The incomparable Karl ‘The Kaiser’ Lagerfeld is the most famous living designer on the planet. He is much more than just a one-man multinational fashion phenomenon.He practically IS Chanel and Fendi; he is a barometer of the twenty-first-century zeitgeist. His shock of frosty-white hair pulled into a low ponytail and signature dark glasses, starched white collars and trademark fan are as recognisable as the interlocked double Cs of the global fashion powerhouse he creatively controls. He is iconic.
What is probably not as well known is that Lagerfeld can add accomplished photographer to his fashion icon status. Lagerfeld first took up photography in 1987, and has won numerous photography awards, curated numerous exhibitions and has been guest editor at Wallpaper and AD France.
Who better to ask to photograph an iconic furniture collection?
Karl Lagerfeld’s first foray into furniture photography was an impressive collaborative project with Italian brand Cassina, which was unveiled at Salone del Mobile in Milan.
It seemed a good fit for both the brand and Lagerfeld, ‘I am a fan of Cassina productions and for years I haved owned many of the photographed pieces, often more than one. My first order was the famous chaise-lounge by Le Corbusier, Pierre Jeanneret and Charlotte Perriand in the 60s,’ he said.
These powerful images represent the designer’s obsessive attention to detail, his penchant for visual balance, composition and mood. As dramatic as Chanel’s iconic runway shows – the scale of which is legendary and painstakingly orchestrated by Lagerfeld – these images are a beautiful representation of both his and Cassina’s unique vision.