In an era when personal and professional boundaries continue to blur, so much of a designer’s private life is representative of their creative process. The homes of fashion designers often reflect a fondness for particular stylistic elements and eras, which, in some way or another, manage to find themselves in the clothing they design
That was far from the case in the 1980s. Few could imagine when Karl Lagerfeld showed his debut collection for the house of Chanel – an austere grouping of ladylike garments – during the spring/summer 1983 haute couture season, that the German designer’s Monaco apartment was filled to the brim with Memphis-era furnishings.
Lagerfeld’s premiere collection was a revival of classic codes for the modern Chanel woman, drawing inspiration from Coco Chanel in the 1920s and 30s, re-imaged in a primarily black and white color pallet, for the sophisticated woman who preferred longer, leaner proportions.