Talking about Karl after
To continue our topic about Karl Lagerfeld, we passed by a cool article on The Business of Fashion website and would like to share the most touching words said about him after his death.
During his career, Lagerfeld was accused of being fatphobic, Islamophobic, of opposing the Me Too movement and being racist. Maybe he wasn't the most pleasant or was too honest person to talk to, but he was a real genius and so many people loved him.
Claudia Schiffer, model “Karl was my magic dust, he transformed me from a shy German girl into a supermodel. He taught me about fashion, style and survival in the fashion business. What Warhol was to art, he was to fashion; he is irreplaceable. He is the only person who could make black and white colourful. I will be eternally grateful to him.”
Anna Wintour, editor-in-chief at American Vogue “Today the world lost a giant among men. Karl was so much more than our greatest and most prolific designer — his creative genius was breathtaking and to be his friend was an exceptional gift. Karl was brilliant, he was wicked, he was funny, he was generous beyond measure, and he was deeply kind. I will miss him so very much.”
Victoire de Castellane, creative director of Dior Joaillerie "I spent 14 years working with Karl Lagerfeld, he taught me everything about the business. He taught me to be serious about work without taking myself seriously. I am immensely grateful to Karl and am very sad to see him go."
Renzo Rosso, president of OTB and founder of Diesel "Talking with Karl was like an adrenaline shot. A strong, intelligent, brave visionary who never stopped pushing limits and conventions. I met him for the first time in 1999 and had the privilege to work with him on what would become one of the first collabs ever, Lagerfeld Gallery by Diesel. That was Karl: he could only do things before the others. He will be missed but he will continue to inspire us and all the generations to come."
Michael Kors, chief creative officer of Michael Kors “Karl was a man ahead of his time. Always thinking about what was next and what was new. His work ethic and focus were an inspiration for many generations and will continue to be for many generations to come. The fashion world without him is almost unimaginable and his talent, energy and quick-witted mind will be sorely missed.”
Liu Wen, model and Chanel brand ambassador "I still remember getting emotional when I first wore one of his designs in 2008. Like a shooting star, Karl left behind an era of beauty. Everyone ages, but style is eternal."
Lagerfeld once said: "If you ask me what I’d most like to have invented in fashion, I’d say the white shirt. For me, the white shirt is the basis of everything. Everything else comes after."