Karl Lagerfeld to Retire from Chanel?

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  1. Benn98

    Benn98 Well-Known Member

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    DOES VOGUE KNOW SOMETHING WE DON’T ABOUT KARL LAGERFELD AND CHANEL?

    written by The Daily Front Row January 22, 2019

    Is Karl Lagerfeld’s time at Chanel coming to a close, and if so, does Vogue already know about it? Lagerfeld has been at the house for a while — over three decades, in fact. And in recent years, rumors have been swirling that he might soon step down. Speculation increased when Virginie Viard, Chanel’s director of the creative studio, began accompanying him during his final bow at the end of shows a few seasons ago. The joint walk outs — not to mention the fact that Lagerfeld missed a Chanel show for the first time this morning — might suggest that a changing of the guard is imminent. Obviously, if that happens it would be one of the biggest fashion news stories of the year and Chanel would want to plan that announcement out very carefully. Exclusives on the story would probably be lined up in advance, and of all the publications who might receive such a boon, American Vogue seems the most likely given the magazine’s status in the industry and Lagerfeld’s close, personal relationship with Anna Wintour.

    This theory might seem like it is coming out of nowhere, but hear me out. Last week Vogue Runway did a countdown to Couture Week by posting archival images from five Chanel shows. The series wasn’t counting down to Chanel’s show specifically, just the week in general. And yet, Chanel was the only brand included in the throwback. Why not showcase any other labels? Or why not claim the countdown to Chanel’s show, rather than couture week in general? Here’s an idea: maybe Vogue knows something is up, and they’re trying to get a jump on that sweet SEO traffic.

    After all, it would not be unusual for Vogue — or Wintour — to be on the inside track. As one of the most powerful publications in the industry, Vogue is often granted juicy exclusives. It is also usually privy to information far in advance in order to prepare stories, and get supporting content ready to go. It is not out of the realm of possibility then that if Chanel had news — whether it be as small as a new product drop, or as large as announcing Lagerfeld’s successor — Wintour and Co. would be the first to know.

    If such an exclusive is in the works, you better believe all parties involved will be guarding the secret like Fort Knox, so the likelihood of knowing about the story before it drops are pretty slim. Still, even if this whole Vogue-Runway-couture-post-featuring-only-Chanel-looks thing turns out to be a red herring, it’s only a matter of time before Lagerfeld and Chanel part ways. And whenever and however that happens, one thing is for sure — whoever gets to the story first is going to have a massive traffic hit on their hands.

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    That was the first thing I thought when I saw Vogue posting those old Chanel HC shows in HQ. It would look tasteless to post them when it happens, and yet everyone will want to revisit Karl's legacy, so it's good to have them up in advance.
     
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    Stephen Gan is also a very close friend of Karl...
    But if Karl retires from Chanel, it also means that he retires from Fendi.

    I think he might retire this year, maybe after the RTW shows but I don’t see him at Chanel or Fendi by September.
     
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    EstefaniaAbaddon Well-Known Member

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    Let's all pray to the fashion Gods.

    But if that was the case, wouldn't they have his substitute already on the inside? I can't think of a single designer (not working at the moment) to fill those shoes.

    Unless it was Phoebe Philo all along. I don't see it, I would expect someone with more experience like Galliano, but I can't really think of anyone else on the bench at the moment.
     
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    I'm pretty sure they'll stick with Virginie Viard for a while during the transitional period.
     
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    There's some news going around that Karl is dead
     
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