Virginie Viard has been named as Karl Lagerfeld's successor at Chanel following news of the 85-year-old fashion icon's death on Tuesday.
Dubbed Lagerfeld's “right hand woman”, Viard first joined the luxury label in 1987. Soon she was put in charge of embroidery at the brand.
“Virginie Viard and Karl Lagerfeld' closest collaborator for more than 30 years, has been entrusted with the creative work for the collections, so that the legacy of Gabrielle Chanel and Karl Lagerfeld can live on,” the statement read.
As part of her role as director of Studio Chanel, Viard would oversee eight Chanel collections a year. “I make the collections come to life with the ateliers and the Métiers d' Art houses, based on Karl's sketches,” Viard said in 2017.
作为品牌的创意总监，维吉妮一部分工作就是是监制香奈儿的8个系列。“在卡尔手稿的基础上，我同工作室及Métiers d' Art手工坊使这些系列焕发生机。”
“I coordinate the teams, liaise with suppliers and choose fabrics. Then, of course, I do fittings with Karl. As soon as I receive his sketches, the process begins. I try to please him, but I like to surprise him too.”
Lagerfeld once described their working relationship as “essential, doubled by a very real friendship and affection”.
Following the news of Viard's appointment as the new creative director of Chanel, several people have been showing support for her.
“If anyone knows Chanel, it's Virginie Viard,” one person said.