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Relive the magic of Karl Lagerfeld by watching Paris Cosmopolite, Chanel’s 2016/17 Metiers d’Art show

Relive the magic of Karl Lagerfeld by watching Paris Cosmopolite, Chanel’s 2016/17 Metiers d’Art show

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Karl Lagerfeld was one of the most influential fashion designers of all time; the Creative Director at Chanel, Fendi, and his prolific namesake label Karl Lagerfeld. Rarely seen without his dark glasses, silver ponytail or fingerless gloves, he gained the reputation as the most recognizable man in fashion. With a fifty year career, Lagerfeld became a fashion legend who will forever be known as a cornerstone of Chanel’s legacy. The designer was praised by the French brand for being a “prolific creative mind with endless imagination,” and for reinventing the brand created by founder Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel. Lagerfeld transformed Chanel into a global powerhouse after becoming creative director in 1983. 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.”

For Chanel’s Paris Cosmopolite collection, Karl Lagerfeld affirmed his attachment to Paris by choosing the Ritz Paris which he considered to be “the cosmopolitan spot par excellence.” Inspired by “the evening dresses that women used to wear to dine at the Ritz” according to Lagerfeld, this incredibly elegant Parisian collection was showcased on December 6th, 2016. Aside from the meticulously crafted clothing and the opulent setting, many familiar faces can be seen walking (and dancing) the runway including Cara Delevingne, Pharrell Williams, and Les Twins. The face of Chanel’s L’eau No.5 Lily-Rose Depp made her catwalk debut at the show, as did Lionel Richie’s youngest daughter Sofia Richie, and Lauryn Hill’s daughter Selah Marley. Willow Smith also performed before the show began.

Known for his cinematic fashion shows, Paris Cosmopolite is no exception. An example of the artistic vision of Karl Lagerfeld, it was one of the most magical fashion shows to not only grace Paris, but the world.

Watch the full film of Paris Cosmopolite 2016/17 Métiers d’Art show
Many who appeared in the show left touching tributes to honor the man who not only dressed them, but befriended and inspired them. Here are a few:

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Every time I try and write about this man, all i do is cry. He changed my life, he believed in me when so many others didn’t including myself. He also introduced me to some of the most important and special people in my life. He is a visionary, a genius but more than that…. a dear friend. Outside of fashion, he was one of the most interesting and caring men I have ever met. I am so lucky and grateful to have had him in my life, worked with him and been able to spend time with him…. Although now, I wish it had been more. His legacy will live on forever. I miss you more than I could ever try and describe. I wish I had been able to tell you how much you meant to me. I love you @karllagerfeld all I can say is thank for the bottom of my heart 💔💔💔

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Cher Karl, que dire pour exprimer à quel point vous allez nous manquer. The world will never know another force like you. My heart is so heavy today, but so full of gratitude for all that you have taught and done for me. Your kindness, humour, and loyalty will live on in the hearts of those who knew you and your genius will live on forever. I feel so lucky to have been able to work with you so closely, but even luckier to have known your heart and incredible spirit. I will hold every moment spent with you so dear. Words can’t express how much your belief in me has impacted every aspect of my life; it is a gift I could never thank you enough for. You truly made my dreams come true. Thinking of my Chanel family today and all those who knew and loved Karl ❤️ Karl, on vous aime. Merci, merci, merci. Vous êtes éternel.

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