The German creative director and fashion designer, who died from pancreatic cancer last February at the age of 85 in February, was honoured at the Karl For Ever memorial celebration in Paris.
The event took place during Paris Fashion Week Men’s. It was held at iconic venue Grand Palais, which has often been used as a location for Lagerfeld’s fashion shows over the years.
The supermodel line-up also included Claudia Schiffer – formerly appointed as face of Chanel by Lagerfeld – and Gigi Hadid, in addition to Delevingne, who hosted the ceremony wearing a fluffy pink gown.
Actors Tilda Swinton and Dame Helen Mirren both performed readings during the ceremony, with Mirren reading from Lagerfeld’s memoir, ‘A World According To Karl’ and Swinton reciting from Virginia Woolf’s ‘Orlando’ – a favourite of the late designer.
The event, organised jointly by Chanel, Fendi and Karl Lagerfeld, paid tribute to Lagerfeld’s fashion career at the helm of each of the fashion houses. Artistically, it was arranged by theatre and opera director Robert Carsen.
During the tribute, Delevingne read out a poem about cats by French writer Colette.
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Fashion editor Dame Anna Wintour, who has been editor-in-chief of Vogue since 1988, was also in attendance.
Guests also watched a live performance from American music artist Pharrell Williams.
During the ceremony, giant screens displayed an on-screen tribute to Lagerfeld, featuring clips of Dior creative director Maria Grzia Chiuri and filmmaker Baz Lurhmann.
Choupette – Karl Lagerfeld’s cat and the rumoured heir to the designer’s $150 million fortune – also featured in the clips.