Karl Lagerfeld Self-portrait

  • Lisa Rahman

The creative for this portrait was in answer to the feature title "The Titans behind Chanel", an editorial that looked into the people who worked closest with Karl Lagerfeld, Creative Director of Chanel. We were inspired by Mr. Lagerfelds "The Little Black Jacket" portfolio book that he shot that season, so in keeping with that style of black and white photography and lighting we knew that even a photograph of Mr. Lagerfeld's infamous high collar, suit and pony-tail would tell the devout fashion fans this was a portrait of the icon himself. • Rebecca Lowthorpe, Editor of ELLE Collections, commissioned this self-portrait a few years before Mr. Lagerfeld passed. In 2019 the image was featured on a large screen in the middle of the Grand Palais amongst other portraits in tribute to the great designers life.

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