Chanel hosted a memorial celebration in Karl Lagerfeld’s honour at the Grand Palais in Paris on Thursday.
The fashion community gathered to pay tribute to the artist’s legacy and his unprecedented creativity, with
The industry has been in mourning for the designer, who was as famous for his acerbic wit as he was his groundbreaking fashion designs, since he passed away from pancreatic cancer aged 85 in February.
In memory: The fashion community, including models Cara Delevingne (left) and Gigi Hadid (centre) gathered to pay tribute to Karl Lagerfeld at the Karl For Ever memorial at the Grand Palais in Paris on Thursday
Cara, 26, carried on Karl’s passion for high fashion as she took to the stage to host the ceremony in a fluffy pink feathered princess gown.
The show-stopping midi-dress featured a plunging neckline and sheer panelled bodice, which made the most of her slender frame.
After her impassioned speech, Cara took a moment’s silence to pay tribute to the late designer.
In his honour: After her impassioned speech about the late designer, Cara took a moment’s silence to pay tribute to the late designer
Tweed: In homage to Lagerfeld’s signature tweed look for Chanel, Gigi wore a black tweed minidress with gold button detailing
Brave: The model is seen of the big screen alongside Karl and his beloved cat Choupette as she speaks to the invited guests during the event
Supportive: Cara cheered on Lil Buck after he gave a performance
Icon: The fashion community gathered to pay tribute to the artist’s legacy and his unprecedented creativity, with Cara, Gigi, Claudia Schiffer, Anna Wintour and Valentino Garavani among the stars attending
Fashion king: The industry has been in mourning for the designer, who was as famous for his acerbic wit as he was his groundbreaking fashion designs, since he passed away from pancreatic cancer aged 85 in February
The model formed a close bond with Karl over the years and following his passing, said he had ‘changed her life’.
Cara quickly became one of the fashion giant’s most prominent faces, starring in numerous Chanel fashion shows and campaigns.
Helen Mirren, 73, performed a moving reading from his memoir, A World According To Karl, accompanied by violinist Charlie Siem- both of whom had close relationships with Karl.
The actress was dressed in a sleek black suit and crisp white shirt and gave an emotive performance while music played in the background.
After the excerpt, Helen held up Karl’s memoir, showing it to the crowd in a fitting tribute to fashion icon.
Toasting the fashion great: Helen held up Karl’s memoir, showing it to the crowd in a fitting tribute to fashion icon
Daring to be different: Tilda appeared in her element as she showed off the kooky outfit
Emotional: After the ceremony, Tilda, Pharrell and Helen took to the stage hand-in-hand
Success: Lang, Cara, and Lil Buck also joined them on stage for the grand finale, with the audience giving the stars a standing ovation
Paying their respects: Stella McCartney and Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour sat in the front row for the star-studded event
Stylish display: Hamish Bowles, Anna and Helen posed for a photo on the red carpet
Couple: Stella exuded elegance in a navy lace midi dress while her husband Alasdhair Willis looked dapper in a black suit
Another fashion great: Valentino Garavani showed his admiration to Karl by attending the event
Music: Lang Lang gave a piano recital in memory on Karl
The event was conceived, directed and designed by opera and artistic director Robert Carsen, with guests attending from around the world, including his friends and colleagues, which reflected the many lives that Karl Lagerfeld touched.
Ahead of the event Robert told
‘How can we celebrate this Renaissance man, who remained ahead of his time by taking inspiration from the past whilst always looking to the future?
Busting a move: The singer was accompanied by two backing dancers
Trendy: Pharrell cut a cool figure in grey shorts and a black tailored blazer
Queen of fashion: Anna Fendi Venturini smiled for the cameras as she joined the stars at the memorial celebration
Catching up: Helen animatedly chatted to Suzy Menkes on the red carpet
Royalty: Farida Khelfa and Carla Bruni-Sarkozy (left) and Princess Caroline of Hanover and Princess Stephanie of Monaco (right) were also in attendance
Front row: Olivia Palermo and Johannes Huebl gained front row tickets to the coveted event
Important figures: French CEO of Fendi Serge Brunschwig (L), French luxury group Kering CEO Francois-Henri Pinault (2nd L) and wife of French President Brigitte Macron (2nd R) arrive for the Karl For Ever event
Amazing: Dancers dressed in black held hands on stage as they wowed the crowds with an impressive performance
Fashion maven: Arizona Muse showed off her fashion prowess in a black dress with white Go-Go boots
Chatting away: Gigi looked poise as she spoke to the media in front of a number of cameras
Model arrival: The model looked so chic in the knee-length black dress which was adorned with golden buttons
‘Through a tapestry of videos of him throughout his life, interwoven with numerous short interviews with many of the people whom he inspired and who worked with him in so many fields, and perhaps above all through the contribution of actors, musicians, and dancers whose work he admired, who were his friends and who will interpret some of the music and literature that he so loved.’
The designer is widely credited with overhauling the French luxury house, once known for its sensible tweed two-pieces, into a cutting-edge fashion powerhouse synonymous with smudged eyeliner, show-stopping couture and futuristic minis.
When he took the helm of Chanel in 1983, he shifted focus away from fragrance and accessories and focused on updating its heritage pieces, injecting much-needed life into its couture line following the death of legendary founder Coco Chanel.
As of 2019, he he boasted an A-list following including the likes of Keira Knightley and Kristen Stewart and Chanel was turning over around $10bn (£7.7bn) a year.
On the steps: Bruno Pavlovsky, Sidney Toledano, Pietro Beccari, Elisabetta Beccari and Serge Brunschwig (L-R) pose prior to the Karl Lagerfeld Homage
Super chic: Delphine Arnault looked amazing in her black dress which was fitted at the waist and billowed out at the skirt to make the most of her fantastic figure
Prestigious: The event was conceived, directed and designed by opera and artistic director Robert Carsen, with guests attending from around the world, including his friends and colleagues, which reflected the many lives Karl touched