REMEMBERING KARL

“Improvise. Become more creative. Not because you have to, but because you want to. Evolution is the secret for the next step.”

-- Karl Lagerfeld

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Like many, I was deeply saddened to learn of Karl Lagerfeld’s passing this week. He was truly a creative genius who never grew uninspired and whose remarkable career spanned more than half a century. I really admire his ability to generate such unique work as creative director for multiple fashion houses at once, and constantly reinvent, while remaining true to his brands’ DNA. No doubt, we lost an inimitable icon who created some of the world’s most significant and timeless art. To try and articulate the contributions he made to the world would be a disservice; his impact on fashion, design, culture and society are too great to even fully comprehend. His legacy and indelible imprint will inevitably live on. And, I know I’ll cherish my inspiration drawn from him along with his designs that hang in my closet.

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One of my favorite Karl memories was seeing him photographed with Dottling, the safe company that LA Closet Design represents in the U.S. Dressed in his typical “uniform” he helped make the Dottling look ultra-chic.

Another memory is when I saw a story a few years ago that toured Karl’s spacious pied-à-terre. I found it fascinating that a person with such a vibrant design aesthetic retreated to a monochromatic, and in some spaces, sterile-feeling, home. While his muted gray apartment straddled modern and classic, the most memorable part of his home was not his closet (surprisingly!), but rather his insane book collection. I’d love to know when he found time to read while designing for multiple fashion houses!

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Not only was Karl a visionary in the fashion world, he had an undeniable aesthetic that was entirely his own, and allowed him to seamlessly bridge the gap between fashion and interiors! Most recently, the Hotel de Crillon in Paris commissioned his inimitable eye for the re-design of their most exclusive guest suites. The resulting collaboration was timeless, modern, and clearly Karl.

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As the world mourns, perhaps the best way to pay tribute to the famous fashion fixture is to continue to make the world a chicer place, and purchase a piece of Chanel, Fendi or his namesake Karl Lagerfeld merchandise. If you need some ideas, here are few pieces that are sure to reflect his creative spirit:


Chanel

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Fendi

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Karl Lagerfeld

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LA CLOSET DESIGN X TANIA SARIN

If you’ve been following along on IG, you’ll know we teamed up with fashion influencer and content creator, Tania Sarin, to make all her closet dreams come true! With a moody aesthetic that’s all her own, and a super chic sense of style, Tania’s own personality served up plenty of style inspo for the space. Looking to showcase some of her most current pieces, Tania wanted a space where she could still entertain, shoot looks, and merchandise some of her favorite accessories. The added curve ball in creating this space - it also needed to serve as a bedroom for when guests are in town or friends need a place to crash!

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A first of its kind, we teamed up with AllModern to create this convertible closet/bedroom with an elegant sleeper sofa. They were also so generous in helping incorporate lighting, accessories, and other furnishings!

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The styling and accessories help to elevate the room, so it feels like an extension of the other living spaces. Meanwhile, smaller accessories are neatly tucked away in soft suede inserts.

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The space is a modern, almost masculine mix of dark woods and gold-tone finishes. Contrasted with velvety soft fabrics and a plush area rug, the design is the perfect complement to her tailored mix of clothing and accessories.

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A curated collection of bags (all shapes and sizes!) are neatly displayed in a custom wood cabinet. Each cubby is an opportunity to merchandise with her pieces, and less structured totes are hung from hooks.

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We incorporated floating shelves for a boutique-like display of Tania’s favorite boots and shoes! In this way, her accessories become artwork for the space, and immediately inject her personal style.

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The closet came together as the ultimate chic retreat for Tania! She can dress in here, have friends over, and enjoy being in the space! Three of her favorite prints found the perfect home above the sleeper sofa, and help to showcase her signature style in an artful way. Stay tuned for a full feature in the upcoming issue of Angeleno Mag!

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