On February 19, 2019, the fashion world received devastating news that an icon had passed away — Karl Lagerfeld. During his time here, Lagerfeld was known as the creative director for the Chanel fashion house, the Fendi fashion house, and his own notorious fashion label.
Close friend of Lagerfeld and Editor in Chief of Vogue magazine, Anna Wintour wrote a special letter to Karl for Vogue’s April 2019 issue. Wintour wrote this excerpt in her letter (source: Vogue.com):
We were often in touch, but Karl prized his solitude and working hours, which would regularly run to 2:00 or 3:00 a.m. He was not a morning person. He loved parties and could be counted on to rise to any social occasion, often with a startling display of unexpected skills. I can recall one evening, many years ago, when Karl neatly rolled up the exquisite carpet from the Salon de la Paix, pulled the dauntingly debonair Oscar de la Renta onto the floor, and danced a perfect tango in the classic style. Karl and I kept a standing dinner date in Paris on the first Sunday of every Fashion Week, often joined by our great friend Amanda Harlech, but we never spoke of our work during those evenings. He was witty and winsome, and seemed to have an endless supply of risqué jokes—in other words, the world’s best dinner companion. The hours I spent with him at the table make me feel luckier than any stroke of fortune I’ve had at my editing desk.
Lagerfeld and Wintour were spotted at many fashion shows and Fashion Weeks all over the world. As key playmakers in the fashion world, the pair were known as an inseparable team. Best known for his late 1980 to early 2000’s Chanel designs, Karl consistently moved the needle for Chanel as a top trendsetting brand.
Karl will forever be remembered for his iconic contributions to the fashion world but also as a great friend to Anna Wintour and many others.