Some of fashion’s largest stars and superstar enthusiasts paid a joyous tribute June 20 to the past due to terrific Karl Lagerfeld in the full-size Paris venue that witnessed his finest triumphs.
U.S. Singer Pharrell Williams, actresses Helen Mirren and Tilda Swinton, artist Jeff Koons, designers Valentino and Stella McCartney, fashions Claudia Schiffer and Gigi Hadid as well as Carla Bruni and Monica Bellucci all paid him homage at the Grand Palais in which Lagerfeld staged his surprising Chanel suggests.
It becomes quite a turnout for a man who declared that he’d “as a substitute die” than have a large sendoff.
The display they are known as “Karl For Ever” had all of the hallmarks of the large-finances productions that Lagerfeld cherished to stage in the Belle Epoque Grand Palais — stars, breathtaking set portions, and style in spades.
Vogue maven Anna Wintour began the tributes in front of the maximum powerful guy in style, LVMH proprietor Bernard Arnault, who gave Lagerfeld a task for life at Italian label Fendi.
The reclusive Alain Wertheimer, who co-owns Chanel with his brother Gerard, signed a similar “till dying do us component” agreement with the German, and it made him one of the richest guys in France.
He gave his first interview for the occasion, praising Lagerfeld’s mythical erudition. Filmed sitting in the front of the Kaiser’s great non-public library, he stated, “It isn’t always well worth speaking about the things that Karl Lagerfeld did not recognize.”
A procession of the clothier’s buddies, which include the woman who sorted his cat Choupette, now seemingly the richest pussycat within the international, had been shot towards the same backdrop reminiscing approximately the now and again waspish wit who died elderly eighty-five in February.
Their testimony on a massive video screen was intercut with stay readings, dance and musical performances from artists that Lagerfeld cherished.
French first lady Brigitte Macron, who Lagerfeld cherished for her lifestyle and acute experience of favor, become additionally among the guests, even as the version and actress Cara Delevingne played his preferred creature, a cat.
Swinton recited a passage from Virginia Woolf’s “Orlando” and the Chinese pianist Lang Lang played Chopin on a Steinway Lagerfeld designed.
The author had a specific weak point for tango, and the acclaimed Argentine troupe German Cornejo flew to Paris from Buenos Aires to perform what Lagerfeld name his “Latin rap.”
The American dancer Lil Buck gave the dying swan a street twist, combining high and avenue culture, some thing at which Lagerfeld changed into additionally professional, while Williams sang “Gust of Wind” backed by way of dancers.
But the display, as Lagerfeld might have desired, turned into extra approximate laughs than tears, with Mirren reading some of his acidly humorous “Karlisms” to the strains of Paganini played by means of British violinist Charlie Siem.
The French actress Fanny Ardant recited the Stephane Mallarme poem “The Fan”, a wink at the object Lagerfeld used as his conductor’s baton in addition to bat away smoke while he went to parties.
“I am very a whole lot right down to earth. Just not this earth,” because the aristocratic dandy with the curious common contact once said.