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A Legacy of Class and Experimentation – An Homage to Karl Lagerfeld

A Legacy of Class and Experimentation – An Homage to Karl Lagerfeld – The fashion industry was reunited in New York City for the most exotic event of the season: the annual MET Gala, which this year was dedicated to the late Karl Lagerfeld. To honor the designer, the celebration included pearls, starched collars, and black and white clothing. Interior Design Magazines took the opportunity to also pay tribute and look into the fashion legend’s estate for some flawless decor inspiration.

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A Legacy of Class and Experimentation

An Homage to Karl Lagerfeld

A Legacy of Class and Experimentation
PHOTO: © Annie Leibovitz

This year’s Met Gala attendees were invited to dress “in honor of Karl” for this year’s theme, “Karl Lagerfeld: A Line of Beauty”. Lagerfeld was the creative director of some of the world’s most recognizable fashion brands, including Chanel and Fendi, and his most iconic looks were recreated with extra dosages of imagination. Lagerfeld’s cat, his most precious possession and heiress of a great part of his fortune, was also entitled to special recognition. Jared Leto dressed as Choupette is a Met Gala moment that will be inscribed in our minds for the years to come!

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As a fashion designer, Lagerfeld’s legacy is mostly built on class and experimentation. Two concepts that can be extended to his personal estate. He owned a substantial amount of property, over the years, and was able to take a creative approach to its interior design. Each one of his houses was uniquely furnished.

A Legacy of Class and Experimentation
PHOTO: © Horst P. Horst | Paris Apartment

Karl Lagerfeld was always in black and white. In the 1970s, he transformed a 19th-century flat on Paris’s Left Bank to go with his image, a Deco-inspired space, in black and white. He started a maximalist phase ten years later, acquiring the technicolor building block-type furniture of Italy’s postmodernist Memphis movement. Then there was the vast suite within the 1707 Hôtel Pozzo di Borgo near the Musée d’Orsay, which was packed with Louis XV gilt-wood antiques. Can you imagine?


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A Legacy of Class and Experimentation

A Legacy of Class and Experimentation
PHOTO: © Horst P. Horst | Paris Apartment

But the fashion designer eccentricities in the world of interior architecture and far from being all mentioned. How about the spaceship-modern-themed apartment built in a 200-year-old structure, on Quai Voltaire, with stainless steel and glass furnishings? Not to mention the Belle Epoque hilltop summer mansion in Monte Carlo, where houseguests on vacation were expected to change outfits once or twice a day.

What all these properties have in common is they were built as little sanctuaries to keep Lagerfeld collectibles, art, antiques, and books, and reflect the fashion icon’s peculiar personality and undeniable sense of style.


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A Legacy of Class and Experimentation

Despite all controversies, Karl Lagerfeld left the world a legacy of class and experimentation. His estate was no exception! Hope you felt as inspired as us, at Interior Design Magazines. Keep on reading us for more interior design-related content.

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