The fashion is still mourning the loss of iconic fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld. Amidst this, the one question which was in everyone’s mind was: Who will fill in Lagerfeld’s shoes?
The ailing Karl could not take a bow at the end of the haute couture collection showcased in Paris in January for the first time. Virginie Viard was the one who took the bow instead. She was also seen with Karl at various fashion shows finale.
Virginie Viard has been appointed as the new Creative Director of the luxury fashion label Chanel. Working with Chanel for almost 30 years, Virginie is said to be right hand of Karl. Infact, he referred her as both his right and left hand.
The 50-year old French, Virginie joined Chanel in 1987. She was recommended to Lagerfeld for an internship by Prince Rainier of Monaco’s head of protocol, who was a family friend. Studied at Le Cours Georges, a fashion school in Lyon (France), she became the studio director of Chanel in 1997.
Entirely dedicated to Karl, Virginie’s Grazia profile reads, “My role with him consists of making sure he feels good. Over the years, there have been tiring moments, things unspoken; but overall, always, respect and kindness. We communicate each morning by text.”
It is also said that Alain Wertheimer, the chief executive of Chanel, entrusted her with the “creative work for the collections, so that the legacy of Gabrielle Chanel and Karl Lagerfeld can live on.”
On the other hand, fashion label Fendi held its runway show in Milan recently without giving any hints as to who might be brought in as the Kaiser's successor. The brand said, “Fendi intends to take its time to pay him the homage he deserves and will communicate on his succession later.” The insiders say that Silvia Venturini Fendi, granddaughter of the brand’s founders and its creative director for accessories, menswear, and children might succeed Karl.
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