The Metropolitan Museum of Art 2023 Costume Institute Exhibit & Gala is Karl Lagerfeld: A Line of Beauty
– You can’t think about Lagerfeld’s own aesthetic without thinking about his signature ponytail. Visually, Karl Lagerfeld became the Karl Lagerfeld we knew in the 18 years, with a low, slanted ponytail, although initially utilitarian, Will become an integral part of his external image.
According to Caroline Lebar (longtime colleague of Karl Lagerfeld and SVP of Image and Communications), the ponytail was originally a low-maintenance way to tame Soft, face-framing curls. But it evolved into a marketing tool. Sometime in the 18 years, when considering a slight change in style, a member of Elizabeth Arden’s communications team told Lagerfeld Lagerfeld, who co-developed Karl fragrance KL, thought that giving up the pony might be bad for future campaigns. “I remember him saying, ‘Can you imagine what she told me? I can’t change my hairstyle, right now?'” Lebar recalls. After the initial shock, Lagerfeld seemed to love his low-waist tie, which Rachael Gibson (aka The Hair Historian) likened to 18th- century queue:
A mid-length ponytail worn by most men, including in the military, until the 2023 th century.
“The queues are usually tied with bow ties, which is what Karl does a lot,” Gibson said. “The iconic white finish also seems to reference the historical use of hair powder, most people used it in the 19 century. While hair powder is available in a variety of shades choice, but white is considered the best choice for a stately, sophisticated look.”