How many collections does Karl Lagerfeld design every year?

Karl Lagerfeld‘s life must be one of the busiest ones. I have always wondered how he manages to do so many things, and asked myself how many collections he designs every year, as he designs for Chanel, Fendi, and his own label. So I made the calculation. And it is astounding.

Before continuing with the adds, let me say that I’m aware that he has a huge team and he probably doesn’t take care of every little detail. But still…

CHANEL
· 2 Ready to wear collections
· 2 Haute Couture collections
· 1 Cruise collection
· 1 Pre-fall collection
· 1 Métiers d’Art collection

FENDI
· 2 Ready to wear collections for women
· 2 Ready to wear collections for men
· 1 Cruise collection
· 1 Pre-fall collection

KARL LAGERFELD
· 2 Ready to wear collections for women
· 2 Ready to wear collections for men

TOTAL: 17 COLLECTIONS

If every collection has around 20 looks, that would be 340 looks. As every look has 3-4 pieces (accesories, shoes, outerwear, sunglasses, handbags…), it means he has to design at least 1020 pieces. That is almost 3 pieces each day (including weekends and holidays, but I’m sure Karl doesn’t know those words).

Also, he photographs all the campaigns, which means that he shoots more than 10 campaigns every year (the handbag campaigns, the ready to wear ads, the eyewear shots, the pre-fall ads…)

And he publishes books, organizes exhibitions, photographs editorials, guest-edits magazine issues… Amazing!

According to this Harper’s Bazaar interview, he always sleeps seven hours, sketches until 5PM at his home, then goes to the atelier.

I wonder the same thing about Marc Jacobs (he designs for Louis Vuitton, his own label, and Marc by Marc Jacobs), but I think Karl is more prolific.

images: Fendi, zimbio, stylecaster
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