Claudia Schiffer, Anna Wintour and Gigi Hadid were among more than 1,000 guests to attend a star-studded memorial for the late Karl Lagerfeld in Paris on Thursday.
Organized jointly by Chanel, Fendi and the designer’s eponymous label, the 90-minute “Karl For Ever” tribute was a fittingly grandiose spectacle to commemorate the life and achievements of the prolific designer, who died in February.
The Grand Palais pictured ahead of Thursday’s “Karl For Ever” tribute. Credit: Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images
Held at Paris’ Grand Palais, a venue that Lagerfeld regularly transformed into elaborate sets for his celebrated shows, the memorial attracted many of the world’s best-known designers models and label bosses. The presence of stars from beyond the fashion world — from France’s first lady Brigitte Macron to racing driver Lewis Hamilton — spoke to the breadth of a seven-decade career that spanned photography, art and design.
Guests sat on black-and-white chairs, arranged like a chessboard beneath monochrome portraits of Lagerfeld. Tilda Swinton, Helen Mirren and Cara Delevingne were among those to deliver readings, while musical performances came from Pharrell Williams and the Chinese pianist Lang Lang.
Tilda Swinton, one of a number of stars to perform, reads a passage from Virginia Woolf’s novel “Orlando: A Biography.” Credit: Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images
A moving on-screen homage saw dozens of renowned figures, including Dior creative director Maria Grazia Chiuri, filmmaker Baz Luhrmann and even Lagerfeld’s famous feline, Choupette, paying tribute to the German designer and his legacy. Proceedings were narrated by Lagerfeld himself, with the help of edited clips from archive interviews.
Remembering Karl Lagerfeld
“His creative genius was breathtaking and to be his friend was an exceptional gift,” said Vogue’s editor-in-chief Anna Wintour in a statement at the time of his death. “Karl was brilliant, he was wicked, he was funny, he was generous beyond measure, and he was deeply kind.”
Guests were treated to a live perfromance by Pharrell Williams. Credit: Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images