Karl Lagerfeld Celebrated at the Met Gala 2023

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Karl Lagerfeld, the genius behind top designer brands such as Chanel, Balmain, and Fendi, is to be celebrated at the Met Gala 2023. Per usual, this glorious night, the apogee of haute couture in the world of celebrities, will take place on the first Monday of May 2023. Get ready for the Karl Lagerfeld Met Gala 2023 with Love Happens Mag.

Another year, another fabulous night at the Met.

For those who still don’t really understand the meaning behind the celebration, its history might sound a little confusing but bear with me.

The first Met Gala dates back to 1948. Why? Well, no party really needs a reason other than good wine and fabulous fashion! But since you asked… Created by publicist Eleanor Lambert, the gala began as a fundraiser for the Metropolitan Museum of Art, founded in 1870 by a group of businessmen in hopes of ending the elitization of art and culture. Though it wasn’t until Diana Vreeland took a chair that the Met became what we know it as today. Not only did the venue shift, but also the structure of the whole event. Now, a theme was mandatory, and so started the show’s one-of-a-kind looks.

Nowadays, with Anna Wintour—editor in chief of Vogue—in charge, the Met has transformed into perhaps the most influential fashion night in the entire world. From actresses to musicians, reality TV stars (and even tiktokers!), the Met Gala is the place to be and the event to cover if you have any interest in fashion or art, for that matter.

As for 2023, the Met Gala will be all about the icon that was Karl Lagerfeld.

I don’t want to be real in other people’s lives. I want to be an apparition.

Karl Lagerfeld

Channeling Karl Lagerfeld Evening Wear Vibes

elie saab pink evening gown

Elie Saab

Embellished gathered jersey gown


Green & Red Gripoix Dangle Necklace

Karl Lagerfeld Met Gala 2023 tom ford

Tom Ford

Mirror Padlock T-Strap Chain Leather Sandals

Karl Lagerfeld Met Gala 2023 balmain


All Over Destroy Embellished mini dress

Karl Lagerfeld Met Gala 2023 alexander mcqueen clutch

Alexander McQueen

Four-Ring Croc-Embossed Clutch

jimmy choo shoes

Jimmy Choo

Josefine Crystal Strappy Sandals

16arlington jumpsuit


Off-the-shoulder feather jumpsuit

jimmy choos classic pump Karl Lagerfeld Met Gala 2023

Jimmy Choo

100 crystal-embellished pumps

danielle frankel leona tulle evening gown white

Danielle Frankel

Leona cold-shoulder cady and tulle gown

garrad earrings


Blaze 18-karat rose gold earrings

christian louboutin paten leather waller on chain

Christian Louboutin

Carasky patent leather wallet on chain

christian louboutin so kate paten leather red pumps Karl Lagerfeld Met Gala 2023

Christian Louboutin

So Kate 120 patent leather pumps

Karl Otto Lagerfeld — The Life of a Mastermind

On September 10th, a star is born in Hamburg, Germany. And although much is yet to be discovered about the childhood of Karl Lagerfeld, one thing is for sure: the man was born to create.

Karl entered the world of fashion in 1954 after winning the first prize at the International Wool Secretariat. And later, in 1955, he went to work for Pierre Balmain, who gave life to Karl’s designs. Soon, though, Lagerfeld understood how truly talented he was and became a freelance designer for the most renowned luxury brands such as Chloé, Krizia, Valentino, and shoemaker Charles Jourdan. Karl was just getting started. Fendi enters the picture with the proposition to make him the new consultant director with the intent of modernizing the fur line and later, the brand in general. At Fendi, Karl reinvented furs as we knew them at the time, with new textures, techniques, and looks.

Never leaving Fendi behind but finding a home in Chanel in 1983, Karl is unstoppable! By creating the meticulously perfect blend of the classic Chanel sartorial strategy of a “total look” with new colors and patterns, Karl meets his destiny. And how hard must it be for this man to be the one to save Chanel from falling out the radar? Times were changing, and society, especially women, wanted to feel something, to be free, and to have clothing pieces that made sense for their everyday needs. And that’s what Karl created: a Chanel closet for the everyday working woman, for the young lady in pursuit of a career, and for the classy and wise woman celebrating a long and amazing life while at a cocktail party with friends.

