The fashion world lost one of its most-celebrated, iconic designers earlier this year. He served as Creative Director for Chanel and Fendi and helmed his own label, Karl Lagerfeld. The two fashion powerhouses have come together and will be putting together a memorial for Karl Lagerfeld in Paris during Paris Men’s Fashion Week next month. “Karl For Ever” will be staged at the Grand Palais on the evening of June 20 and will be the first public memorial of the designer’s death.
Orchestrated by opera director Robert Carsen, the event will pay homage to the visionary designer in the form of video footage which will be played on three big screens in the main hall of Grand Palais. Interviews with his collaborators in fashion, art and culture will also be on display, which were shot in front of Lagerfeld’s impressive library of more than 300,000 books.
“It will be a very powerful moment, a collective celebration of his persona,” Bruno Pavlovsky, Chanel’s president of fashion said. “The memorial will be about Karl only: who he was, what he loved, what gave him his exceptional energy. I am glad we could join forces with Fendi and Karl Lagerfeld to create together an exceptional event that measures up to him, a tribute that truly celebrates the things he loved and that inspired him,” he concluded.
Since his death, his final collection for Chanel was showcased at Paris Fashion Week and featured an appearance from Penélope Cruz.
Lagerfeld had never wanted a public funeral and was instead cremated during a private ceremony in Nanterre, France. The memorial will be an invite-only event for around 2500 guests. Wishing we were in Paris for this iconic event.