Impossibile dimenticare Karl Lagerfeld, direttore creativo di Fendi e Chanel e patron del marchio che oggi porta il suo nome, che è morto a Parigi all’età di 85 anni. È stato uno stilista ma anche fotografo e designer apprezzato in tutto il mondo: ha collaborato con diverse case di moda ed è considerato icona del mondo fashion. Il re dell’alta moda.

Io non lavoro, no no no, non scherziamo. Lavoro è quello di chi va ogni mattina a fare una cosa che non gli piace. Io ho la fortuna di fare quello che amo, e di farlo nelle migliori condizioni: lo sa che i miei sono contratti a vita?

Queste le sue parole a Vanity Fair nel 2015.

“Straordinario individuo creativo, Karl Lagerfeld ha reinventato i codici del marchio creati da Gabrielle Chanel: la giacca e l’abito Chanel, il tubino nero, i preziosi tweed, le scarpe bicolori, le borse trapuntate, le perle e la bigiotteria”, così lo ha definito il brand Chanel dall’account Instagram. Queste, invece, le parole di Alain Wertheimer, CEO di Chanel:

Grazie al suo genio creativo, alla sua generosità e all’intuizione eccezionale, Karl Lagerfeld è stato in anticipo sui tempi, il che ha ampiamente contribuito al successo della House of Chanel in tutto il mondo. Oggi non solo ho perso un amico, ma abbiamo tutti perso una straordinaria mente creativa a cui ho dato carta bianca nei primi anni ’80 per reinventare il marchio.

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It is with deep sadness that the House of CHANEL announces the passing of Karl Lagerfeld, the Creative Director for the CHANEL Fashion House since 1983. An extraordinary creative individual, Karl Lagerfeld reinvented the brand’s codes created by Gabrielle Chanel: the CHANEL jacket and suit, the little black dress, the precious tweeds, the two-tone shoes, the quilted handbags, the pearls and costume jewelry. Regarding Gabrielle Chanel, he said, “My job is not to do what she did, but what she would have done. The good thing about Chanel is it is an idea you can adapt to many things.” A prolific creative mind with endless imagination, Karl Lagerfeld explored many artistic horizons, including photography and short films. The House of CHANEL benefited from his talent for all the branding campaigns related to Fashion since 1987. Finally, one cannot refer to Karl Lagerfeld without mentioning his innate sense of repartee and self-mockery. Alain Wertheimer, CEO of CHANEL, said: “Thanks to his creative genius, generosity and exceptional intuition, Karl Lagerfeld was ahead of his time, which widely contributed to the House of CHANEL’s success throughout the world. Today, not only have I lost a friend, but we have all lost an extraordinary creative mind to whom I gave carte blanche in the early 1980s to reinvent the brand.” Bruno Pavlovsky, President of Fashion at CHANEL, said: “Fashion show after fashion show, collection after collection, Karl Lagerfeld left his mark on the legend of Gabrielle Chanel and the history of the House of CHANEL. He steadfastly promoted the talent and expertise of CHANEL’s ateliers and Métiers d’Art, allowing this exceptional know-how to shine throughout the world. The greatest tribute we can pay today is to continue to follow the path he traced by – to quote Karl – ‘continuing to embrace the present and invent the future’.” Virginie Viard, Director of CHANEL’s Fashion Creation Studio and Karl Lagerfeld’s closest collaborator for more than 30 years, has been entrusted by Alain Wertheimer with the creative work for the collections, so that the legacy of Gabrielle Chanel and Karl Lagerfeld can live on.

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Su Twitter anche l’ultimo saluto a Karl Lagerfeld di Maria Elena Boschi e Giusy Versace: