Virginie Viard announced as Karl Lagerfeld’s Successor At Chanel

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Virginie Viard announced as Karl Lagerfeld’s Successor At Chanel

After the passing of legendary designer Karl Lagerfeld earlier this week, Chanel swiftly announced his successor as Virginie Viard in the midst of its bereavement.

Pictured together many times, one of which above, the relatively low profile talent was confirmed as the new creative director on Instagram, where Chanel posted a tribute to its in-house icon. Being with the brand for around 36 years, Lagerfeld apparently worked alongside Virginie, who helped the designer develop the brand’s yearly collections.

One of Karl‘s favourite designers Hedi Slimane was also in the running for the position, aswell as some other designers including the likes of Marc Jacobs, Haider Ackermann amongst others. Accompanying him at many of his recent shows, Viard seems like a capable replacement and one Mr. Lagerfeld may have handpicked as his successor anyways.

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It is with deep sadness that the House of CHANEL announces the passing of Karl Lagerfeld, the Creative Director for the CHANEL Fashion House since 1983. An extraordinary creative individual, Karl Lagerfeld reinvented the brand’s codes created by Gabrielle Chanel: the CHANEL jacket and suit, the little black dress, the precious tweeds, the two-tone shoes, the quilted handbags, the pearls and costume jewelry. Regarding Gabrielle Chanel, he said, “My job is not to do what she did, but what she would have done. The good thing about Chanel is it is an idea you can adapt to many things.” A prolific creative mind with endless imagination, Karl Lagerfeld explored many artistic horizons, including photography and short films. The House of CHANEL benefited from his talent for all the branding campaigns related to Fashion since 1987. Finally, one cannot refer to Karl Lagerfeld without mentioning his innate sense of repartee and self-mockery. Alain Wertheimer, CEO of CHANEL, said: “Thanks to his creative genius, generosity and exceptional intuition, Karl Lagerfeld was ahead of his time, which widely contributed to the House of CHANEL’s success throughout the world. Today, not only have I lost a friend, but we have all lost an extraordinary creative mind to whom I gave carte blanche in the early 1980s to reinvent the brand.” Bruno Pavlovsky, President of Fashion at CHANEL, said: “Fashion show after fashion show, collection after collection, Karl Lagerfeld left his mark on the legend of Gabrielle Chanel and the history of the House of CHANEL. He steadfastly promoted the talent and expertise of CHANEL’s ateliers and Métiers d’Art, allowing this exceptional know-how to shine throughout the world. The greatest tribute we can pay today is to continue to follow the path he traced by – to quote Karl – ‘continuing to embrace the present and invent the future’.” Virginie Viard, Director of CHANEL’s Fashion Creation Studio and Karl Lagerfeld’s closest collaborator for more than 30 years, has been entrusted by Alain Wertheimer with the creative work for the collections, so that the legacy of Gabrielle Chanel and Karl Lagerfeld can live on.

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