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Karl Lagerfeld: The Designer of Fashion History

By Manuela Garcia

Graphic by Madison Mercado

It's time to get excited, because the MET Gala of 2023 is on the horizon! This year, the Costume Institute is honoring the one and only Karl Lagerfeld at the 2023 MET Gala.

We all know that the best part of the Met Gala is seeing what all your favorite celebrities are wearing; although, sometimes it's hard to understand the connection between the theme and outfits. I mean, can someone explain to me how "camp" relates to wearing a giant hamburger costume? (Sorry Katy but that simply wasn’t it)

Karl Lagerfeld (1933-2019) was a fashion icon, visionary, and an all-around legend in the industry. From his iconic designs to his personal style, Lagerfeld was a force to be reckoned with. And now, it's time to celebrate his contributions to the fashion world.

One thing Lagerfeld was known for was his ability to mix classic and modern styles. His designs were always ahead of their time, and he was never afraid to take risks. He managed to produce out of the box designs, while maintaining elegance. Isn't that what fashion is all about? Taking risks and expressing yourself through your clothes.

So, how can you incorporate Lagerfeld's timeless aesthetic into your own wardrobe? It's all about mixing and matching. Start by investing in two types of pieces: everyday basics such as plain shirts, turtlenecks, jeans, pants, etc., and classic pieces with a modern twist. A tailored blazer with an unexpected detail, extravagant long coat to keep you warm in the crazy Boston weather, and a blouse with chunky sleeves or a pair of pants with a funky color/pattern paired with a neutral/elegant base can add that Lagerfeld touch to your outfit.

Don't be afraid to play with texture and fabric as well. Pair a thin crochet cardigan with a pair of jeans and a turtleneck, or a chunky knit sweater with a sleek satin skirt, a light blouse with a pair of corduroy pants. Colors are also a great option to add that “je ne sais quoi” to an outfit. The possibilities are endless!

Let's not forget about accessories. Lagerfeld was all about making a statement, so don't be afraid to do the same. A bold statement necklace, a pair of oversized earrings, or a funky bag can instantly elevate your look and give it that Lagerfeld edge.

So, as we eagerly await the Met Gala 2023, let's take a moment to celebrate Karl Lagerfeld and his incredible contributions to the fashion world. Let's also take some fashion risks by incorporating his timeless aesthetic into your own wardrobes. Who knows, you might just become a fashion icon yourself and follow the MET gala theme better than the guests!


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