Karl Lagerfeld's 10 most iconic designs through the years

Lagerfeld, who started off as an assistant in Pierre Balmain's design house worked his way to becoming one of the most influential people in couture, working with brands like Fendi, Chanel, and Chloe.


                            Karl Lagerfeld's 10 most iconic designs through the years

"You cannot fake chic but you can be chic and fake fur" - Karl Lagerfeld

There's a lot that the world has to be thankful for the blessing that was Karl Lagerfeld. The fashion icon died on Tuesday after being ill for sometime now. From the reinvention of the Chanel suit to taking hi-low to a whole new level (Chanel Fall 2014 Couture), Lagerfeld is an irreplaceable presence in the world of fashion. Lagerfeld, who started off as an assistant in Pierre Balmain's design house worked his way to becoming one of the most influential people in couture, working with brands like Fendi, Chanel, and Chloe. His genius trickled down to the core of the fashion industry. His sense of style and fashion relevant even in these changing times. In memory of the creative genius let's take a look at the 10 most iconic looks that came out of Karl's reign over the runway. 

1. Helen Christensen for Chanel Ready to Wear Fall-Winter 1991 collection

 

 Helena Christensen walks the runway at the Chanel Ready to Wear Fall/Winter 1991-1992 fashion show during the Paris Fashion Week in March, 1991 in Paris, France. (Photo by Victor VIRGILE/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)
 Helena Christensen walks the runway at the Chanel Ready to Wear Fall/Winter 1991-1992 fashion show during the Paris Fashion Week in March, 1991 in Paris, France. (Photo by Victor VIRGILE/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)

Helena Christensen, a long time muse for Lagerfeld walked the 1991 runway show in this iconic denim and wool ensemble. The modernity of the look lies in the use of accessories for sure - it was the first time that Chanel had gone all out with the classic gold chains and the rock n roll vibe and you really started to see the Karl influence. 

2. Claudia Schiffer in Chanel Haute Couture 

Claudia Schiffer walks the runway at the Chanel Haute Couture Spring/Summer 1993-1994 fashion show during the Paris Fashion Week in January, 1993 in Paris, France. (Photo by Victor VIRGILE/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)
Claudia Schiffer walks the runway at the Chanel Haute Couture Spring/Summer 1993-1994 fashion show during the Paris Fashion Week in January, 1993 in Paris, France. (Photo by Victor VIRGILE/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)

One of Claudia's most iconic runway moments ever, this look styled by Lagerfeld featured a crinkled plastic skirt - who knew that could work on the runway? 

3. Cindy Crawford in all red 

 Cindy Crawford walks the runway at the Chanel Haute Couture Spring/Summer 1993-1994 fashion show during the Paris Fashion Week in January, 1993 in Paris, France. (Photo by Victor VIRGILE/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)
 Cindy Crawford walks the runway at the Chanel Haute Couture Spring/Summer 1993-1994 fashion show during the Paris Fashion Week in January, 1993 in Paris, France. (Photo by Victor VIRGILE/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)

One of Lagerfeld's longtime muses, Cindy Crawford looked bold and dynamic in this 1993 runway look. Flaming red, somewhat modest and with a fresh silhouette for a maxi dress, this look definitely stood out in his collection.

4. Blake Lively's Met Gala look from 2011

Designer Karl Lagerfeld and actress Blake Lively attend the 'Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty' Costume Institute Gala at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 2, 2011 in New York City.
Designer Karl Lagerfeld and actress Blake Lively attend the 'Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty' Costume Institute Gala at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 2, 2011 in New York City.

Blake Lively looked like an otherworldly creature in this sparkly nude and grey gown - in a great way, of course. The fabric, fit and cut of the look is exquisite, needless to say, and the styling totally perfect with the red hair.

5. Cara Delevigne in Fendi Autumn Winter collection

Model Cara Delevingne walks the runway during the Fendi show as part of Milan Fashion Week Womenswear Autumn/Winter 2014 on February 20, 2014 in Milan, Italy.
Model Cara Delevingne walks the runway during the Fendi show as part of Milan Fashion Week Womenswear Autumn/Winter 2014 on February 20, 2014 in Milan, Italy.

Fendi owes the iconic 'F' to Lagerfeld and its reinvention of fur, of course. Everything about the looks from this line screams chic. 

6. Lady Gaga's customized white gown 

Lady Gaga poses with young fans in Gaga's Workshop at Barneys New York on November 21, 2011 in New York City.
Lady Gaga poses with young fans in Gaga's Workshop at Barneys New York on November 21, 2011 in New York City.

Lady Gaga, a longtime friend of Lagerfeld's as well as muse definitely turned heads at an event in NYC in this customized white Chanel. 

7. Lily Rose Depp in this blush gown for Chanel 2017 

Lily-Rose Depp and Karl Lagerfeld walk the runway during the Chanel Spring Summer 2017 show as part of Paris Fashion Week on January 24, 2017 in Paris, France.
Lily-Rose Depp and Karl Lagerfeld walk the runway during the Chanel Spring Summer 2017 show as part of Paris Fashion Week on January 24, 2017 in Paris, France.

Karl switched it up with the silver blazer for this 2017 Spring Summer Fashion Week but what he created for the showstopper Lily was even more surprising. This blush gown adorned with soft layers and cinched at the waist with a belt was exquisite, to say the least. 

8. Devon Aoki's look Spring summer 1999  



 

She's walked for Karl multiple times through the years but this look will always be iconic - the poufy scrunched skirt and the halter neck paired with a bare face and poker straight hair has inspired many through the years. 

9. Kirsten Stewart in Chanel at the 2013 Paris Fashion Week

Kristen Stewart attends the Chanel show as part of Paris Fashion Week Haute-Couture Fall/Winter 2013-2014 at Grand Palais on July 2, 2013 in Paris, France.
Kristen Stewart attends the Chanel show as part of Paris Fashion Week Haute-Couture Fall/Winter 2013-2014 at Grand Palais on July 2, 2013 in Paris, France.

Talk about switching up the Chanel suit! Stewart made headlines in this white blazer paired with a barely-there pair of shorts, slicked back hair and Chanel's classic half-gloves. 

10.Kendall Jenner in Chanel 2016 

Kendall Jenner and Karl Lagerfeld walk the runway during the Chanel show as part of Paris Fashion Week Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2015/2016 on July 7, 2015 in Paris, France.
Kendall Jenner and Karl Lagerfeld walk the runway during the Chanel show as part of Paris Fashion Week Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2015/2016 on July 7, 2015 in Paris, France.

The Chanel suit is the perfect balance between strong and feminine and Jenner, who is the most loved out of the clan for Karl carries it off beautifully.