Karl Lagerfeld, Chanel’s Iconic Creative Director, Was the Brand’s ‘Modern Era Personified’

The late designer forever changed what it meant to be a legacy fashion house

Lagerfeld played an instrumental role in shaping the fashion industry at large today, proving that new designers can reinvigorate a heritage fashion house. Getty Images
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Thirty-six years is a long time in any job, let alone at the helm of a major fashion house—particularly one that doesn’t bear your name. But Karl Lagerfeld wasn’t your average designer.

@dianapearl_ diana.pearl@adweek.com Diana is the deputy brands editor at Adweek and managing editor of Brandweek.