Today is a sad day for the world of fashion – the loss of a true powerhouse in the industry. Karl not only shaped Chanel into what it is today – a brand that was on the verge of becoming stale, riding on the coattails of the highly revered Coco/Gabrielle, to the epitome of classic, cool French girl. Timeless with just the right amount of edge and whimsy.
He even created the so-called “Classic Flap” as we know it today. Coco / Gabrielle had created the Reissue, with the famous mademoiselle lock, but the double CC logo, and its incarnation as a turnlock, was the invention of Karl.
My personal love affair with Chanel started with its nail polish, but I was quickly enamored with this sparkling, glittery *iridescent* Classic Flap that Karl gifted to Blake Lively at the opening of the Soho boutique circa 2010.
From that moment, I was hooked. All things iridescent and hologram are considered a trend of the moment, but not when done right. Not when done as elegantly and beautiful as Karl did.
P.S. If you are interested in reading more on Karl Lagerfeld’s life and true impact on fashion and the industry as we know it, please read Karl Lagerfeld, Designer Who Designed Luxury Fashion, Dies at 85, written by Vanessa Friedman and published today by the NY Times.