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Karl Lagerfeld for Chanel

More than a mere tastemaker, Karl Lagerfeld devoted himself to the continual pursuit of chic. “My life and my job,” the designer once said, “is to forget myself.” From his first collection at Chanel — after joining the brand in the early 1980s — he injected the venerable house with a frisson of modernity. Vintage Karl Lagerfeld designs for Chanel handbags, evening dresses, coats, jewelry and other clothing and accessories riffed on its iconography — tweed skirt suits, pearls, camellias — accenting a lexicon of Chanel-isms with tastes of the moment.

During his five-decade career as a designer for Chanel, Fendi, Chloé and many others, Lagerfeld was a quintessential chameleon, ever evolving to embody the times. An outsize, instantly recognizable personality — his ponytail powdered like an 18th-century viscount, his eyes perpetually shielded by dark glasses, wearing fistfuls of chunky silver jewels — Lagerfeld was, above all, an avatar of style.

Born in Hamburg (in 1933, ’35, or ’38 by varying accounts), Karl Lagerfeld packed his bags for Paris in 1954. His design for a coat won him the International Wool Secretariat and landed him a job with the celebrated couturier Pierre Balmain. He went on to become the designer of Jean Patou, eventually realizing that his seemingly endless ideas could fuel a career as a designer-for-hire. As such, Lagerfeld lent his vision to everyone from Loewe and Max Mara to Krizia and Charles Jourdan, nimbly moving among a diverse range of styles. It was an unprecedented way of working in the days when freelance was still a dirty word. During the late ’60s and ’70s, he refashioned Chloé to reflect the free spirit of the day and, beginning in 1965, joined forces with the Fendi family, taking it from sleepy furrier to fashion’s haute-est stratum.

Because of his track record for reviving and reimagining brands that had grown stagnant, in 1984 Lagerfeld was handed the reins at Chanel, which had been gathering dust since its founder’s heyday. Lagerfeld’s collections for the brand displayed his knack for synthesizing old and new, high and low. From Watteau (Spring/Summer 1985 couture) and Serge Roche (Spring/Summer 1990 ready-to-wear) to hip-hop fly girls (Fall/Winter 1991 ready-to-wear), surfers (Spring/Summer 2003 ready-to-wear) and ancient Egypt (Pre-Fall 2019), Lagerfeld used each season’s inspiration to conceive Chanel’s signatures anew. And despite producing eight collections a year for Chanel, as well as four to five for Fendi, Lagerfeld never faltered in proposing new ideas each time he put pencil to paper.

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2004 Chanel by Karl Lagerfeld Baby Blue Quilted Leather Top Handle Mini Bag
By Karl Lagerfeld for Chanel, Chanel
Located in Philadelphia, PA
TheRealList presents: a mini baby blue quilted top handle Chanel bag, designed by Karl Lagerfeld. From 2004, this fabulous and classically Chanel bag prominently features a gold-tone...
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Early 2000s Karl Lagerfeld for Chanel

CHANEL bag in black calfskin leather with black glossy shearling, 2017.
By Karl Lagerfeld for Chanel
Located in Stuttgart, DE
A beautiful black small Chanel bag made of black quilted calfskin. The front and back of the bag are made of shiny black shearling. The bag has a small handle and the typical long Ch...
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Early 2000s French Karl Lagerfeld for Chanel

CHANEL Spring 2006 Karl Lagerfeld Bronze Gold Silk Paneling A-Line Mini Skirt
By Chanel, Karl Lagerfeld for Chanel
Located in Thiensville, WI
Brand / Manufacturer: Chanel Collection: Spring 2006 Designer: Karl Lagerfeld Style: Mini skirt Color(s): Shades of bronze/gold Lined: Yes Marked Fabric Content: "100% silk" (primar...
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Early 2000s French Karl Lagerfeld for Chanel

Chanel Vintage V-neck Blazer, Spring 2002 Collection
By Karl Lagerfeld for Chanel, Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Chanel Frill Blazer From the Spring 2002 Collection by Karl Lagerfeld. Black color, tweed pattern, pointed collar, zip pockets & zip closure Fabric: 60% Wool, 40% Rayon; Lining 95%...
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21st Century and Contemporary French Karl Lagerfeld for Chanel

Chanel Vintage Beige Button Boutique Blazer, 1980s
By Karl Lagerfeld for Chanel, Chanel
Located in New York, NY
Chanel Boutique vintage blazer with pointed collar, patch pockets and button closure. Period: 1980s Fabric: Not listed, feels like wool blend Size: 34/ XS-S Sleeve: 28” / 71 cm Shoul...
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20th Century French Karl Lagerfeld for Chanel

2004 Chanel by Karl Lagerfeld Beige Quilted Leather Top Handle Mini Bag
By Karl Lagerfeld for Chanel, Chanel
Located in Philadelphia, PA
TheRealList presents: a light beige quilted top handle Chanel bag, designed by Karl Lagerfeld. From 2004, this fabulous and classically Chanel bag prominently features a gold-tone in...
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Early 2000s Karl Lagerfeld for Chanel

2010 Chanel "Shanghai Collection" Black Leather Jacket w/ Camellias
By Chanel, Karl Lagerfeld for Chanel
Located in San Francisco, CA
2010 Chanel "Shanghai Collection" Black Lambskin Leather Jacket w/ Gorgeous Camellia Designs. Table-cut and topstitched camellias form a 3-dimensional effect. Front patch pockets, in...
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21st Century and Contemporary French Karl Lagerfeld for Chanel

Iconic Chanel Quilted Sequin Skirt by Karl Lagerfeld as seen in Met Museum NYC
By Chanel, Karl Lagerfeld for Chanel
Located in Switzerland, CH
Gorgeous Chanel skirt Designed by Karl Lagerfeld As seen in the Chanel exhibition in the Metropolitan Museum in NYC Shiny black sequins Famous Chanel signature quilted pattern Fully ...
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1990s French Karl Lagerfeld for Chanel

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    Karl Lagerfeld started designing for Fendi in 1967 when the brand brought him on to modernize their fur collection. He remained at the luxury fashion house until his death on February 19, 2019. On 1stDibs, shop a selection of Fendi apparel and accessories.
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