More details about Karl Lagerfeld’s memorial have been revealed.
“Karl For Ever” has been organised by Chanel, Fendi and his namesake label Karl Lagerfeld, and has been produced and curated by theatre and opera director Robert Carsen.
The 90-minute celebration will involve live performances from various celebrities who loved Lagerfeld, including Pharrell Williams, Tilda Swinton, Helen Mirren and Cara Delevingne. The Grand Palais in Paris will be decorated with 56 towering portraits of the iconic designer.
Tilda Swinton will read a an excerpt from Virginia Woolf’s Orlando. Swinton portrayed Orlando, who was Lagerfeld’s favourite character in fiction, in Sally Potter’s cult 1992 film.
“I wanted to celebrate him in the fullest way possible,” Carsen said in an interview, reports WWD.
He revealed that there will be a special video montage of various people from the fashion world paying their respects, including Maria Grazia Chiuri, Clare Waight Keller, Jonathan Anderson, Simon Porte Jacquemus, Gigi Hadid, Claudia Schiffer and Natalia Vodianova to name a few.
The 2,000 guests will be surrounded by images of the famous German designer from throughout his life, with clips from previous interviews narrating the proceedings from Lagerfeld himself.
Chinese concert pianist Lang Lang will perform at the ceremony on a special Steinway piano Lagerfeld designed himself to mark the 150th anniversary of the piano-maker.
There has been no public ceremony since the designer’s passing, as Lagerfeld didn’t want a public funeral. He was cremated during a private ceremony.
Original story 28/05/2019
The fashion world lost one of its most-celebrated designers at the start of this year when Karl Lagerfeld passed away in February. During his career, he served as creative director for two major fashion houses, Chanel and Fendi, as well as heading up his own namesake label, Karl Lagerfeld, and now, these three fashion brands will come together to celebrate his legacy through a special tribute, entitled “Karl For Ever”.