Karl Lagerfeld

Friday, July 22, 2011
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As a child growing up in Hamburg, Germany, Karl Lagerfeld knew big things were to come. After moving to Paris in the 1950s at age 14 to follow his fashion dreams, the already super-talented young Lagerfeld got his break when he won a design competition sponsored by the International Wool Association. From there, Lagerfeld spent time working as a designer at Balmain, Jean Patou and Valentino, where he wowed (and has been wowing ever since) his contemporaries and fashion fans alike. Lagerfeld has made a name for himself in the fashion world with his impeccable eye, unparalleled contemporary design style and extraordinary ability to branch out into a vast array of markets. Although he is know by his signature white ponytail, high-collared shirts and svelte frame that he flaunts after losing nearly 100 lbs in 2000, Lagerfeld’s design feats are what truly set household name apart from the wannabes. He was crowned the “unparalleled interpreter of the mood of the moment” by Vogue in 1997, and their take on the man behind it all still speaks the truth today. His resume includes remarkably successful runs as a designer with Fendi, Chloe, Chanel and his own eponymous label, and he has acted as the creative genius behind everything from haute couture collections to special-edition diet coke bottles. He recently added Tod’s footwear to his list of credentials, and designed a special collection in the spring of 2011 for the line that included accessories, shoes and clothing. As if that weren’t enough, the designer also has a flair for photography, is multi-lingual, owns a bookshop and publishing company in Paris and designed a special wallet-friendly collection for H&M. But perhaps his most impressive accomplishment yet came in 2008 when “Karl Lagerfeld” was added to the French dictionary. What can’t Mr. Lagerfeld do?!


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