anorexic models a few years ago, saying that ‘no one wants to see chubby women’ and that he didn’t want a rule against too thin models. He did change his opinion a bit later, but I still think he isn’t the most likeable person.

    June 14, 2011 at 11:46 am

  2. Yeah, we actually discussed the book thing earlier today, and our guess is that he’s read about five, including the ones he’s written himself 😉

    What was that about chubby women? Did not know that, but he does loose quite a lot of hero points for that one!

    June 14, 2011 at 10:05 pm

  3. Lily

    I found this article on the topic and the quotes are pretty harsh …

    June 14, 2011 at 10:39 pm

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