Karl Lagerfeld - Forefront of Fashion

Born in 1938, Karl Lagerfeld is a famous fashion designer considered by most critics and consumers as one of Germany's most outstanding fashion experts. He belongs to a wealthy family in Hamburg, Germany, but it was in Paris where he studied fashion designing informally. His name came out of the news when he won the title "the Wool Secretariat" in 1954 for a piece of wool coat he himself designed.

Lagerfeld started working as a fashion designer in 1954 for Pierre Balmain. He ended his term there in 1957, and one year later he transferred to the House of Patou. He also worked as a freelance designer at Krizia. From the period of 1959 to 1978, he worked for Chloe, and it was during that time when he started designing delicate furs for the Fendi collection. Realizing that he can support his own needs as a fashion designer, he decided to establish his own company in 1975 under the name Parfums Lagerfeld.

From 1975 to 1978, he worked with supports coming all sides. But at the latter period of 1978, he started designing his own collection of fashion items independently. That venture lasted in 1982 however, when he decided to make designs for the House of Chanel. He mastered the art of haute couture, and with Gilles du Four helping him in realizing all his responsibilities, he was able to add the ready to wear garments of Chanel to his own fashion list.

Although Karl Lagerfeld continued his career with the House of Chanel, he was again able to establish his own lines of fashion items and accessories in 1984. He resumed his term with Chloe in 1992, but he again quit in 1997 when a new management took Chloe's house. It was Stella McCartney, Paul of Beatles' daughter, who took the new management. Recently, Lagerfeld is doing designs for three big fashion firms, including Chanel, Fendi, and his own label.

Speaking of designs, Karl Lagerfeld's line of fashion products and accessories are all noted for their dramatic and structural touches. The designs are crafted for women though, and most appear in black and white color. Two of the most notable lines he created are the Wunderbra and the Wundercorset, both were introduced in 1994.

Karl Lagerfeld, although he has made his name in the field of fashion, is also a known photographer. It was him who took his own press photos, and because of that the press named him as "Kaiser Karl". His trademarks present three catchy details: a long ponytail for his white hair, sunglasses, and a fan. Noted under his trademarks are two major products: the KL and Karl Lagerfeld couture.

Other Notable Facts: Karl Lagerfeld, in 1996, made a license to produce a line of lingerie and beachwear. He was working with Furstenberg, a German lingerie expert, but this partnership ended after making just a single season due to conflicts of opinions and interests. Recently, the company is dealing with Tommy Hilfiger in the creation and production of a small, affordable fashion line.


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