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In case you missed it, this year’s Met Gala is dedicated to the legacy of fashion’s most hyperactive and prolific mastermind, Karl Lagerfeld, a designer who put even the most adroit multitaskers to shame and whose uniform (staunchly starched collars, ponytail) became the stuff of legend. 

With “Karl Lagerfeld: A Line of Beauty,” Andrew Bolton, the Costume Institute’s Wendy Yu curator in charge, and longtime Lagerfeld collaborator Amanda Harlech, the exhibition’s creative consultant, have the tall order of synthesizing the designer’s career into about 150 looks. But thankfully, at this year’s Met Gala, paying tribute to Mr. Lagerfeld is not a task solely for the curators, as the 2023 dress code is “in honor of Karl.” 

It’s a moment for all the esteemed guests to salute one of fashion’s greats, and from our perspective, the theme has multiple, wondrous ways into it. Lagerfeld, in case you forgot, designed for a handful of houses—Balmain, Patou, Chloé, Fendi, Chanel, and his eponymous brand—so there’s a rich trove of materials, eras, and aesthetics to mine for inspiration. And so honoring Lagerfeld on the Met Gala red carpet leaves the attendees, which include cochairs Michaela Coel, Penélope Cruz, Roger Federer, and Dua Lipa, with three options. The first, most authentic approach would be to wear an archival look from one of the labels Lagerfeld led; the second would be to sport modern-day Chanel or Fendi, two houses on which Lagerfeld left an indelible impression; and the third—and perhaps most obvious? To find a Choupette all your own and dress à la Lagerfeld. 

Which route will secure a glamorous attendee a spot on our best dressed list? A look with originality! Lagerfeld, we guess, would have hated a half-hearted homage, and with such an immense oeuvre, guests shouldn’t have any trouble unearthing a one-of-a-kind piece.

A young Karl Lagerfeld as head designer at Jean Patou, July 21, 1958Photo: Getty Images

Lagerfeld at work at the Chloé atelier in Paris, February 12, 1977Photo: Getty Images

For those going the vintage route, kudos to any guest who turns up at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in an archival Balmain frock dating between 1955 and 1958—the period when Lagerfeld served as Pierre Balmain’s assistant. Guests could also aim for Patou pieces from between 1958 and 1963, when Lagerfeld served as head designer and ushered the label into the swinging 1960s. Then, of course, guests have two Chloé eras to pull from; Lagerfeld helmed the Parisian label from 1963 to 1983 and again from 1992 to 1997, effectively creating the quintessentially romantic Chloé girl. 

And let’s not forget about Fendi. From 1965 onward, Lagerfeld led the design team of the Roman fur turned ready-to-wear label; he conceived of the double-F logo and monogram design, which—fun fact!—stood not for “Fendi-Fendi” but “Fun Fur.” Lagerfeld dipped minks in technicolor dyes, patchworked them like quilts, shaved them for added texture, and, all in all, pushed the boundaries before the brand began phasing fur out. Most any vintage Fendi red-carpet ensemble would feel right at home at this year’s Met Gala.

Karl Lagerfeld backstage at the Fendi fall-winter 2010 show, February 25, 2010WWD/Getty Images

Karl Lagerfeld and Silvia Venturini Fendi at the Fendi spring-summer 2015 show, September 18, 2014Tullio M. Puglia/Getty Images

Karl Lagerfeld, Jerry Hall (lying down), and models at the 1985–1986 fall-winter Chanel collection in ParisPhoto: Getty Images

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