Karl Lagerfeld goes out with style: Anna Wintour joins fashion high society to see Chanel legend cremated before his ashes will be ‘mixed with those of his mother and his one true love’
- The fashion community has gathered for the cremation of Lagerfeld in Nanterre, near Paris, France, today
- A spokeswoman for his fashion brand Chanel had said earlier this week that there would be no funeral
- But noted that he would be cremated and his ashes likely scattered with those of his mother and late partner
The fashion community has gathered to say a final goodbye to legendary designer Karl Lagerfeld, as his ashes are likely scattered with those of his mother and late partner who died of AIDS in 1989.
Karl Lagerfeld, who passed away from pancreatic cancer aged 85 on Tuesday, had famously once said that he would have no funeral and that he was ‘really against remembrances’.
But today large numbers gathered to pay their final respects to the designer at what a spokesman for his fashion brand Chanel has said would be a private ceremony.
Among those in attendance were longtime editor-in-chief of Vogue Anna Wintour, Caroline de Monaco the Princess of Hanover, and Carine Roitfeld, the former editor-in-chief of Vogue Paris.
Dame Anna Wintour DBE (left), who has been editor-in-chief of Vogue since 1988, and is also artistic director for Condé Nast was among the fashion greats at Lagerfeld cremation today. She is pictured with Amanda Harlech, British creative consultant and writer with a long association with Lagerfeld
Caroline de Monaco (pictured), the Princess of Hanover, and Carine Roitfeld, the former editor-in-chief of Vogue Paris were also seen at the cremation ceremony
Charlotte Casiraghi, the second child of Caroline, Princess of Hanover, was also in attendance. She is the eldest daughter of Princess Caroline of Hanover and one of the granddaughters of American actress Grace Kelly
Carine Roitfeld, the former editor-in-chief of Vogue Paris, was also in attendance at the ceremony today. She previously said of Lagerfeld: ‘Karl was my rock. He’s always been there for me, through years of friendship and creation’
Karl Lagerfeld’s coffin is carried ahead of his cremation in Nanterre, near Paris today. Dozens have gathered to pay their final respects at the ceremony
Karl Lagerfeld, who passed away from pancreatic cancer aged 85 on Tuesday, had famously once said that he would have no funeral and that he was ‘really against remembrances’
The fashion designer, a notorious perfectionist, had written a manual dictating everything from the flowers to how to speak to customers offering their condolences.
It instructs employees to remove all items from the shop window and place a single bouquet of white roses with a company statement on display.
The five page document, seen by Bild, orders shop staff to ‘locally purchase a large, white flower bouquet existing out of white roses, to place in the middle of the (main) window.’
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Lagerfeld writes that the roses must have 120cm (47in) long stems and should only be placed in a transparent or basic white vase.
The manual also provides staff with acceptable answers to give to customers when they offer their condolences, including ‘Thank you for your condolences’ or ‘It is a hard time for all of us’.
The statement on display, which was also published on Karl Lagerfeld’s Instagram reads: ‘The House of KARL LAGERFELD shares, with deep emotion and sadness, the passing of its creative director, Karl Lagerfeld, on February 19, 2019, in Paris, France.
‘He was one of the most influential and celebrated designers of the 21st century and an iconic, universal symbol of style. Driven by a phenomenal sense of creativity, Karl was passionate, powerful and intensely curious.
‘He leaves behind an extraordinary legacy as one of the greatest designers of our time, and there are no words to express how much he will be missed. ‘
Lagerfeld with one of his recent muses, the daughter of Johnny Depp, US-French model Lily-Rose Depp, after his Spring/Summer 2017 Haute Couture collection show for Chanel at Paris Fashion Week
Companions: Jacques De Bascher wears a white jacket and waistcoat, as he accompanies his partner Karl Lagerfeld, wearing a black three-piece suit, in a photo believed to have been taken in the 1980s
Lagerfeld passed away in the French capital Paris this week, after being rushed to hospital.
The German-born artistic director for Chanel had looked increasingly frail in recent months, and had did not come out to take a bow at Chanel’s couture show in Paris in January, something the company attributed to him being ‘too tired’.
‘He hadn’t gone on about his illness, but battled it very bravely,’ said one source. ‘Karl was very proud of his fitness and healthy living, so the pancreatic cancer came as a huge shock.’
He had also given strict instructions regarding his funeral – or rather lack thereof.
The 85-year-old’s remains will be cremated and his ashes likely scattered with those of his mother and late French partner Jacques De Bascher, who died of AIDS in 1989.
He had also expressed a desire to be buried with his beloved pet cat Choupette, however she survived him and is now named as a potential heiress to his vast fortune.
‘His wishes will be respected,’ a Chanel spokeswoman said on Wednesday.
She added that as per Lagerfeld’s wishes – he once famously said: ‘There will be no funeral. I’d rather die!’ – there will be no ceremony.
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