New combo: Can Karl Lagerfeld Rap?

Vogue tells us about a possible dynamite duo: Karl Lagerfeld and Kayne West are rumoured to be working on a collaboration, following a business lunch meeting in New York. The speculation is yet to be confirmed by Chanel. The legendary designer and rapper were spotted at the Mercer Hotel last week and allegedly discussed business.

“They were in a deep conversation, then later appeared to be getting devices out to discuss design ideas,” a source told the New York Post.

West was photographed by Lagerfeld for this year’s touring Little Black Jacket Exhibition, which opened in London earlier this month. He also attended the label’s most recent spring/summer 2013 show during Paris Fashion Week.


The website zooms in on Lagerfeld’s Timeline:

Karl Lagerfeld is the master of reinvention, having repeatedlytransformed himself as well as his labels. He is currently the  creative director of Chanel, Fendi and his eponymous label. He has previously designed for Chloe and created a range for H&M.

  • Karl Lagerfeld was born in Hamburg in 1938. He has one older sister, Martha Christiane, who was born in 1931, and an older half-sister – Thea – from his father’s first marriage.
  • Lagerfeld was originally born Karl Otto Lagerfeldt, but Karl removed the ‘t’ as he wrote in his book, The Karl Lagerfeld Diet, that it sounded “more commercial”.
  • Lagerfeld emigrated to Paris at the age of 14.
  • He has taken on the role of costume designer for a number of productions, including LesTroyens by Hector Berlioz at Milan’s La Scala theatre, Komödie der Verführung by Arthur Schnitzler at the Burgtheater in Vienna and Der Schwierige by Hugo von Hofmannsthal at the Salzburg Festival.
  • Karl speaks several languages and owns 7L – a bookshop in Paris. He has also published books of his art photography.
  • In 1955, at the age of 17, Lagerfeld worked at Pierre Balmain, after winning a competition. He then worked for Jean Patou, Krizia, Charles Jourdan and Valentino.
  • In 1967, he joined Fendi, then Chloe the following decade.
  • He joined Chanel in 1983, returning briefly to Chloe in 1993 to replace outgoing designer Martine Sitbon.
  • In 1984, he launched his own name Karl Lagerfeld label which, he said, would channel “intellectual sexiness”.
  • By 1997, Vogue crowned Lagerfeld “unparalleled interpreter of the mood of the moment”.
  • Lagerfeld is famous for having lost a lot of weight and bringing out a diet book, The Karl Lagerfeld Diet. He lost 90lbs on a diet which included eating tuna and blackberry mousse. He said “I think that fashion is the healthiest motivation for losing weight.” He also revealed that dieting isn’t any fun: “You have to be a real bore like me for it to work.”
  • In 2005, Lagerfeld sold his own name brands (Lagerfeld Gallery and Lagerfeld), to Tommy Hilfiger, but maintained full design involvement.
  • In March 2005, Lagerfeld spoke of his mother, thanking her for the fact he had never smoked. He said “‘If you smoke, you hands are always on show, and yours aren’t particularly nice,’ she said. I’ve never had a cigarette. I wanted to please her because she hated anything second-rate.”
  • Lagerfeld designed two footwear lines for Italian label Hogan in 2010.
  • It was announced in March 2011 that Lagerfeld would design Lily Allen’s wedding dress, for her marriage to Sam Cooper in June 2011 – in fact he designed her evening dress for the occasion, rather than her wedding gown.
  • Karl said in May 2011 that he wasn’t a big technology man: “I don’t use cell phones. I read, I write, I love faxes, I like to take notes. I hate to be on the phone, I think it’s an intrusion. I’m reading, I’m sketching, I don’t want to be interrupted,” he said.
  • Swedish company Orrefors unveiled the collection of delicate glassware designed for them by Lagerfeld in June 2011. In clear, black and milky glass, the collection embodied his minimal clean aesthetic. “What I enjoy most is doing something I’ve never done before,” the designer said of his collection of glasses, vases and bowls.
  • It was confirmed in July 2011 that Lagerfeld would create a capsule collection for American department store Macy’s. “The collaboration is a kind of test how to do this kind of clothes in that price range. As you know, I love occasional co-branding,” explained Lagerfeld. “Macy’s is the perfect department store in the US, where everybody can find what they’re looking for without ruining their budget.”
  • On 3 June 2011 he was awarded the Gordon Parks Foundation Award in recognition of his work as a designer, photographer and filmmaker. “I’m so proud, and so very thankful, but I’m never done,” said Lagerfeld of the honour. “I knew Gordon’s photos before I knew Gordon, and they left such an impression on me as a student in München. That’s what you want, as an artist. That’s what I hope for.”


Picture: Rex Features