Early life[ edit ] Lagerfeld was born on 10 September  in Hamburg , Germany and is the son of businessman Otto Lagerfeld — , and his wife Elisabeth Bahlmann — His father owned a company that produced and imported evaporated milk , while his maternal grandfather Karl Bahlmann was a local politician for the Catholic Centre Party. When she met his father, Lagerfeld's mother was a lingerie saleswoman from Berlin. His parents were married in For example, he has claimed that he was born in to "Elisabeth of Germany" and Otto Ludwig Lagerfeldt from Sweden,  although these claims have been conclusively proven to be entirely wrong, as his father was from Hamburg and spent his entire life in Germany, with no Swedish connection whatsoever.
In an interview on French television in February , Lagerfeld said that he was "born neither in nor Despite that, Karl Lagerfeld announced publicly that he was celebrating his "70th birthday" on 10 September , despite actually turning Lagerfeld has an older half-sister, Thea, from his father's first marriage. His family name has been spelled both Lagerfeldt with a "t" and Lagerfeld. Like his father, he uses the spelling Lagerfeld, considering it to "sound more commercial. In , after three years at Balmain, he moved to Jean Patou where he designed two haute couture collections per year for five years.
His first collection was shown in a two-hour presentation in July , but he used the name Roland Karl, rather than Karl Lagerfeld. Although, in , reporters began referring to him as Karl Lagerfelt or Karl Logerfeld. The first collection was poorly received. Carrie Donovan , an American fashion journalist, wrote that "the press booed the collection". Other cocktail and evening dresses feature low, low-cut backs. His skirts for the spring season were the shortest in Paris, and the collection was not well received.
Carrie Donovan wrote that it "looked like clever and immensely salable ready-to-wear, not couture. He called them "slaps in the face. It began as couture and then branched out into ready-to-wear, bearing the label "Tiziani-Roma—Made in England. Lagerfeld designed for the company until Elizabeth Taylor was a fan of the label; she referred to Evan as Evan Tiziani, which was, of course, not his family name, and began wearing the outfits in August He was replaced in with Guy Douvier — As more and more pieces were incorporated, he soon designed the entire collection.
In , he also began a brief design collaboration with Roman haute-couture house Curiel ; its head was Gigliola Curiel, who died in November Lagerfeld's first collection there was described as having a "drippy drapey elegance" designed for a "s cinema queen.
He also showed black velvet shorts, worn under a black velvet ankle-length cape. He designed something he called a "surprise" skirt, which was in an ankle-length, pleated silk, so loose that it hid the fact it was actually pants. He also designed a look inspired by Carmen Miranda , which consisted of mini-bra dresses with very short skirts, and long dresses with bra tops and scarf shawls. From , he collaborated with Italian fashion house Fendi, designing furs, clothing, and accessories.
Since the s, Lagerfeld has occasionally worked as a costume designer for theatrical productions. It consisted of five pieces that were presented during the designer's catwalk shows during Paris Fashion Week  and then sold in highly limited editions at the Lagerfeld Galleries in Paris and Monaco and at the Diesel Denim Galleries in New York and Tokyo. However, Lagerfeld has expressed some fear that working with lower-end brands will taint his image;[ citation needed ] although, in the past he has worked closely with the hosiery designer Wolford.
Lagerfeld is also a photographer. He produced Visionaire The Emperor's New Clothes, a series of nude pictures of models and celebrities. He also personally photographed Mariah Carey for the cover of V magazine in On 18 December , Lagerfeld announced the launch of a new collection for men and women dubbed K Karl Lagerfeld, which included fitted T-shirts and a wide range of jeans.
In , Tra Tutti began selling Karl Lagermouse and Karl Lagerfelt, which are mini-Lagerfelds in the forms of mice and finger puppets, respectively.
The same year, he lend his voice in the French animated film, Totally Spies! In June , it was announced that Karl Lagerfeld would design the two residential lobbies of the Estates at Acqualina, a luxury residential development in Miami's Sunny Isles Beach. Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour to walk out of his Milan Fashion Week runway show, when he employed strippers and adult-film star Moana Pozzi to model his black-and-white collection for Fendi.
The controversy erupted after the couture show in Paris, when the Indonesian Muslim Scholars Council in Jakarta called for a boycott of Chanel and threatened to file formal protests with the government of Mr. The designer apologized, explaining that he had taken the design from a book about the Taj Mahal , thinking the words came from a love poem.
However, the tofu pies hurled by animal rights activists in protest against his use of fur within his collections went astray, instead hitting Calvin Klein. A PETA spokesperson described the hit on Klein as " friendly fire ," calling Klein, who doesn't use fur, "a great friend to the animals" and Lagerfeld a "designer dinosaur," who continues to use fur in his collections.
He himself doesn't wear fur and hardly eats meat. In a BBC interview in , he claimed that hunters "make a living having learnt nothing else than hunting, killing those beasts who would kill us if they could" and maintained: When was the last time a person's life was threatened by a mink or rabbit? After German designer Wolfgang Joop called Klum, who had posed naked on the cover of the German edition of GQ magazine, as being  "no runway model.
She is simply too heavy and has too big a bust. Adele hit back by saying she is like the majority of women, and she is very proud of that fact. The comment was made when Lagerfeld was praising Kate Middleton , for her "romantic beauty" before adding: She should only show her back. But these fashions, modeled by very, very slim boys—and not men my age—required me to lose at least 40 kg.
It took me exactly 13 months.