Karl For Ever

A perfect memorial for one of the greatest icons in fashion, ‘Karl for Ever’ was held in Paris, last 20th June.

More than 2000 guests present at the Grand Palais to attend ‘Karl for Ever’, a celebration for the life of Karl Lagerfeld. The Grand Palais is obviously the perfect venue to commemorate the designer as he once tuned the place into a beach, a supermarket, a forest and even a gigantic cruise ships for his Chanel shows.

The houses of Chanel, Fendi (LVMH) and Karl Lagerfeld all came together to pay tribute to the iconic designer that passed away last February in Paris and it was truly a moment for the fashion industry. The opera and theater designer Robert Carson designed directed and staged this joyous occasion with three huge screens strung across the vast venue and 56 monumental portraits of the designer taken throughout his life by some of the most famous photographers. In 90 minutes course, all the attendees made feel as though Lagerfeld was in the room, with the help of archive footage and intimate testimonials from his closest friends.

The evening also featured performances by talented actors, musicians and dancers who interpreted some of the music and literature that Lagerfeld loved so much. Tilda Swinton dressed in tweed peplum jacket and bloomers recited an extract from Virginia Woolf’s “Orlando,” one of Lagerfeld’s favorite words meanwhile Cara Delevingne took the stage to recite a poem about cats by the French writer, Colette while the designer’s beloved cat, Choupette shown on the screen. Dame Helen Mirren also shared excerpts from “The World According to Karl: The Wit and Wisdom of Karl Lagerfeld,” a book of quotes by the designer that is published back in 2013, alongside the violinist Charlie Siem who played Paganini, one od the favorite composers of Karl Lagerfeld’s mother Elizabeth. The celebrated pianist Lang Lang played Chopin on the grand piano designed by Karl Lagerfeld for the 150th anniversary of Steinway. At the end of the night, Pharell Williams took the stage and invite the audience to their feet while he sang ‘Gust of Wind’.