Until yesterday morning, I had no clue that I would be now sitting here and having changed my idea of this post completely. The reason for the change (if it is not completely obvious) the tragic death of the fashion icon Karl Lagerfeld. I mean, this blog is mostly fashion orientated and just an Instagram post simply has not enough characters to express everything I wanna say.
“Sweatpants are a sign of defeat. You lost control of your life, so you bought some sweatpants.”- Karl Lagerfeld.
When I saw this quote first, I was very young probably around 12 years old. By that age I started to develop a fascination for fashion, especially for runway creations. I guess I started to figure out who I am and what actually my style was. However, when I read that quote, I swore to myself that I will never wear sweatpants. I banned every item out of my wardrobe that was even close to be sweatpants. I became a bit obsessed with this quote, I felt like I had it to tell it to everyone around me who wore sweatpants- sorry to everyone who was offended by my 12-year-old self.
To be honest, no quote or statement had ever such a big influence on myself and the way I see fashion.
Until today, these simple words always pop into my mind when I think about sweatpants.
(Please do not feel offended by that- sweatpants can look great, they are just not for me.)
Furthermore, Karl was an icon by himself. He was so unique, I bet everyone who met him never forgot about his appearance. He gave us the iconic 90’s Chanel collections, transformed palace Elysee always into a true work of art- everyone was always looking forward for his Chanel show.
He kept Coco’s legacy and transformed Chanel from a traditional French fashion brand into a global brand. He built up his own label, and his cat is probably more popular than several influencers on this planet. He picked more “unusual” faces for Chanel: women, who were independent and had a rebellious vibe in themselves like Lily Allen or Cara Delevigne.
He was (and will forever be) a gig inspiration, one of the personalities who devoted their life to fashion. I do not know what to say more apart from the fact that I have never seen so many remembrance posts over my Instagram feed, by everyone from anywhere.
Fashion unites, and moreover his legacy unites the world of fashion.
I know, the world of fashion won’t be the exact same without him, but what he left will always shine like a warm ray of sunshine.
Merci beaucoup Karl.