Karl Lagerfeld’s Style

For him, fashion was all about mixing the classics with contemporary key elements to create the fashion of tomorrow.

Our love affair with Fendi, Chanel, and Balmain has never been a secret well-kept, so it would only make sense for us to also be obsessed with the man who reimagined the future of such Couture Houses. Karl Lagerfeld was the haute of all things decadent, with touches of drama and a sparkle of contemporaneity.

If you are still curious to find out more about one of the best designers, don’t forget to read our Tribute to Karl Lagerfeld!

Bejeweled Karl Lagerfeld Vibes

oscar de la renta metallic lame gown Karl Lagerfeld Met Gala 2023

Oscar de la Renta

One-Shoulder Pleated Metallic Lame Gown

yeprem diamond earrings


18-karat white gold diamond earrings

givenchy emeblissed sandals


G Woven embellished leather sandals

oscar de la renta floral sequin gown Karl Lagerfeld Met Gala 2023

Oscar de la Renta

Floral Sequin Embroidered Gown

Irene Neuwirth earrings

Irene Neuwirth

18-karat gold and diamond earrings

ileana makri emerald and gold ring

Ileana Makri

Rivulet Spread 18kt gold ring with emeralds

valentino garavani pink shoulder bag

Valentino Garavani

Locò Small leather shoulder bag

acquazzura metallic leather sandals


Olie 105 metallic leather sandals

addicata mirror koket

Karl Lagerfeld A Line of Beauty Exhibition

Karl wasn’t big on fashion museums. He believed that garments were supposed to be put in motion, to be worn. In his words: fashion is not art – fashion belongs to the street, to women’s bodies, to the bodies of men. And that is why this is no regular art exposition.

From May 5 to July 16, at The Met, all eyes will be on Karl Lagerfeld’s—A Line of Beauty—masterpiece! A fashion exhibition of approximately 150 pieces alongside some of the most iconic sketches left to come to life by the designer’s head seamstresses.

If you can, this will surely be a must-see experience, a fantasy made possible by Chanel and Fendi in collaboration with the Costume Institute.

The exhibition, more than an ode to the artist, is also a study of the evolution of fashion itself. A close look at the mysteries of the art we wear. The magic of turning a two-dimensional drawing into three-dimensional garments, all while staying true to his singular style but keeping in mind the functionality of it all. The designs are proof of the meticulous, almost alchemical, process of creation from the first line to the last stitch.

Classic Karl Lagerfeld Vibes

chloe karl lagerfeld black dress with beads met gala 2023


1970’s Karl Lagerfeld black dress with beads

louis vuitton sequin puchette

Louis Vuitton

Black Monogram Sequin Pochette

fendi leather gold sandals


Signature leather sandals

Karl Lagerfeld Met Gala black chiffon dress

Karl Lagerfeld

Black Chiffon Dress with Embellished Bust

chanel gold and faux peral cc earrings


Gold & Faux Pearl ‘CC’ earrings

chanel and faux pearl cc bracelet


Gold & Faux Pearl ‘CC’ bracelet

chanel pre-owned stich bandbag 2005

Chanel Pre-Owned

2005 Wild Stitch handbag

manolo blahnik lace pumps met gala 2023

Manolo Blahnik

Riona Silk Pearly-Bracelet Lace Pumps

What to expect at the Karl Lagerfeld Met Gala 2023

No surprise here; we are expecting lots of Chanel and Balmain on the glorious staircase of The Met. For the bravest of all, true vintage Karl Lagerfeld looks. Lots of lace, pearls, and black will appear like never before. Fendi and Patou won’t be far from the media’s attention either. But above all, this year’s Met Gala will be embellished with true union and pride to have lived and experienced the brilliance that was Karl Lagerfeld.

Words by Mariana Silva
Feature Image by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images

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