This viral story of how Karl Lagerfeld helped a 7-year-old stranger design her birthday costume is pure gold.
This is beautiful.
Designer Karl Lagerfeld and nephew Hudson Kroenig walk the runway during Chanel Cruise 2017/2018 Collection at Grand Palais on May 3, 2017 in Paris, France. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)
Iconic fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld passed away at the age of 85 on Tuesday, and the fashion world is paying their respects. Vogue editor-in-chief called him a “giant among men,” while Chanel CEO Alain Wertheimer said Lagerfeld was "ahead of his time.”
But an outside-the-box tribute posted by journalist Svenja O'Donnell, might just be the tribute of all tributes. At seven-years-old, O’Donnell collaborated with Lagerfeld on a rebellious, rule-breaking outfit. O’Donnell posted her memory on Twitter.
I have a very fond memory of @karllagerfeld which I’d like to share. As a child, I was invited to a 7th birthday pa… https://t.co/h8rvtnO3gH— Svenja O'Donnell (@Svenja O'Donnell)1550588174.0
Choosing an outfit was no light-hearted matter; my mother fretted over it for days. My godmother, who was then work… https://t.co/Q8U49JM20B— Svenja O'Donnell (@Svenja O'Donnell)1550588174.0
It was yellow, with jewels sewn into the edges of the collar and very beautiful. The problem was that, aged 7, I wa… https://t.co/cn5teYdcqh— Svenja O'Donnell (@Svenja O'Donnell)1550588175.0
I’m not entirely sure how the idea of the box came about. But when I was presented with my princess dress at my god… https://t.co/F44Q1tOdT8— Svenja O'Donnell (@Svenja O'Donnell)1550588175.0
Faced with such monstrous ingratitude, my godmother calmly suggested I step in to Karl Lagerfeld’s office, so he co… https://t.co/LygAzYzj6h— Svenja O'Donnell (@Svenja O'Donnell)1550588175.0
Most busy, high flying people in this situation would probably have told me not to be brat, but he did no such thin… https://t.co/tq4vVhrq8B— Svenja O'Donnell (@Svenja O'Donnell)1550588176.0
He sprang up and clapped his hands. “A wonderful idea!” he replied, beaming, and he really meant it. Within minutes… https://t.co/sXkOxwhfQQ— Svenja O'Donnell (@Svenja O'Donnell)1550588176.0
I still remember what it looked like: it had a Lagerfeld fan on the front. We completed the outfit with a pair of r… https://t.co/rSyF3rjyYp— Svenja O'Donnell (@Svenja O'Donnell)1550588176.0
I’ll always it as the day one of the world’s greatest designers, himself no stranger to tantrums, took an hour of h… https://t.co/AfWRKaMqpP— Svenja O'Donnell (@Svenja O'Donnell)1550588177.0
Lagerfeld once referred to himself as “very much down to Earth. Just not this earth.” In the 1980s, the iconic fashion designer reinvented Chanel when he became the brand’s creative director. He was also the creative director of Fendi and founded his own Lagerfeld label. Lagerfeld’s style has been described as blend of “high fashion and high camp.” He is survived by his equally-iconic white cat Choupette.