- Birthday10th Sep, 33
- Birth PlaceGermany
- Marital status
Karl Lagerfeld can be best described as the creative power who revived one of the most prominent brands in fashion, the House of Chanel, turning it into a multimillion-dollar churning enterprise. Born in Hamburg, Karl moved to Paris at the age of 14 and, three years later, a coat design competition earned him a job with Pierre Balmain. After working successfully for a number of top fashion houses in Paris, Karl made his way to Italy. Here, furthered his education before making his way back to the world of fashion and working for some of the most well-known labels in the 70s that included powerhouses Fendi and Chloe. Karl made his career-defining move to Chanel in 1983.
His designs for the super-chic fashion house propelled the label to the pinnacle of highest strata of fashion in the 80s and the 90s. By 1997, Vogue Magazine had crowned him the ‘unparalleled interpreter of the mood of the moment’. Although he continued to design for Chanel, Lagerfeld launched his own label in 1984 that offered what he termed ‘intellectual sexiness’, with bright colors and softly shaped knitwear.
The Renaissance man that Karl is, he also has a range of other interests, including languages and he can fluently speak German, English, French and Italian and has even expressed a desire to learn Spanish. The person who describes himself as an ‘intelligent opportunistic’ and ‘professional dilettante’ simply loves photography and has shot many of the Chanel campaigns himself including a series of nude portraits, starring South African model David Miller.
Beauty is also submitted to the taste of time, so a beautiful woman from the Belle Epoch is not exactly the perfect beauty of today, so beauty is something that changes with time.
“The iPod completely changed the way people approach music.”
“Don’t sacrifice yourself too much, because if you sacrifice too much there’s nothing else you can give and nobody will care for you.”
“We live in a dark and romantic and quite tragic world.”
Don't look to the approval of others for your mental stability”
“The only love that I really believe in is a mother’s love for her children.”
A respectable appearance is sufficient to make people more interested in your soul”
One is never over-dressed or underdressed with a Little Black Dress.”
“Forgiveness is too easy. I can forget by indifference, but not forgive. I prefer revenge.”
“Books are a hard-bound drug with no danger of an overdose. I am the happy victim of books.”
“I love classic beauty. It’s an idea of beauty with no standard.”
Dieting is the only game where you win when you lose!”
“Sweatpants are a sign of defeat. You lost control of your life so you bought some sweatpants.”
Books are a hard-bound drug with no danger of an overdose. I am the happy victim of books.”
“Music gives color to the air of the moment.”
“You cannot fake chic but you can be chic and fake fur”
Did you know?
- Karl Lagerfeld has designed outfits for 'Madonna' and 'Kylie Minogue'.
- Lagerfeld owns more than hundred iPods.
- Once Lagerfeld lost around 42 kg in exactly thirteen months.
- Karl Lagerfield has never got an haircut, because he is too afraid it won’t grow again.
- Karl owns hundreds of iPods but he doesn't use a computer and corresponds by fax.
- He loves to write. He once said, " I hate to be without paper and pencil in hand."
Family & relationships
The 3,800 sq. ft. Greek Revival-style brick house dates back to 1850. Amenities include a small apple orchard, a couple of pear trees, a paneled library and an awesome view of the nearby lake. Lagerfeld paid just over $500,000 to acquire it.
Grand Isle in Vermont
Ever since Karl arrived in Paris from his native Hamburg, he has lived in more than 20 residences before finally settling in this plush apartment that is a symbol of luxury and opulence.
Karl Lagerfeld's deluxe apartment
Fashion designer's apartment
New York Apartment
Karl Lagerfeld finally managed to sell off his high end apartment on January 2013. Karl’s home was purchased by investment banker Sebastian Barrack for a reported price tag of $4.5 million. The Chanel designer had first put up the apartment for sale on 2011 and was expecting at least $6.5 million out of the transaction. But the depressed economic environment meant there were no takers for such a high value property and no one came forward to acquire it. This forced Lagerfeld to accept a loss of over $2 million and sell off the home at a considerable loss. Incidentally, Karl had acquired the apartment in 2006 after paying $6.75 million. Interestingly, the house was vacant all these years since Karl never moved in after purchasing it. Poor natural lighting has been listed as one of the drawbacks of the house and property experts reckon the monthly maintenance tab to be somewhere near to the $7,500 mark.
