It is with deep sadness that the House of CHANEL announces the passing of Karl Lagerfeld, the Creative Director for the CHANEL Fashion House since 1983.

An extraordinary creative individual, Karl Lagerfeld reinvented the brand’s codes created by Gabrielle Chanel: the CHANEL jacket and suit, the little black dress, the precious tweeds, the two-tone shoes, the quilted handbags, the pearls and costume jewelry. Regarding Gabrielle Chanel, he said, “My job is not to do what she did, but what she would have done. The good thing about Chanel is it is an idea you can adapt to many things.”

A prolific creative mind with endless imagination, Karl Lagerfeld explored many artistic horizons, including photography and short films. The House of CHANEL benefited from his talent for all the branding campaigns related to Fashion since 1987. Finally, one cannot refer to Karl Lagerfeld without mentioning his innate sense of repartee and self-mockery.

Alain Wertheimer, CEO of CHANEL, said: “Thanks to his creative genius, generosity and exceptional intuition, Karl Lagerfeld was ahead of his time, which widely contributed to the House of CHANEL’s success throughout the world. Today, not only have I lost a friend, but we have all lost an extraordinary creative mind to whom I gave carte blanche in the early 1980s to reinvent the brand.”

Bruno Pavlovsky, President of Fashion at CHANEL, said: “Fashion show after fashion show, collection after collection, Karl Lagerfeld left his mark on the legend of Gabrielle Chanel and the history of the House of CHANEL. He steadfastly promoted the talent and expertise of CHANEL’s ateliers and Métiers d’Art, allowing this exceptional know-how to shine throughout the world. The greatest tribute we can pay today is to continue to follow the path he traced by – to quote Karl – ‘continuing to embrace the present and invent the future’.”

Virginie Viard, Director of CHANEL’s Fashion Creation Studio and Karl Lagerfeld’s closest collaborator for more than 30 years, has been entrusted by Alain Wertheimer with the creative work for the collections, so that the legacy of Gabrielle Chanel and Karl Lagerfeld can live on.

The House of CHANEL offers his family, relatives and friends its deepest condolences.



The House ambassador and her daughter attended the 69th edition of the Berlinale Film Festival to present ‘The Souvenir’ in which they appear together.
Tilda Swinton wore a black leather jacket and gold boots from the Métiers d'art 2018/19 collection. Honor Byrne-Swinton chose a printed cashmere sweater from the Cruise 2019 collection paired with Métiers d’art 2018/19 patched denim trousers and shoes.


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Ambassadors and friends of the House gathered at the Charles Finch & CHANEL pre-BAFTAs dinner. This annual dinner party calls on the industry’s talent to celebrate British film achievements ahead of the awards ceremony.

Glenn Close, Alessandra Mastronardi, Ellie Bamber, Eleanor Tomlinson, Lucy Boynton, Stacy Martin and Amy Adams were among the guests.




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The House ambassador wore a long sequin-embroidered dress from the CHANEL Spring-Summer 2019 Haute Couture collection at the British Academy Film Awards in London.

She was nominated in the ‘Best Supporting Actress’ category for her role as Queen Elizabeth I in ‘Mary Queen of Scots’ and also presented the ‘Best Actor’ Award during the ceremony.




“Parole, parole, parole”, sings the iconic Italian singer Mina at the finale of the CHANEL Spring-Summer 2019 Haute Couture show that saw the world’s oldest Haute Couture house still in activity send out a collection of mesmerising creations.

It may have been a snowy January day in Paris, but the minute I stepped into the Grand Palais, I discovered myself transported to the Villa CHANEL in all its terracotta beauty, set within a perfectly manicured Mediterranean garden with a pool at its centre. Warmth emanated from the epic, immersive set. The tall Tuscan cypress trees that lined the steps of the Villa evoked the dusky nights of summer amid the splendour of 18th century gardens.

As the first look came down the stairs — a long, perfectly cut chic metallic tweed silhouette with Lemarié flower jewels in the hair and Desrues feathers dangling from the ears — we were more than ready for a dose of CHANEL’s mastery of sharp tailoring, innovation in craft. The magical, floral details could be appreciated from the runway as well as from close up.

What an abundant garden it was, both figuratively and literally. Flowers lay at the heart of Karl Lagerfeld’s inspiration for the collection. From ceramic, hand painted layered flowers embroidered onto sequinned gowns, to real, dried flowers painstakingly preserved in resin, folded and sewn into beaded floral beds on a bolero effect sleeved dress, the landscape had no bounds.

Savoir faire was showcased subtly. Rolled up, big bell satin skirt hems in prairie green and pastel pinks would peek open to reveal luscious, floral embroidered beds. Blind tucks competed by hand on the lightest of organza dressed embroidered with flowers made out of feathers floated by nonchalantly.

Exceptional savoir faire is always at the heart of CHANEL Haute Couture. The creative audacity and artisanship from the several Métiers d’art ateliers — from Lesage embroidery, Lemarié feather and flower embroideries, to Desrues jewels and pleats by the maestros at Lognon — all work together to turn fantasy into reality. The skills, handicraft and time that go into each piece are simply mind-boggling. That’s what makes CHANEL couture, most of all, so magical. As I left the show, I pondered, the words of Mina ringing in my ears. Over the coming days the magical set of Villa CHANEL will disappear; the Grand Palais will return to being the Grand Palais. But the magic of CHANEL Haute Couture lives on beyond the show, almost impossible to put into words.