Karl Lagerfeld’s fashionable mark left for centuries around the world


Megan Schneider

Karl Lagerfeld was a shining light in the field of fashion, designing for major labels like Chanel and Fendi. He was the creative director of Chanel and lived a life of luxury in Paris with his famous Burmese cat, Choupette. Lagerfeld died Tuesday, Feb. 19, at the age of 85.

Lagerfeld’s cat was unlike any other average feline. The cat is set to inherit a hefty chunk of change, his $300 million net worth, according to CBS News. An animal will now be the heir of his throne.

The German fashion designer, photographer, artist and caricaturist was well-known for his signature look. He often wore black sunglasses with his white hairstyle. According to Vogue, Lagerfeld was born on Sept. 10, 1933, in Hamburg, Germany. He was the son of Elisabeth and Otto Lagerfeld, who owned a condensed milk family business.

At the age of 14, he moved overseas to Paris. His early life consisted of drawing and studying history before he became a design assistant for Pierre Balmain. Design came naturally to him. The concept was quite simple when he mastered the art during his education at Lycée Montaigne, a secondary school in Paris.

His unique talent helped him at the beginning of his career. His strong work ethic led him to be employed with fellow fashion legends, Jean Patou and Valentino Garavani. Lagerfeld joined Fendi, an Italian luxury fashion house, in 1967.

His big ticket into the fashion world occurred when he joined Chanel in 1983. The brand’s founder, Coco Chanel, had perished a decade prior to Lagerfeld’s arrival. His entrepreneurial type of spirt led him to launch a brand of his own, the Karl Lagerfeld label.

The fashion icon was a breath of fresh air and was one of the most profound designers of the 21stcentury. His approach to fashion was utilizing breathable, chic and classic textures. Lagerfeld once said, “I design like I breathe. You don’t ask to breathe – it just happens.” His label emulates iconic and a “rock-chic” type of look.

The opening statement on his brand’s website home page states, “Thank you, Karl, with love forever, your team.” Those sweet and short words tell a tale of his contribution to fashion in the global sector. His impact on this world was prolific, yet iconic in nature.