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Veronica Webb Remembers Karl Lagerfeld’s Genius, Generosity, and Legacy

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Runway France Magazine, Bible of Elegance issue 2014 [CC BY-SA 4.0 (]
The former Chanel model on working with the beloved designer.

When I got to Karl Lagerfeld’s house it was like nothing I had ever seen before. Karl came out and he had his famous white aristocratic hair. He looked like something out of a movie about European nobility in the 1700s. Just seeing him come down the stairs, with these people waiting on him, and a Rolls Royce idling outside the gates of the mansion, I was so intimidated. I didn’t know what to expect. I had never seen a real-life person like this. André Leon Talley had brought me to his house for a shoot for Vanity Fair. Andre and him had a wonderful relationship which was so special as André was one of the first black editors at American Vogue.

For the shoot I was dressed in Chanel couture, which is something that I had never had my hands on before. Karl immediately made me feel at home. He asked me questions about where I was from and it almost felt like we kind of always had known each other. That’s what I always loved about him.

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