PARIS — It was a moment for the fashion industry to come together, momentarily put their competitive instincts and egos aside, and honor one of its greats, Karl Lagerfeld, four months after his death in Paris at the age of 85.

A who’s who of designers, business titans, models, actresses and artists — plus a smattering of politicians and society figures — were invited to the celebration, organized by the houses of Chanel, Fendi and Karl Lagerfeld — a cooperation in and of itself unique — and conceived by theater and opera director Robert Carsen.

“I wanted something full of life and unexpected,” Carsen told WWD, adding that the event was designed above all as a “joyful celebration of all things Karl,” in keeping with Lagerfeld’s lighter side.

As guests streamed in, luxury worlds collided. LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton chairman and chief executive officer Bernard Arnault chatted with Alain Wertheimer, the secretive head of Chanel, who had removed his jacket in the balmy venue.

The atmosphere at the Karl Lagerfeld memorial. David Fisher/WWD

When Karl Lagerfeld Launches The Most Fabulous Feline-Friendly, Fashion-Forward Sunglasses Collection…

All dedicated followers of fashion will know of the late Karl Lagerfeld’s love for his beautiful white Birman cat, Choupette. Arguably the richest cat in the world, Choupette became a celebrity in her own right, with an Instagram account (@choupettesdiary) that has amassed almost 300,000 feline followers. A trusted confidante to her master, she followed Karl around the world, from First Class cabins to the catwalks of Paris…

Karl Lagerfeld launches sunglasses collection inspired by Choupette

Now, forever immortalising the love affair between Karl and Choupette, as only fashion knows how, Karl Lagerfeld eyewear has launched a super-chic collection inspired by the feline. The lines mirror that of Choupette’s sleek feline silhouette, with cat ears engraved on the corners. In summer-endorsed colour combinations of mint with crystal rose flashes, black with Havana flash lenses and Blonde Havana with crystal pink lenses, they are surely the ultimate ‘It’ accessory for all loud and proud cat lovers.

By www.mojeh.com & www.wwd.com

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