Linda Evangelista is an icon on the Haute Couture and ready-to-wear fashion runway (on the fashion shows). It is one of the super models of the 90s of the previous century. Linda is one of 17 models to which Karl Lagerfeld has contributed to success. This is one of his first muses, the other was Inès de la Fressange (see photo below).
Linda Evangelista, a muse, an icon, a period of the Karl Lagerfeld era
Karl Lagerfeld died on Tuesday February 19 in Paris at the age of 85. The cause of death is unknown. The deceased designer worked with many models during his tenure as Creative Director of Chanel. Inès de la Fressange and Linda Evangelista are two of his first muses.
Lisa Evangelista, one of Karl Lagerfeld’s first muse, the one who is in the cat
The late designer began an iconic legacy by becoming Chanel’s Creative Director in 1983, and helped propel several models to stardom. Although he has worked with many models during his illustrious career, a few have stood out and have become influential muses for Lagerfeld..
Lagerfeld and Evangelista at an event in 1991. Ron Galella / Getty Images
Linda Evangelista: Her career began when she met Karl Lagerfeld in 1985
Linda Evangelista’s career began after meeting Lagerfeld in 1985. She was later recognized as one of the first “models”. On the day of his death, Evangelista shared an Instagram photo with Karl Lagerfeld whose caption read “Great love of my life”.
Linda Evangelista is the Canadian model who was part of The 5 Magnificent ’or The Big five’ in the 1990s alongside Christy Turlington, Claudia Schiffer, Naomi Campbell, Cindy Crawford and Stephanie Seymour.
Linda Evangelista and the beginning of supermodels
This is a woman who has been mistakenly quoted for claiming that she does not get up for less than $ 10,000 a day. (The quote to Vogue magazine in October 1990 was: “We have this line, Christy and I … we don’t wake up for less than $ 10,000 a day”, and it would have been taken out of context).
This woman has been called “goddess” by Tim Blanks, the editor of The Business of Fashion. She has been on the cover of over 700 magazines, including French, Italian and American magazines, and has participated in fashion shows for CHANEL, Gianni Versace, Ralph Lauren and Valentino..
The era of ‘The Big five’
After all, who wouldn’t be a fan of them? These ladies absolutely dominated the fashion scene, going from a magazine cover to another magazine cover and showcasing New York’s most beautiful catwalks with expert catwalks and killer hairstyles..
The paparazzi documented every move with or without a camera, and enthusiastic fans, men and women alike, found themselves sticking their pages on the walls of a sacred chamber.
Maybe girls ‘peak in popularity in the’ 90s was always meant to be short lived.
Soon after Kate Moss joined the modeling circle, The Big Six ’weakened. Although many of them are still in the public sphere, whether involved in fashion in some way or another, they have given way to a new generation of models: the ‘Instagirls’. However, one thing is certain: you will not be able to erase this era from the past..
Linda Evangelista talks openly about everything today
“If you don’t look like what you were when you were young, that’s no good. And if you try to do something, people say, ‘Oh, look, she’s trying to look young,’ ”she sums up. “You just can’t win”.
Evangelista admits she learned this anti-aging point of view the hard way when she began posting her posts on her social media, including her Instagram account at @lindaevangelista. Although she has long hesitated to share her personal life too much with the public, she was curious to share snapshots with her fans..
Linda Evangelista: a makeup icon who had to have her hair cut to see career rocketed
“The early few times that I posted a natural picture of myself without makeup, the comments were like, ‘Oh my God, is she sick?’” She recalls, laughing. “They expect you to look like your Italian Vogue photos – I don’t look like my Italian Vogue photos! It’s like four hours of hair and makeup later “.
Linda Evangelista and her “modified reality” theory
“So when you give them the real one, they don’t really want it – not me,” she continues. “Everyone else is so transparent and refreshing. I give it to them and they say to themselves: “Oh my God!” “.
The feedback, along with her own growing distrust of the “reality” she sees shared online, ultimately skewed her opinion on platforms. “Social media ruined everything. Absolutely everything. I don’t even know what the truth is or what the reality is. Everything is messed up, ”she said.
From Linda Evangelista to Kendall Jenner, here are 15 models who worked closely with Lagerfeld early in their careers.
… via Claudia Schiffer
She started shutting down her shows in the early ’90s, continuing the tradition of ending the show in a couture wedding dress. “I would say Karl Lagerfeld [was my mentor], especially since we worked so much together,” she said in an interview with Vogue in 2012. Claudia Schiffer went on to become one of the first. muses of Lagerfeld.
Schiffer posted a tribute to Lagerfeld on Instagram the day he died, calling him “irreplaceable”. “Karl was my magic dust, he transformed me from a shy German girl into a supermodel,” she wrote in the caption.
Lagerfeld and Schiffer in 1992. Swimming pool ARNAL / PICOT / Getty Images
Inès De La Fressange “Parisian chic” is an elegant and practical delight
Inès de la Fressange is one of Lagerfeld’s most iconic and oldest muses. According to The Huffington Post, she became the first model to sign an exclusive deal with a fashion house when she became the face of Chanel in the 1980s. “She is beyond stunning,” Lagerfeld told WWD . “Besides, she’s a Parisian”.
Karl Lagerfeld in a fitting with Inès de la Fressange in 1983. Pierre Vauthey / Getty Images
Alek Wek wearing the iconic Chanel brand wedding dress
Alek Wek made history when she walked the Chanel catwalk in 2004. She became the first black model to wear one of the brand’s signature wedding dresses..
