Karl Lagerfeld and Rihanna
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Rihanna, Katy Perry, Pharrell Williams & More Honor Fashion Visionary Karl Lagerfeld
Karl Lagerfeld, the oft wearer of sunglasses in and out of doors and a slicked-back pony that would eclipse that of even the most poised model on her way to a go-see, passed away last week, leaving us all in the wake of his tailored footsteps, at the age of 85.
Much like the classically simplistic and paradoxically show-stopping looks he creative directed for Chanel since 1983, the fashion icon had only a few requests for his remembrance post-earth: a single display of white roses in the largest window of the main Chanel store (with specifications on stem size and type of vase), a script for how employees should and should not respond to his loss ("it’s a hard time for all of us” made the cut) and, of course, no funeral, no pomp and circumstance, just a simple farewell (because who knows what people would show up wearing without his style and meticulous direction?).
Without question, Lagerfeld's love for fashion was as deeply intertwined to who he was as the tweed of a classic Chanel jacket. But what you may not know is that his love for music was just as strong as his love for fashion, as strong as the leather-and-chain combo attached to a vintage quilted lambskin Chanel bag (okay, I may have taken the analogy one step too far). This is evident, not only in the hottest hits compilation he released in partnership with Vogue, Les Musiques Que J'aime, but also in the certain “je ne sais quoi” he brought to his professional and personal relationships with celebrities who happen to be both musically and fashionably inclined. It’s present in the clothing he designed for Rihanna and Lady Gaga or the Jean-Roch music video he starred in with Snoop Dogg. In fact, Lagerfeld put his magic touch on many genres, from shooting an exclusive single cover for Florence + The Machine’s "Shake It Out," to directing the pontificator of happiness, Pharrell Williams, in a promo video for Chanel.
It’s no surprise then that when news of his passing was released from the Parisian fashion house that pop stars whose closets and artistry have benefited from the impact of Lagerfeld’s stylistic visions clamored to social media to pay tribute to the imaginative, forward-thinking purveyor of timeless aesthetics.
Pop's cupcake princess, Katy Perry, paid homage to his witty sense of humor and gorgeous heart of gold.
Kylie Minogue reflected on how she couldn’t get Lagerfeld’s ability to be unique, masterful, funny, generous out of her head.
The world’s best, baddest, well-dressed girl, Rihanna, paid tribute to her “Godfather” “KARL” in two Instagram posts.
Guitar-wielding, split jumping Franz Ferdinand frontman, Alex Kapranos, reminisced about the time Karl loaned the band his jet so they could make it to the gig on time.
Miley Cyrus paid tribute while reminding us to "do what pioneers like Karl would want us to do."
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Karl Lagerfeld You will never be forgotten ... & forever, you’ll be missed. In recent years, We have and will continue to lose so many legends .... time goes by and inevitably we lose the ones who paved the path before us to thrive . This changes everything .... we have to take responsibility , step in and step up..... we have to use more compassionate resources, we have to sustain, we have to get creative - make something new while honoring the hard work done for us ..... we have to do what pioneers like Karl would want us to do - make big impacts and change the world thru fashion! #NoFur #Sustainability #LoveOnly #NoShame #JustLove
Sheezus herself, Lily Allen, shared her gratitude and wrote that Karl, and Chanel, had made her feel like a princess.
J Balvin shared a photo of himself with Karl and Pharrell making prayer hands with the caption "Descansa en paz leyenda Karl Lagerfeld: which translates to "Rest in Peace, Legend."
The ethereal human leader of the machines, Florence Welch, thanked him for everything.
Thank you for everything Karl x pic.twitter.com/UVY28s2K0b
— florence welch (@flo_tweet) February 19, 2019
Pharrell, who often wore Chanel on the GRAMMYs red carpet, shared a photo with the 'goat':
In a rose emoji embellished tribute, Cat Power shared how Karl’s love and friendship "swooped" her off her feet.
Disco diva Cher, tweeted about his wicked little sense of humor:
Sending Love KARL
YOU ARE AMAZING ARTIST,& SWEET MAN,With Wicked Little Sense Of Humor.
You Will Be Missed
— Cher (@cher) February 19, 2019
The much debated, never recreated, Courtney Love, talked about how weird the world would be without Karl.
Ciara, whose goodies I bet you want, thanked him for photographing her first high fashion shoot.
One of the coolest moments of my career was shooting my 1st high fashion shoot with you as the photographer. Every detail mattered to you. Thank you for the inspiration you’ve given us all. You will truly be missed. Rest In Peace Legend #KarlLagerfeld #Chanel pic.twitter.com/1aChmoWz9a
— Ciara (@ciara) February 19, 2019
Music's emblematic and transformative connection to fashion will always be clear (some would say as clear as the mother of pearl embellishing the sides of your oversized black early 2000s Chanel sunglasses, and I swear this is my last analogy...), and thanks to the direction and impact of designers like Lagerfeld, it always will be.