7 Of The Most Unique Luxury Bags Karl Lagerfeld Had Designed For Chanel
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 world mourns as the designer of all designers, Karl Lagerfeld, passed away yesterday at 85 years old in Paris.
Growing up, I have always admired the class and elegance every Chanel item exudes. Karl, my personal icon, had been the best thing that happened to the brand. This legendary person made French fashion house the powerful brand it is well known for now.
The House of Chanel recognizes how Karl had "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." He is also the one who recreated the CC turn lock closure that was incorporated in every classic Chanel bag we are enjoying today.
As we pay tribute to this creative genius, here's a look back at seven of the most unique and memorable bags he did for Chanel. Scroll down!
Boy Chanel handbag in Calfskin & Ruthenium-Finish Metal | Photo: chanel.com
1. The Hula Hoop bag from the Spring/Summer 2013 collection
Photo from @leahmcqueenphotography
2. The Lego Bag from the Spring/Summer 2013 collection
Chanel Vintage Lego Brick Pearl Clutch | Photo: 1stdibs.com
3. The Robot Minaudiére from the Spring 2017 collection
4. The Matryoshka Doll Bag from the Paris-Moscow Pre-Fall 2009 Collection
5. The No. 5 Perfume Bottle Bag from Cruise 2014 collection
6. The Premiere Watch Minaudiére from Cruise Dubai 2015 collection
7. The Patent Cosmetic Minaudiére from Cruise 2016 collection
His out-of-this-world creations were always sold out. You would think no one would spend hundreds of thousands of Dollars for these, but every Chanel collector knows that buying a Chanel handbag is like buying a piece of art—one they can pass on to their loved ones many years from now.
The off-the-rack clothes and shoes he made were also classic and wearable. He brought back fashion from the past, and gave it a modern-day spin: the cap-toe shoes, quilted bags, ballerina flats, and slingbacks.
As one of the many women the world over, who are deeply affected by his death, I know that no matter what, I will remain a Chanel girl long after Karl Lagerfeld's passing.
Aimee Hashim is a personal shopper and lifestyle consultant, known for her business called LoveLuxeBags.
Lead photos from Chanel