The legendary Karl Lagerfeld had his first fashion affair when he was hired as Pierre Balmain’s assistant after winning a design competition in 1955. Now Karl Lagerfeld’s six decades of work for labels like Fendi, Chloe, Lagerfeld and Chanel is incomparable to any other living fashion designer. Although he’s over 80, Lagerfeld is still a real workhorse where most days he works from dawn until late morning on designs for Chanel, Fendi and his own brand KARL. The image he has created of himself is just as much part of his marketing strategy as his self-deprecating statement, “My name is now no longer Lagerfeld, but Logofeld.” The master of reinvention, Karl has repeatedly transformed himself as well as his labels. Karl speaks several languages and owns 7L – a bookshop in Paris, on top of publishing books of his art photography.
As a photographer, he produced Visionaire 23: The Emperor’s New Clothes, a series of nude pictures of models and celebrities. He also personally photographed Mariah Carey for the cover of V magazine in 2005. In addition to his editorial work for Harper’s Bazaar, Numéro, and Russian and German editions of Vogue, Lagerfeld photographed advertising campaigns for the houses under his direction—Chanel, Fendi, and his own brand KARL LAGERFELD.
Karl Lagerfeld x Tokidoki
The limited edition handcrafted collection features 4 iconic baseball caps with the iconic yet playful cartoon-like illustrations known to Karl Lagerfeld x Tokidoki was produced by New Era, to revive the 59FIFTY caps, watches a mini Karl figurine and well, clothing of course!
Karl Lagerfeld x Melissa
Karl Lagerfeld for Melissa sees the designer in a light-hearted mood, adding his playful touch to Melissa’s sugar-sweet bubblegum-scented shoes along with larger than life photographs of Cara Delevingne taken by Karl Lagerfeld himself.
Karl Lagerfeld x Lest Ateliers Ruby
Probably the most fashion forward motorcycle helmet yet, the famous Pavillon helmet model is covered with black and white tweed, red wool embroidered with pearls or totally in black mink and white rex rabbit fur.
Karl Lagerfeld x Steiff
In 2008, he created a teddy bear in his likeness produced by Steiff in an edition of 2,500 that sold for $1,500 and has been immortalized in many forms, which include pins, shirts, dolls, and more. In 2009, TraTutti began selling Karl Lagermouse and Karl Lagerfelt, which are mini-Lagerfelds in the forms of mice and finger puppets, respectively.
Karl Lagerfeld x Barbie
Borrowing from Karl’s iconic silhouette, the Platinum label Barbie Lagerfeld wears a tailored black jacket, white high-collared men’s shirt with French cuffs and black satin cravat finished off with fitted black jeans featuring the iconic all-over head print. The exclusive doll is adorned in accessories that include black fingerless gloves, sunglasses, black ankle boots and a black leather purse with silver metallic accents. Only 999 pieces produced, Barbie Lagerfeld retailed for approximately $200 USD in 2014.
Karl Lagerfeld for Her
A vibrant new fragrance for her, Karl Lagerfeld for her is a vibrant green floral scent. It is is a fresh scent of citrus, fruit and flowers on a woody – musky mase. Karl Lagerfeld for Her thrives on contrasts, opening with a burst of fresh lemon and lime, which is enhanced by velvety peach, before flourishing into a full bouquet of roses, immaculate magnolias, and frangipani. The fragrance then takes a contemporary approach, with the addition of musks and dark, ambery woody notes in the base.