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Long Live The King Image Credit: Harper's Bazaar Malaysia
Long Live The King Image Credit: Harper's Bazaar Malaysia

Long Live The King

In a tribute to the late designer, Amy Yasmine looks back on Karl Lagerfeld’s most glittering moments at both Chanel and Fendi—golden years, which forevermore encapsulates fashion’s most profound Renaissance man.

Amy Yasmine

At Chanel’s most recent Autumn/Winter ’19 show in Paris, a staccato voice boomed throughout the Grand Palais, its magical winter wonderland set juxtaposed a bittersweet atmosphere, struck in between the sobering afterthoughts of reality and the fantasy of beauty. “When I was offered it [the role at Chanel], people said, ‘Don’t take that, it’s hopeless, it’s over,’” the voice echoed, distinctively Lagerfeld with its Franco-Germanic-laced accent. “Because today, it’s all about the reanimation of the most absurd brands! But at the time, you didn’t do that. New names were needed. There was another world to build.”

How fitting, considering he had built his legacy on these magical worlds, ones that have served as respite to the harsh realities of life. He is, after all, fashion’s “greatest showman”, having masterminded magnificent spectacles that ran the gamut from whimsical to unimaginable; consider Fendi’s 2007 show staged at the Great Wall of China, a Chanel supermarket stocked with more than 100,000 “fake” Chanel household goods for Autumn/Winter ’14, to the maison’s Autumn/ Winter ’10 show, where a 265-tonne iceberg was own in directly from the Arctic. “Global warming is the issue of our times,” he said. “Fashion has to address it.”

Always with one eye on the past and another on the future, Lagerfeld’s

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