Karl Lagerfeld has always been a name to reckon with in the fashion world for a long time now. Considering how the man managed to revolutionise the industry multiple times with his creativity, his passing at the age of 85 left the world shocked. While some people took to social media to mourn the legend’s demise, many, instead, chose to focus on the legacy Karl left behind. Perhaps one of the most notable couturier in the history of fashion, Karl made sure to leave a mark behind in the chicest way possible. And although he was plagued with controversies through his many years in the fashion industry - thanks to his no verbal filter policy - the eccentric man was loved by many for being openly outlandish and his ability to project that into his designs. Karl started off with Fendi, which started in the year 1967. Soon after, he was hired by Chanel to bring the brand back to life, which is exactly what he did. He is the mastermind who helped Chanel revamp its image and took it from being just a French fashion house to an internationally-acclaimed brand in his three-decade run. His innovative ideas and fresh designs caught everyone’s attention and proved to be groundbreaking. 1984 saw Karl start his own venture, the eponymous label Karl Lagerfeld. In his own words, he established the brand to be able to channel “intellectual sexiness”.
Thus, Karl took off while the world saw the designer change the fashion game entirely with his unique style. Which is why, it’s no surprise that he procured many loyal fans in the form of some big names, such as Cara Delevigne, Naomi Campbell, Rihanna, Victoria Beckham, Kim Kardashian, and Gigi Hadid, to name a few. The reason Karl was celebrated was because of how he embraced change and welcomed it. In fact, he instigated it most of the time! From promoting gender fluidity to collaborations with high-street fashion brands (back when it wasn’t even a thing high end fashion houses did), Karl was infamously outspoken and irreverent, making his opinion crystal clear without any remorse or filter. However, Karl’s interests went way beyond clothes and fashion. He also designed Diet Coke bottles, Steinway’s 150th anniversary piano back in 2003, as well as a sprawling six-star hotel in Macau, which is named after him. And although he’s gone, his work remains, immortalised!