Monday, March 15, 2010
RAQUEL Karl Lagerfeld.
Karl Lagerfeld moved to Paris at the age of 14 and, by 17, thanks to a coat design competition, had won a job with Pierre Balmain.
A stint working for Jean Patou, in 1958, provided the young Karl with valuable couture experience and, within a year, he was successfully working for a number of top Paris fashion houses. However, having become disillusioned with Paris fashion, he moved to Italy to further his fashion education.
He joined Fendi and, during the 1970s, he worked with Chloe. His 1972 Deco collection attracted worldwide acclaim and, by 1983, he had moved to Chanel.
Lagerfeld went on to launch his own label, offering what he termed “intellectual sexiness", with bright colours and softly shaped knitwear.
While still working for Chanel, his achievements were many, including the box jacket with denim mini skirts, in 1991, and black fishnet body-stockings with Chanel branding over the breasts.
Part of my business in fashion...is not to look the way the things are but to make believe what it should or could be. -- Karl Lagerfeld