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Four years without Karl

The designer became an emblematic character for fashion.

On February 19, 2019, social media exploded when the news broke. Karl Lagerfeld, designer of German origin -known as the kaiser of fashion-, had died in Paris at the age of 85.

Four years after his departure, today we bring together some of the aspects that help us understand his relevance in life. Undoubtedly, all added to a successful (and sometimes controversial) career that has made him one of the most relevant characters on the fashion scene on both a global and historical scale.

Take note:

  • From 1983, he was creative director of the renowned French fashion firm Chanel (founded by designer Coco Chanel in 1910).
  • He was artistic director of Fendi, an Italian brand, for more than 50 years. He entered their ranks precisely in 1965. It is said to be the longest relationship that has existed in the fashion industry.
  • After his death, French government authorities and the fashion industry globally recognized his creative and social contributions not only to the fashion scene, but also to tourism and the positioning of Paris as the capital of fashion.

  • He was a passionate and professional photographer; in fact, multiple campaigns for Chanel were conceived by himself.
  • He founded his own firm in 1984. The homonymous brand today markets garments for women, men, and children, among other luxury products.
  • His signature look, made up of black glasses, black clothing, pronounced white cuffs and collars, as well as gloves, made him a recognizable character.
  • In 2014, Barbie released an edition of the doll inspired by the look. The copy sold out in 5 hours.
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In conclusion, a designer turned icon. The same one that has already earned a place in contemporary popular culture.
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