Karl Lagerfeld, the creative director of Chanel and who is a close friend of G-dragon, died today in Paris at the age of 85.
Karl Lagerfeld is one of the iconic fashion trendsetters worldwide. He was known as a legend in the fashion industry even in the 90’s. He started his fashion journey at the age of 22.
In K-pop, Karl Lagerfeld has always been a close friend of Bigbang’s G-dragon.
In 2015, Chanel tweeted a group photo of G-dragon, Karl Lagerfeld, along with the other renowned international artists Kristen Stewart, Julianne Moore, Lily Collins, and more.
“All the people you see here are friends. They all loved the idea” Karl Lagerfeld
Also, in 2016, Karl Lagerfeld personally took all the photos of G-Dragon for the 20th anniversary of Vogue.
Karl Lagerfeld taking a photo of G-Dragon for Vogue’s 20th anniversary.
During Chanel’s fashion shows, Karl Lagerfeld always sends YG Entertainment’s artist an invite to their private fashion shows.
G-Dragon always gets the front row seat whenever he’s attending Chanel’s fashion show in Paris.
Aside from G-Dragon, other artists who are also close to Karl Lagerfeld are Bigbang TOP and Taeyang, 2ne1’s CL and Korean actress, Park Shin Hye.
Chanel announced the sad news on their official Instagram account:
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It is with deep sadness that the House of CHANEL announces the passing of Karl Lagerfeld, the Creative Director for the CHANEL Fashion House since 1983. An extraordinary creative individual, Karl Lagerfeld reinvented the brand’s codes created by Gabrielle Chanel: the CHANEL jacket and suit, the little black dress, the precious tweeds, the two-tone shoes, the quilted handbags, the pearls and costume jewelry. Regarding Gabrielle Chanel, he said, “My job is not to do what she did, but what she would have done. The good thing about Chanel is it is an idea you can adapt to many things.” A prolific creative mind with endless imagination, Karl Lagerfeld explored many artistic horizons, including photography and short films. The House of CHANEL benefited from his talent for all the branding campaigns related to Fashion since 1987. Finally, one cannot refer to Karl Lagerfeld without mentioning his innate sense of repartee and self-mockery. Alain Wertheimer, CEO of CHANEL, said: “Thanks to his creative genius, generosity and exceptional intuition, Karl Lagerfeld was ahead of his time, which widely contributed to the House of CHANEL’s success throughout the world. Today, not only have I lost a friend, but we have all lost an extraordinary creative mind to whom I gave carte blanche in the early 1980s to reinvent the brand.” Bruno Pavlovsky, President of Fashion at CHANEL, said: “Fashion show after fashion show, collection after collection, Karl Lagerfeld left his mark on the legend of Gabrielle Chanel and the history of the House of CHANEL. He steadfastly promoted the talent and expertise of CHANEL’s ateliers and Métiers d’Art, allowing this exceptional know-how to shine throughout the world. The greatest tribute we can pay today is to continue to follow the path he traced by – to quote Karl – ‘continuing to embrace the present and invent the future’.” Virginie Viard, Director of CHANEL’s Fashion Creation Studio and Karl Lagerfeld’s closest collaborator for more than 30 years, has been entrusted by Alain Wertheimer with the creative work for the collections, so that the legacy of Gabrielle Chanel and Karl Lagerfeld can live on.