モードの皇帝 カール・ラガーフェルドが逝去、享年85歳

 ファッションデザイナーのカール・ラガーフェルド(Karl Lagerfeld)が現地時間2月19日、パリで逝去したとBBCなど複数の媒体が報じた。享年85歳。



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“Fashion and culture have lost a great inspiration.” Tribute to Karl Lagerfeld by Bernard Arnault, Chairman and CEO of LVMH: “With the passing of Karl Lagerfeld we have lost a creative genius who helped to make Paris the fashion capital of the world and Fendi one of the most innovative Italian houses. We owe him a great deal: his taste and talent were the most exceptional I have ever known. Artistic director of Jean Patou in 1959, creator of Fendi since 1965, member of the LVMH Prize jury since its creation in 2013, he honored the LVMH group with an extraordinarily stimulating creative and entrepreneurial friendship. I will always remember his immense imagination, his ability to conceive new trends for every season, his inexhaustible energy, the virtuosity of his drawings, his carefully guarded independence, his encyclopedic culture, and his unique wit and eloquence. The death of this dear friend deeply saddens me, my wife and my children. We loved and admired him deeply. Fashion and culture have lost a great inspiration.” _ “La mode et la culture perdent un grand inspirateur.” Hommage de Bernard Arnault à la suite de la disparition de Karl Lagerfeld. “Avec Karl Lagerfeld s’éteint un génie créatif qui a contribué à faire de Paris la capitale mondiale de la mode et de Fendi l’une des maisons italiennes les plus innovantes. Nous lui devons beaucoup : son goût et son talent étaient les plus exceptionnels qu’il m’ait été donné de connaître. Directeur artistique de Jean Patou en 1959, créateur de Fendi à partir de 1965, membre du jury du LVMH Prize depuis sa création en 2013, il a honoré le groupe LVMH d’une amitié créative et entrepreneuriale extraordinairement stimulante. Je retiens de lui son immense imagination, sa capacité à susciter chaque saison de nouvelles tendances, son énergie inépuisable, la virtuosité de ses dessins, son indépendance soigneusement gardée, sa culture encyclopédique, et la drôlerie des mots d’esprit dont il emporte le secret. Le décès de cet ami très cher m’attriste infiniment, ainsi que mon épouse et mes enfants. Nous l’aimions et l’admirions profondément. La mode et la culture perdent un grand inspirateur.“ #KarlLagerfeld #Fendi

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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.

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