The KARL LAGERFELD brand was initially founded in 1984, and it continues to remain faithful to the founding designer’s iconic vision. The DNA is clear, Parisian classics with a little edge with strong tailoring and creativity at every level. Staples include updates of Karl Lagerfeld’s own inimitable wardrobe with high, short collars, leather gloves and baroque jewellery, all in his iconic black and white colour scheme. The label celebrates this weighty heritage season after season, with the help of a roster of prestigious guests. Next September, Carine Roitfeld, friend, designer, fashion editor and stylist will unveil her selection of absolute essentials from the 2019 Autumn-Winter collection.
Karl Lagerfeld was born in Germany in 1938 and moved to France as a young man. In 1954, the designer-to-be shared the top prize at the International Wool Secretariat with another unknown,
Yves Saint Laurent. Pierre Balmain spotted his talent and hired Lagerfeld as his assistant. In
1959, he went to work for Jean Patou as creative director followed by a stint at Chloé. In 1965, Fendi turned to Lagerfeld to update the brand. He duly did so, creating the Double ‘F’ logo, and bringing a sense of fun to the label that is still very much in evidence today. In 1983, Chanel called on his services to breathe new life into the brand. Between 1992 and 1997, he was also creative director at Chloé. Lagerfeld’s artistic aura was recognised all over the globe, and in 2004, he designed the first ever masstige collection for the Swedish giant H&M. Lagerfeld the visionary died on February 19 2019 in Paris. Hun Kim, who was appointed creative director of the brand in 2015, is carrying on the good work.