A couple of weeks ago, the sad news broke: Karl Lagerfeld, one of fashion’s most reputable icons passed away. The man behind Chanel and Fendi died on February 19th, 2019, after battling pancreatic cancer. He kept his illness secret and his passing was a shock to the fashion community. Karl was one of my first inspirations before pursuing my fashion career, so his death hit me especially hard. When I was 19, I struggled to decide what career path I wanted to pursue. At the time, I was working as a waitress, had been graduated from High School for a year and was partying quite heavily . I had no sense of direction and I was certain that post secondary wasn’t for me. One night after a shift at the restaurant, I came home and was flipping through channels before landing on one that was showing a documentary on Chanel. I loved clothes and thought it would be fun to learn more about one of the top fashion brands so I continued to watch. By the end of the documentary, I had felt so inspired by the designs and the way Karl spoke about his collections that I decided to start immediately googling “fashion schools in Canada”. Pretty soon, I came across a highly respected private school and sent in my application. In my application essay, I wrote about Karl Lagerfeld and explained that I was motivated to apply by what I had learned in the documentary. I was hell bent on going to fashion school. A few weeks later, I was accepted into the program and went on to graduate with a formal education in fashion business. In some ways, I can thank Karl for allowing me to have the courage to pursue my dreams in the fashion industry. In honour of Mr. Lagerfeld, this post is dedicated to his most memorable collections over the years.