Photo via Karl Lagerfeld
The Grand Palais housed once more, a fabulous event attended by elegant members of the fashion world, this time to celebrate the life and work of the iconic Karl Lagerfeld.
“Karld For Ever”, the tribute to the Renaissance Man and great designer, was organised by Chanel, Fendi and Karl Lagerfeld, and arranged by Canadian opera director Robert Carsen.
Portraits from floor to ceiling of Lagerfeld were hanging from the walls of Grand Palais, where Lagerfeld had made us dream so many times with the spectacular settings for Chanel’s catwalk shows. The black and white photos showed every phase of his long career, from the beginning as a teenager winning the Woolmark Prize in 1954, to his time working at Chloe in the ‘70s and then Fendi, Chanel and his eponymous label.
To celebrate the German multi-talented creator, many famous faces who had collaborated with Lagerfeld throughout the years, performed on stage. Tilda Swinton, looking fabulous as always, recited from Virginia Wolf’s “Orlando”, which was one of Lagerfeld’s favourites. Helen Mirren read from the designer’s memoirs “A World According To Karl”, while Charlie Siem played the violin. French actress Fanny Ardant read a poem by Stephane Mallarmé about fans, Lagerfeld’s signature accessory and private air conditioning as he once wittily explained. Choupette, Karl’s adored cat, wasn’t forgotten; Cara Delevingne read, in a fluffy pale pink dress, a poem about cats by the French Colette. Pharrell Williams sang, Lang Lang played the piano and tango dancers performed a tribute to Lagerfeld who once said that Tango was his Rap music.
Dior creative director Maria Grazia Chiuri, filmmaker Baz Luhrmann and several people who had worked with the prolific designer spoke on video at the star-studded memorial event. The big screens also showed parts of interviews with Lagerfeld, beginning with the Kaiser interviewing himself and ending in the best possible way; with a blooper moment of Lagerfeld not being able to speak for a television program and laughing his head off at himself.
Among the many elegant attendees, the best dressed were Caroline of Monaco, the life-long muse and friend of the legendary designer, and her daughter Charlotte Casiraghi who looked stunning, both in Chanel from head to toe.
Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour wore an elegant off white outfit while Stella McCartney looked über-chic in a black long sleeve dress and a veil. Carla Bruni, elegant as always, paired a black smoking jacket and pants with a crisp white shirt.
The German supermodel Claudia Schiffer, muse and face of Chanel for many years, was present in an ’80s look and model Gigi Hadid came in a lady-like black belted skirt suit and gold chain necklaces.
I bet the Kaiser would have loved this beautiful homage!