In the wake of Karl Lagerfeld’s passing, French fashion house Chanel has released a new episode of its ‘3.55’ podcast. The inaugural guest of the Métier Class by Chanel series was none other than its iconic creative director, who candidly spoke with Monocle’s Editor-in-Chief Tyler Brûlé during one of his final interviews.
It was recorded just hours before the Métiers d’Art show last December and gives a rare glimpse into Lagerfeld’s inner workings. As he delved deep into his creative process, disinterest in social media, and desire to remain a mystery, it was evident that his declining health had no impact on his wisdom and witty spirit. He also touched on the importance of authenticity in the fashion industry, sharply expressing, “Never compare, never compete!”
In the remaining episodes of Métier Class by Chanel, which will be released throughout the month, Brûlé speaks with other integral members of the house. Through his conversations with president of fashion Bruno Pavlovsky, creative consultant Amanda Harlech, and brand ambassador Pharrell Williams, listeners will be given insights into the brand’s attention to detail and legendary artisanship. And for a project of such significance, there was no better place to start than the enlightened mind of Lagerfeld himself, a glimpse of which you’ll get in the interview, below.