K.L. Edging Toward Retirement

Karl Lagerfeld

Karl Lagerfeld is reportedly set to retire following Chanel’s forthcoming show in Cuba next month (May16).

The fashion world loves gossip, and rumours having been swirling for months that former Yves Saint Laurent designer Hedi Slimane is set to replace the German couturier as head designer and creative director at Chanel. However, The New York Post’s Page Six now claims that Lagerfeld’s exit could be imminent.

“He’s really tired,” a Paris friend of Lagerfeld’s told the publication. “He’s not doing well and he’s ready to stop.”


Karl Lagerfeld


However, nothing has been confirmed by the fashion house itself, with a representative for Paris-based Lagerfeld declining to comment on the speculation.

Lagerfeld is due to show Chanel’s Cruise 2017 collection in Havana, Cuba, next month (03May16), with it being the first show the fashion house has showed in Latin America, following the restoration of relations between the island nation and the United States last year (15).

According to Chanel, the “cultural richness and opening up of Cuba” has long inspired Lagerfeld, and if his past collections are any indication, there will certainly be plenty of the country’s lively, colourful flavour injected into the clothing.


Karl Lagerfeld


Lagerfeld, now aged 82, is recognised around the world for his trademark white hair, black glasses, and high starched collars, and has previously claimed that he would never consider retirement.

“Why should I stop working?” he told VogueTV in 2012. “If I do, I’ll die and it’ll all be finished.”

Coco Chanel died in 1971 at 87 while still at the helm of the company. Lagerfeld took over in 1983, transforming it into a hugely influential and lucrative powerhouse. He is also the creative director at Italian fashion house Fendi and over the decades has collaborated with a variety of designers on fashion and art-related projects.