Not many designers have maintained relevance and longevity like Karl Lagerfeld. Since the prolific “Kaiser” passed away in February at the age of 85, the entire industry has been mourning the loss of the visionary designer, famed for having reinvented Chanel, where he remained for 36 years.
With Fendi, and the late designer’s eponymous brand, the French fashion house is hosting a memorial entitled “Karl For Ever” at the iconic Grand Palais in Paris—where he had long-hosted his grandiose Chanel shows since 2005— on June 20, during Paris Men’s Fashion Week, to honour his genius and heritage.
“I wanted something full of life”, said theatre and opera director Robert Carsen to WWD, referring to the memorial that’s set to commemorate Lagerfeld and will see 2,500 guests in attendance, invited to remember him with joy. Three screens will be showing footage of him and his teams, alongside different dance, music and theatre performances, based on the designer’s favourite artists and inspiration.
“The memorial will be about Karl only: who he was, what he loved, what gave him his exceptional energy,” added Bruno Pavlovsky, Chanel’s President of fashion.