Alek Wek wrote the history of Chanel. Michel Dufour / Getty Images
Kristen McMenamy also developed a close friendship with Lagerfeld. The two became so close that Lagerfeld accompanied her to her wedding in October 1997..
Lagerfeld took McMenamy to the altar at his wedding. Dave Benett / Getty Images
Stella Tennant: Another Karl Lagerfeld Muse
Stella Tennant has become another important muse thanks to her resemblance to Coco Chanel. She made her debut in the 1990s and continued to model for the brand years later. She recently visited the brand’s exhibition for its 2017 cruise collection.
Lagerfeld and Tennant in 1996. Time and Life Images / Getty Images
Karl Lagerfeld added a new look to Chanel shows in 1997
In fact, it was Devon Aoki who added a new look to Chanel’s shows in 1997. She became a staple of Lagerfeld shows, which marked a shift towards more diversity in haute couture fashion shows. “Not everyone looks slim and glued thin,” she told The Independent in 1999. “There’s more diversity now. It’s okay to be shorter and look a little different “.
Aoki and Lagerfeld in 2000. Daniel Simon / Getty Images
Baptiste Giabiconi is Karl Lagerfeld’s male muse
Baptiste Giabiconi became one of Lagerfeld’s few male muses after discovering the model in 2008. According to The Cut, Lagerfeld once described Giabiconi as “lean, lean but with an athletic body – good for clothes and perfect. unclothed”.
Giabiconi and Lagerfeld in 2010. Daniele Venturelli / Getty Images
Cara Delevingne has become a regular at Chanel shows
Delevingne even walked the runway hand in hand alongside the iconic designer. Although Delevingne has definitely become one of her most recent muses, he got a slightly offbeat compliment when asked what she was made of. “She’s not an unusual beauty,” Lagerfeld told The Guardian. Was it Bacon who said “There is no beauty without some strangeness in the proportions”.
Delevingne and Lagerfeld during Paris Fashion Week in 2014. Francois Durand / Getty Images
Diane Kruger and Karl Lagerfeld, true friends
Lagerfeld and Diane Kruger became close friends early in his career. She opened up about her relationship with Lagerfeld in an interview with The Edit in 2016, calling him “funny and cynical, very educated, very cultured. “He lives in books, always has good recommendations.” Kruger paid tribute to him on Instagram after his death, writing: “I will never forget your kindness to me, your laughter, your imagination”.
Lagerfeld and Kruger at a Chanel show in 2005. Michel Dufour / Getty Images
Kimora Lee Simmons also worked closely with Karl Lagerfeld early in her career. According to WWD, she signed an exclusive contract with Chanel at age 13 and then closed her haute couture show in 1989..
Lee Simmons and Lagerfeld in 2008. Jamie McCarthy / Getty Images
Vanessa Paradis and Karl Lagerfeld
Vanessa Paradis rose to fame in the modeling world after becoming a Chanel Ambassador in 1991. She spoke to S Magazine about her love for Lagerfeld in May 2018. “I love the way he talks to the people he works with”, she told S Magazine. “He includes them so much, he respects them, he praises them and everyone has wings when he works with him”.
Paradis and Lagerfeld in 2004. Serge Benhamou / Karl Lagerfeld
Lily-Rose Depp was another recent face of Lagerfeld
The model followed in her mother’s footsteps, Vanessa Paradis, getting her first job with the brand in 2015. She went on to become the face of Chanel N ° 5 L’Eau. She also posted an Instagram tribute to Lagerfeld, writing: “Your kindness, humor and loyalty will live on in the hearts of those who have known you and your genius will live on forever”.
Depp and Lagerfeld for Chanel Spring Summer 2017 fashion show Pascal Le Segretain / Getty Images
Luna Bijl’s choice to open and close some of Lagerfeld’s latest shows
She debuted in 2016 and quickly became a staple of Chanel’s catwalks..
Luna Bijl at the Chanel Fall / Winter 2018/2019 show in March 2018. Peter White / Getty Images
Adut Akech followed in Wek’s footsteps in 2018
The Sudanese model was chosen by Lagerfeld as the second black woman to emulate Chanel’s bridal look on the catwalk. “I can’t believe I just made history as Chanel’s second black bride, that’s one of my proudest accomplishments.” !
Wek walked in a mint green wedding dress. Stéphane Cardinale – Corbis / Getty Images
Kendall Jenner and Kaia Gerber recently worked closely with Lagerfeld
Lagerfeld began working closely with Kendall Jenner in 2014. Jenner appeared on her first Chanel show in 2015, and Lagerfeld went on to photograph Jenner for the September 2015 issue of Vogue. ” There was a good feeling we got in her Lagerfeld told Harper’s Bazaar when he first met Jenner. “And I don’t see that with everyone!” There is something very warm, human and sweet about her ”.
Jenner and Lagerfeld in 2017. Victor Boyko / Getty Images
17-year-old Kaia Gerber was one of Lagerfeld’s most recent muses
In the photo below you see Gerber (center) with Lagerfeld (left) and Pier Paolo Righi (right) in 2018 (Francois Durand / Getty Images). Lagerfeld chose Gerber to open the Chanel Spring / Summer 2018 show and then asked her to create a capsule collection for the brand later in the year. According to Vogue, Lagerfeld praised Gerber’s “young and independent attitude”.