We are just over 3 months away from the most important and glamorous event in the fashion world and beyond, the Met Gala 2023.
Earlier in the day yesterday, the Costume Institute unveiled that co-chairing Anna Wintour at the event to be held on the first Monday of May and opening this season’s show will also be Penelope Cruz and Dua Lipa, rounding out the quartet composed of actress Michaela Coel and His Majesty Roger Federer.
This year’s Costume Institute exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum in New York will be dedicated to the immortal Karl Lagerfeld, one of the most important, visionary and decisive designers of all time.
The retrospective will be titled Karl Lagerfeld: A Line of Beauty and will be a journey through the career of the designer whose unique vision contributed to the history of the maisons he worked for, above all Chanel and Fendi.
I take my cue from this news and, a month away from the 4th year since the German designer’s passing, try to tell you about Karl Lagerfeld’s personal, peculiar and inimitable style.
If there is one character of our contemporary times that anyone, or almost anyone, could recognize through solely his look and aesthetic, it is certainly the “Kaiser”.
Lagerfeld was one with his style, expressing his personality. His signature and defining elements remained the same for years but, just as his vision and work evolved along with the totality of his look.
The image that has rightfully entered the collective imagination is certainly that of the legendary ponytail she has been wearing since 1976. First characterized by a raven black and then by an almost immaterial white, made so by the daily and manic use of Klorane dry shampoo.
Another essential element of Lagerfeld’s look is the ever-present white shirt with a high, super starched collar that the German designer used to commission from the tailors at Jermyn Street, Hilditch & Key in central London-he apparently had more than 1,000 of them in his closet.
Accessories also play a key role: the ties, the black sunglasses characterized by a very thick frame, and the ever-present gothic-flavored jewelry made ada hoc by Chrome Hearts or those with a vintage aesthetic from Lydia Courteille’s Parisian jewelry store.
About himself Karl Lageferld described himself as follows in an interview with the Observer in 2007: “I am a caricature of myself, and I like it. It’s like a mask. For me, the Venice Carnival lasts the whole year”.