The home ground to Karl Lagerfeld and his preferred location for Chanel runway shows, the Grand Palais saw a beautiful tribute and exhibition, titled "Karl For Ever", hosted by the house of Chanel, Fendi and Karl Lagerfeld to honour the legendary godfather of fashion for his amazing work throughout the years.
Curated, staged and directed by Robert Carsen, the one-off Karl For Ever event on 20th June 2019 saw the attendance of over 2,500 guests, which included the likes of Hollywood stars, Karl's muses, friends and family of the fashion houses, industry insiders and more, at the Grand Palais.
Within Karl For Ever, guests were greeted with a tapestry of films that documented Karl's journey throughout his life, interspersed with testimonials from people who knew him. The tapestry also showcased generous “live” contributions of highly talented actors, musicians, dancers who interpreted some of the music and literature Karl loved.
Actresses Tilda Swinton, Fanny Ardant, Cara Delevingne and Helen Mirren, all close confidants and muses of Karl Lagerfeld, recited and read excerpts from works by his favourite authors like Virginia Woolf, Stéphane Mallarmé, Colette and Edith Sitwell as their final goodbyes to the legend.
Others who performed on that momentous day include Pharrell Williams, dancer Lil Buck and violinist Charlie Siem.
The walls of Grand Palais were dressed with 56 giant enlargements of portraits taken throughout his life by the most world-renowned photographers. The portraits were designed into a special setting by Robert Carsen and inspired by Karl's favourite colours: black and white enhanced with a touch of red.
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