Karl For Ever - Highlights From Karl Lagerfeld's Memorial Show

Karl Lagerfeld wanted to slip out of this world as quietly as possible and wanted no fuss made of his funeral. These wishes were respected. Yet it just seemed impossible not to acknowledge his passing in some way. If anything, it was an opportunity for all his friends and colleagues to come together and talk about him.

A funeral? I’d rather die.
— Karl Lagerfeld

The time came to celebrate his life in the most joyful and fulfilling way. This wasn’t a memorial service, it was a memorial show. It wasn’t the usual solemn occasion you expect from a memorial service. This just wouldn’t have fitted with the person that Karl Lagerfeld was. Karl For Ever was about celebrating the good times of this legendary fashion designer, at the Grand Palais in Paris, the iconic venue which Lagerfeld transformed many times for his Chanel shows since 2005. The event was organised by the houses of Chanel, Fendi and Karl Lagerfeld.

This was most certainly a moment when the fashion industry came together to mutually and respectively honour a fashion idol and friend. The hall of the Grand Palais displayed portraits of Lagerfeld of which people were in awe as they entered the venue.

Orchestrated by Canadian theatre and opera director Robert Carsen, the show included video footage of Lagerfeld and his collaborators as well as much loved dance, music and theatre performances adored by the designer. It featured performances by Pharrell Williams, Lang Lang, Dame Helen Mirren, Charlie Siem, Tilda Swinton, Cara Delevingne, Charles “Lil Buck” Riley and Fanny Ardant. A very moving testimony to Karl was given by Virginie Viard, who worked alongside Lagerfeld for three decades and succeeded him as Chanel’s new artistic director.

Watch highlights from Karl Lagerfeld’s memorial show below: