When a designer retires or leaves a brand to take the next step in their career, it's inevitable that the creative direction of that brand ends up becoming reinvented. That can be good or bad, depending on who you ask, but fans of Chanel and Fendi don't have anything to worry about in the foreseeable future. Karl Lagerfeld is going to design until he dies, according to Fashionista. Thank the lord, because I really couldn't fathom a Chanel without Karl. Who else is going to stage runway protests, an airport catwalk, or have a fashion show set at a brasserie? This is the kind of creative genius we cannot lose.
Lagerfeld got the entire internet buzzing on Tuesday with Chanel's Spring 2016 runway presentation, where he turned the Grand Palais into an airport waiting lounge, and his comments to the press before the big show definitely assured fans that his fashion reign is far from ending. "You know my contracts with Fendi and Chanel are for life? And I don't feel tired at all," the 82-year-old said. Given that Ralph Lauren stepped down as CEO just last week, this revelation could not have come at a better time for fashion fans.
Whether you love him or hate him (but really, you love him), no one can deny that Karl Lagerfeld is one of the most iconic designers of our time, both due to his creative and innovative vision...
...as well as his signature style.
But though we're accustomed to seeing him with his suit, gloves, and glasses, he wasn't always so...covered up.
Werk. Luckily, he found his look quickly enough.
He's delivered up some of the most entertaining runway shows and captivating fashion ads, in addition to his covetable designs.
I'm so happy that we've got plenty more Karl magic to look forward to in the future.