Karl Lagerfeld's 45 Most Iconic Chanel Runway Looks

Study up ahead of the 2023 Met Gala, which honors the late designer.

christy turlington in an iconic karl lagerfeld for chanel runway look
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The 2023 Met Gala is almost upon us, and since this year's festivities will honor the work of legendary designer and creative Karl Lagerfeld, we're taking a look back at his most iconic Chanel runway looks—and there are almost too many to count. Since Lagerfeld became the fashion house's creative director in 1983, the late, great creative managed to keep Coco Chanel's spirit alive through the famous tweed skirt suits and classic double-C logo, while also injecting his own perspective into the brand.

Lagerfeld never did anything short of iconic: His runway sets, like his fashion designs, were instantly legendary, creating everything from a full Chanel supermarket to a rocket ship to an iceberg to set the stage for an unforgettable experience. As a tribute to one of the greatest fashion icons of all time, here are Lagerfeld's best runway moments.

Emma Childs
Fashion Features Editor

Emma Childs is the fashion features editor at Marie Claire, who writes trend reports, long-form reported features, and shopping guides. Previously, she was Marie Claire's style editor, and wrote for The Zoe Report, Editorialist, Elite Daily, Bustle, and Mission Magazine. She studied Fashion Studies and New Media at Fordham University Lincoln Center. When she's not writing fashion deep-dives, you'll find her stalking eBay for designer vintage, reading literary fiction on her Kindle, and baking in her tiny NYC kitchen.