Karl Lagerfeld Presented with Highest French Honor at Couture Week

Karl Lagerfeld

It has become a tradition of sorts, a guessing game, what will Karl Lagerfeld recreate for Chanel this time around? From Greek ruins at his latest Resort collection, to a space rocket launch pad at last Couture, the sky really was the limit.

For Chanel’s Fall 2018 couture show Karl Lagerfeld paid homage to Paris’ most iconic landmark the Eiffel Tower inside the Grand Palais. The tip of the towering model disappearing into a cloud of specially created, well clouds….

 

Karl Lagerfeld

 

Once the models came down the runway in their authentically Coco Chanel styles, the pieces of the puzzle fit perfectly, this was an homage to the integrity of French fashion and the impact of Chanel on the industry.It turned out to be a celebration of Karl Lagerfeld himself who was presented with France’s highest honor, the Médaille Grand Vermeil de la Ville by the city’s Mayor. In her stirring and at times emotional speech Anne Hidalgo expressed,

 

To say that I was impressed is too weak a word… “Your imagination is boundless, and your ability to transport us into a different universe. You are a universal person,” she added, “but you are also someone who makes Paris more beautiful and more creative. You are a Parisian.” “I am a foreigner,” said Karl, pointedly, “and strangers see things through different eyes, with a detachment. Vive la France!” he added, “and above all,Vive Paris!

 

Karl Lagerfeld

 

German designer Karl Lagerfeld’s many years in the French fashion industry has made him a pillar of the community. Starting with his international Wool Secretariat Prize in 1954 along side Yves Saint Laurent, Karl went to work under Pierre Balmain, then couturier at Jean Patou before taking the helm at Chloe for over 3 decades.

This accolade comes on the heels of an October breakfast hosted by Paris’ Mayor in which she appealed to the fashion industry to help in improving tourism in the City of Love.