Karl Lagerfeld did not merely have a golden age but, a golden lifetime
Karl Lagerfeld, the Godfather of Chanel, Chloé and Fendi Fashion Houses dies at the age of 85, on February 19, 2019, leaving behind a Fortune of over $300 Million.
Born in Germany, in 1933, Lagerfeld continued his studies in Hamburg, Germany at the Haute Couture School of Fashion Design. He continued to walk on the Fashion road on his own with his parent’s approval, even when they shifted to Paris. As a child, he showed great interest in visuals and sketches which he transformed into his career.
Karl Lagerfeld did not feel the need to have a family. Although, he did have a Grandson, Hudson Kroenig, who was seen in Fashion shows and shoots alongside Lagerfeld. He was associated with the French Aristocrat model, Jacques de Bascher for 18 years, but Karl said, they were never involved sexually.Karl forever stood firm on his quote, “I have no Human Feelings.”But as highlighted in a number of interviews, he referred to Jacques as a naughty boy and had accepted that he thought Jacques was very charming. The only time that Lagerfeld was close to getting hitched was when he publicly stated that he would marry his pampered Birman, Choupette, if it were legal, according to The Mirror.
Lagerfeld started his journey in the early 1950s after entering into a Coat Designing Competition and winning it. He was soon hired by Pierre Balmain and worked as his apprentice for 3 years. Karl Lagerfeld soon crafted masterpieces for brands like Valentino and Chloé.
Later, he earned International fame for his work in Fendi and House of Chanel. He is the man behind the “interlock CC” of Coco Chanel. He had a huge deal for his custom Bags as well. Creating his premium bags under his own label while playing with different fabrics and colours earned him a great time.
Lagerfeld lived with the view that “Luxury bags make your life more pleasant, make you dream, give you confidence, and show your neighbours you are doing well.”
The controversies in his lifetime did not affect his fame. He was a part of a controversy with PETA for issuing a derogatory statement on his use of Fur. Spokespersons for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) called Lagerfeld “a fashion dinosaur who is as out of step as his furs are out of style!” and “particularly delusional with his kill-or-be-killed mentality.”
There was also much controversy for his use of a composition from The Quran, for which an apology was issued later. Yet the rule of Lagerfeld stood strong in the world of fashion.
Apart from Fashion, Lagerfeld had a profound interest in Photography. He has also given his voice for the animated movie ‘Totally Spies! The Movie’ and has directed a short film on Chanel.
Karl has left his impressive legacy which will be cherished for forever. After his death, questions have been raised as to who is the owner of his assets? No wife, husband or child, so who is the heir? There has been only one realistic answer, the news is that Choupette, daddy Karl Lagerfeld’s dearest cat, is the only plausible heiress to his treasure trove. But, in other news, Lagerfeld’s Godson, Hudson and Choupette may become the joint holders of his multibillionaire worth.
Loved, or not?
There has been a lot of debate on whether Lagerfeld was really a true saint or was he just put on a pedestal. Celebrities from the Indian Cinema like Sonam Kapoor to the International sensation, Rihanna, almost everybody is and will continue to remain fond of him. But Jamila Jameel took to Twitter recently and spoke out against Lagerfeld.
There has been news in the past about Lagerfeld being referred to as “Fat-phobic” evident from his episode of body shaming English singer Adele, and he has also been tagged as “Racist” and “Misogynist.”
In her tweet, she says, “I’m glad somebody said it. Even if it is a little soon. A ruthless, fat-phobic misogynist shouldn’t be posted all over the internet as a saint gone-too-soon. Talented for sure, but not the best person.” She also shared a link from Wear your Voice Magazine to support her statement.
Apart from this, Karl Lagerfeld has been criticized for his remark on #MeToo Movement when he stated, “If you don’t want your pants pulled about, don’t become a model.”
According to The People, Karl Lagerfeld left instructions for his employees as to how he wants to be remembered. It was reported that Lagerfeld did not want a funeral. Supporting this, in an interview with The Cut, when asked about death, he says,
“I think it’s like a sleep where you don’t wake up. You don’t remember before, you don’t remember after. The only thing is I don’t want to be seen dead, huh? So anyway, over, over. The batter is finished, huh, puft.”