NOMINATED FOR: Beyond busy as Chanel’s couturier and the designer of ready-to-wear and furs at Fendi, Lagerfeld also put the pedal to the medal with his signature brand, owned by London-based Apax Partners.
He fulfilled an ambition to take his rtw into the burgeoning masstige category, and in January launched the Karl collection, initially an online exclusive with Net-a-porter, while addressing the premium segment with new Karl Lagerfeld Paris ranges under license with Italy’s Ittierre SpA. He also gave a preview of a new line of fashion watches under license to Fossil Inc., signed a new fragrance license with Inter Parfums Inc., and secured a space on Boulevard Saint-Germain, on Paris’ Left Bank, to showcase his revamped product universe. It is to open in 2013.
For Chanel, Lagerfeld traveled to Japan to reprise his summer couture show, open a pop-up shop and launch “The Little Back Jacket,” a photo book and exhibition project in collaboration with Carine Roitfeld that would tour the world. The designer popped up at jacket parties in New York, London, Paris and Berlin, too.
Side projects up his sleeve were as varied and surprising as ever. He guest-edited the free newspaper Metro International for one day in February, plus the May issue of Architectural Digest in France. On the design front, he signed on to do VIP helicopters for AgustaWestland, the exterior of the Hôtel Metropole Monte-Carlo, a limited-edition collection of color cosmetics for Shu Uemura, and Olympic-themed clothing for Selfridges.