The History of Karl Lagerfeld and Fendi

The most famous fashion designer in the world, Karl Lagerfeld has seen almost 52 years of successfully designing for Fendi. Karl Lagerfeld and Fendi is the longest collaboration in the history of fashion, and also one of the most inspiring.

In this day and age, designers will be lucky to see out four seasons at a particular brand, so to last more than five decades is a pretty impressive. To be so successful every season for five decades is outstanding.


When asked about his time at Fendi, Lagerfeld told Harper’s Bazaar

It’s the longest collaboration in fashion. No one has lived long enough to do it for such a long time, and I’m not tired of it at all. I even think I work better today and have a clearer head. My work is a bigger priority now than when I was younger, and it’s a very good thing.

Karl was born in Hamburg, Germany and has many different stories both about his birth date as well as exactly who his parents are. The designer has had his fair share of controversial moments, including his 1993 show that Vogue Editor in Chief Anna Wintour stormed out of after he casted strippers and porn stars to walk the runway.

His shock of white hair and dark sunglasses, matched with his glamorous suiting make Lagerfeld the most recognisable face in fashion.

This year we saw Lagerfeld feature in a really strong campaign for Fendi alongside Bella and Gigi Hadid, in what looked like your nan’s living room. Fendi continue to set the standard for a powerful theme running throughout their whole collections, each item representing a particular part of the overall story. This season, the Fendi eyewear collection is no different.

Contemporary Visor Sunglasses in Matte Black

Many of the styles have a real futuristic edge to them, like these contemporary visor sunglasses. They’re like a super futuristic take on an aviator style, with the oversize mirror lenses really making them stand out.

FendiBe You Geo Round Sunglasses in Yellow Gold

Bold colours play a key role in the collection, when blended with the geometric shape of the frames it really makes the frames stand out.  Many of the frames also feature a sort of transparent acetate which again plays on the futuristic aesthetic of the sunglasses.

Fendi Be You Square Sunglasses in Pink

These Be You Square sunglasses take on a wayfarer sort of shape. They blend a pink lens with a translucent pink frame to make a really classic silhouette look amazingly contemporary.

Fendi Iridia Cateye Sunglasses in Pink

These Cateye sunglasses take on a really feminine shape, and then combine this with harsh geometric arms that make them distinctively Fendi. The two toned pink frames with the rimless gradient lenses really set the sunglasses apart.

Interestingly, Karl Lagerfeld has his own sunglasses collection coming out very soon. Stay tuned for that one.

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