Location: The apartment is situated on the upmarket Gramercy Park neighborhood of New York City.
Accommodation: The apartment possesses 2,200 square feet of total living space and contains three bedrooms, living room, dining area, a chef’s kitchen equipped with high end electronic appliances and a bathroom. An entry foyer leads the way to the home which offers fantastic views of New York City.
Features: The house sports a minimalist décor and is largely devoid of furnishings. Most of its walls had been given a white paint job. The bedrooms feature hardwood flooring and the kitchen boasts of cherry wood paneling. The bathroom has been equipped with a separate shower, a big soaking tub and a double vanity sink. The apartment offers exclusive access to one of the last remaining private parks in New York.
Neighborhood: Hollywood actress Julia Roberts owns a penthouse in Karl’s neighborhood.
The master bath
The kitchen hall
The master bedroom
Karl Lagerfeld loves books. In fact, the designer has collaborated with Geza Schön, a perfumer from Berlin, to create a scent directly inspired by the smell of ink on paper. The fragrance called Paper Passion, is said to come in a package resembling a hardcover book.
The fashion bigwig owns this classy set of wheels which costs a million dollars more than a regular Maybach. The quasi-convertible Landaulet boasts an opulent cabin, under which a current of colossal power flows.
Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupe
The Drophead Coupé is a casual interpretation of the classic 1930s Rolls-Royce design. The man who is known to reinvent himself and a slew of fashion houses finally has a match as formidable as himself.
St. Tropez’ is located in the southeastern France on the French Riviera, and it is known today for its famous and extremely wealthy summertime guests. Karl is one of them as St. Tropez’ is one of his favorite destinations
Karl Lagerfield has lent his support to the The Save Japan! Project. He along with many other celebrities, like Lady Gaga and Gwyneth Paltrow, have contributed sketches and personal notes of support that will feature on a line of ten t-shirts that will benefit the Japanese Red Cross to aid in recovering from the Great East Japan Earthquake.
Karl Lagerfeld owns a white furry kitten "Choupette" which he has bought recently. The one-year old cat has three maids at her service always, and she travels with Karl on his private jet.
The fashion mogul tweeted the picture of the kitten sitting quietly in his bathroom.
Karl Lagerfeld Steiff Teddy Bear
Karl Lagerfeld collaborated with the well-known toy making company Steiff to make a Karl Lagerfeld Steiff Teddy Bear for the latter’s 125th anniversary. The collaboration came up with a limited number of teddy bear i.e. only 2500 pieces.The price of the teddy is $2,080
Karl Lagerfeld Steiff Teddy Bear
Karl Lagerfeld Steiff Teddy Bear
Karl Lagerfeld and Lady Gaga, who were spotted with a white gold ipad. Karl took a picture of green hair Gaga form the Gold iPad
Most expensive safe
Karl Lagerfeld has partnered with German luxury safe maker Döttling to create the ultimate safe to keep your designer possessions. Karl will be keeping the first model of the range. The bespoke safe titled “Narcissus,” stands six-feet tall and less than a foot deep with stainless steel body, sheathed in high-gloss chrome-plated aluminum for an invincible build.
Louis Vuitton custom trunk
Karl is known for his love for bespoke trunks. His collection features a custom Louis Vuitton iPod carrying case that is designed to hold his collection of 20 iPods, one charger, JBL iPod speakers and a subwoofer. The LV monogram have Lagerfeld’s initials inscribed near the handle and, the trunk is made in trademark Taiga black leather with a microfiber interior.
Everything around this dynamic designer reflects class and elegance. Even his gadgets include the classiest ones available in the form of Apple products.