Dark sunglasses even at night time, white hair gathered in a tail and black leather aviator gloves, an innate class. He left at the age of 85, he has been a global fashion icon for over 60 years and was Chanel's historical artistic director. Karl Lagerfield has always been an eclectic and mysterious character.
He first met fashion in 1949, when his mother took him to see Dior in Paris, where afterwards he moved to and where in 1954 Pierre Balmain got his first job. In 1962 he became the first freelancer in fashion industry working in France, Italy, Great Britain and Germany and launched his own brand.
In 1965 he begun the collaboration with Fendi and in '64 he started working at Chloé. A documentary tells about his friendship with his historical rival Yves Saint Laurent until they had an argument in 1975.
'Elegance is an attitude', Karl loved to say, he was a public figure without comparisons. His team says he was able to work even 16 hours a day, perfect and tireless. During his career, the women he choose as his 'muses' became the greatest models of all times, from Inès de la Fressange to Cara Delevingne, passing through the most recent Kaia Gerber, daughter of Cindy Crawford.
He spent 36 years of his life at Chanel, in the last fashion show he was not there. 'Karl is tired', the only information leaked. To greet the front row was Virginie Viard, director of the creative studio of the maison, that will succeed him to the creative direction.