It’s been over three months since the passing of Karl Lagerfeld, and now — at last — the highly anticipated plans for the fashion legend’s memorial have just been released.
Titled “Karl for Ever”, the memorial is set to held on 20 June during Paris Men’s Fashion Week; Chanel and Fendi, the two fashion houses where Lagerfeld served as creative director until his final days, along with the team behind his namesake label, will come together as co-hosts. The iconic Grand Palais will serve as the venue for the occasion, a very fitting choice given that, under Lagerfeld’s creative direction, the space was transformed into fantastical sets for Chanel’s ready-to-wear and haute couture shows every single season since 2005 — from a supermarket to a casino, a beach complete with functioning waves and even a space station that saw the launch of a life-size rocket ship.
The memorial will be orchestrated by theatre and opera director Robert Carsen, who’s put together a special tribute of interpretative dance, music and theatre performances inspired by works admired by the late designer. There will also be video footage playing on three big screens, featuring interviews with Lagerfeld’s collaborators from the worlds of fashion, art and culture, all filmed in Lagerfeld’s library, which houses over 300,000 books.
“It will be a very powerful moment, a collective celebration of his persona,” said Bruno Pavlovsky, Chanel’s president of fashion, in an interview with British Vogue. “The memorial will be about Karl only: who he was, what he loved, what gave him his exceptional energy. I am glad we could join forces with Fendi and Karl Lagerfeld to create together an exceptional event that measures up to him, a tribute that truly celebrates the things he loved and that inspired him.”
“Karl For Ever” will be an invite-only event for approximately 2,500 guests, and it will be the first public memorial for Lagerfeld since his passing. Adhering to his wishes, the designer’s funeral was held in private earlier this year in Nanterre, France, where he was cremated.