Karl Lagerfeld's Chanel autumn/winter 2005/6 haute couture show was the ultimate proof of his genius for interweaving art, photography and high fashion.


If ever there was a pioneer of crossover it has to be King Karl. Photographer, art collector, author, publisher and designer, this "unparalleled interpreter of the mood of the moment" as Vogue has described him, began his creative ascent when he joined the house of Balmain age 17. Never afraid of the new in 50 years of designing, he darts to the core of the zeitgeist in all artistic fields to invent his very own patterns and shapes. Imagery, though, is his prime motivator. "My fashion evolution is helped by photography; and photography pushes me to be interested more than ever in fashion," he once said. With this selection of shots from his Chanel 2005/6 collection, we show how his ever-rolling camera propels him to new couture heights.