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Karl Lagerfeld at the 2023 Met Gala: What You Need to Know

April 10, 2023 • By Amy Jo Robertson


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The Met Gala is all about celebrating the power of fashion, and one designer who knew that better than anyone else is Karl Lagerfeld.

With his incomparable vision and unique style, he’s been synonymous with high-end luxury fashion for decades. So it is no surprise that the 2023 Met Gala’s theme is “Karl Lagerfeld: A Line Of Beauty.”

The fashion icon may have passed away in 2019, but his legacy lives on through his many contributions to the fashion world. Karl Lagerfeld was known for his impeccable taste and eye for detail, and his former château in France is a testament to that. The home is a work of art, filled with stunning architecture, beautiful decor, and rich history. And now, through ThirdHome, travelers can experience it for themselves.

Here’s what you need to know if you plan to watch this annual event, followed by a few interesting facts about Lagerfeld and how to book a stay at his iconic Château d’Isle-sur-Marne.

When Is the Met Gala in 2023?

The Met Gala at the Costume Institute is an illustrious annual fundraising gala aimed at sustaining and celebrating the institute’s valuable contributions to the global fashion narrative, attracting A-list celebrities, designers, and industry pioneers.

In 2023, the esteemed Met Gala is set to take place on May 1st, celebrating the remarkable legacy of iconic fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld. As a tribute to his lasting impact on the fashion world, the Met’s Costume Institute is set to feature an exhibition named “Karl Lagerfeld: A Line of Beauty.”

Diverging from previous years’ white tie and Americana themes, Vogue has declared a more heartfelt dress code for the evening, simply stated as “In honor of Karl.” This exceptional event promises to offer a reverential homage to Lagerfeld’s timeless style and unparalleled creative vision.

What Happens at the Met Gala?

The Met Gala is one of the most exclusive and highly-anticipated events in the fashion world. Each year, it brings together some of the biggest names in lifestyle, entertainment, sports, and fashion for a night dedicated to celebrating artistry and style.

Guests are asked to dress according to the theme for the evening. For example, in 2019, the theme was “camp.” They usually bring out their most daring looks.

To keep things as private as possible, guests are not allowed to take photos or post anything on social media during the event. It’s a strict rule famously broken in 2017 when celebrities were caught taking selfies in the bathroom.

The night features performances by A-list stars, a cocktail hour with themed drinks and food pairings, and a sit-down dinner at tables adorned with florals and centerpieces inspired by the exhibition’s curation.

Where Is the Met Gala Held?

The 2023 Met Gala pays homage to the late Karl Lagerfeld, a titan in the fashion industry. His illustrious career significantly impacted the evolution of couture. However, it will be held at the same location as always.

This prestigious event is held at the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute in New York City, providing a unique nexus between fashion and the arts. This iconic venue showcases a vast collection of historical and contemporary ensembles. It provides an unparalleled platform for creativity and collaboration.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City

When Does the Met Gala Start?

What channel is the Met Gala on? What time is the Met Gala? These are questions most viewers have. Knowing where to watch the Met Gala can be the difference between witnessing fashion history first-hand or settling for memes after the event is over.

The Met Gala usually starts at 6 pm EST. The best way to watch it is to watch a live stream from a publication like Vogue. Vogue consistently provides a high-quality live stream each year. You can access them via their websites.

Doing so will allow you to watch Met Gala hosts Anna Wintour, Penélope Cruz, Michaela Coel, Roger Federer, and Dua Lipa welcome guests to the event.

About the Met Gala 2023 Theme

As mentioned, this year’s Met Gala theme, “In Honor of Karl,” pays tribute to the iconic fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld. His prolific career shaped the fashion world for over six decades before his death in 2019.

As guests prepare for this momentous event, they have an extensive array of designer options to honor Lagerfeld’s legacy, including the following:

Attendees may opt for contemporary couture from these renowned fashion houses. Or they might try to stand out by donning an eclectic, vintage piece from Lagerfeld’s early days at Balmain in the 1950s.

Whichever direction they choose, guests will undoubtedly dazzle in their sartorial tributes to the legendary designer. It’s poised to be an extra elegant affair this year with few of the campy outfits we’ve seen in recent years (remember Jared Leto carrying his own head?).

Karl Lagerfeld’s Fashion Influence

With a career spanning over six decades, it is no surprise that the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute in New York City wants to honor Lagerfeld’s influence on the fashion world.

Karl Lagerfeld’s impact on fashion is indisputably profound. As a creative force behind brands like Chanel, Fendi, and his eponymous label, Lagerfeld transformed fashion with his ability to blend classic sophistication and contemporary style.

Lagerfeld’s artistry transcended mere aesthetics, nurturing an avant-garde yet timeless approach that impeccably fused classic and contemporary elements.

Acknowledged for his audacity and immaculate design sensibilities, Lagerfeld’s influence on fashion ultimately set the stage for numerous innovations. It inspired generations of aspiring designers. Basically, he’s the reason we have modern-day Chanel and Fendi, along with several other brands.

Karl Lagerfeld Château

As we delve into the realm of haute couture, the monumental contributions of Karl Lagerfeld, the esteemed “Kaiser” of the fashion world, cannot be overemphasized.

This enigmatic creative director and ingenious designer had an unwavering passion for his craft and France’s majestic nation. Fueled by his fascination with La République, Lagerfeld left his native Hamburg, Germany, in his youth and made France his adopted home.

Throughout his extraordinary and glorious career, Lagerfeld amassed an impressive collection of exquisite estates that exemplified his profound love for French culture and history.

Nestled in the most picturesque settings across the country, these properties served as sanctuaries for his tireless creative endeavors and as testaments to his penchant for experiencing the richer intricacies of the country he so cherished.

With each architectural marvel he possessed, Lagerfeld etched his indelible mark on the French landscape. His properties symbolized the enduring legacy of a true visionary. However, few other properties match the majestic nature of the iconic Château d’Isle-sur-Marne.

Karl Lagerfeld's Château d'Isle-sur-Marne exterior shot with bridge

How to Visit the Château d’Isle-sur-Marne

Nestled in the enchanting Champagne region, the Château d’Isle-sur-Marne is a stunning castle that exudes history and charm.

Dating back to 1732, this idyllic haven is encircled by water, presenting a tranquil escape from the bustling world outside. Once home to King Louis XIV’s alleged mistress, this magnificent estate welcomed distinguished guests like French philosopher Denis Diderot.

In its contemporary era, the château found a new chapter as a Karl Lagerfeld house. As a reflection of Lagerfeld’s impeccable taste and appreciation for beauty, the castle underwent a complete restoration. However, it retained its elegant allure while adding modern comforts.

Guests seeking respite in these serene surroundings can relish over 34 acres of private parks and forests. There, the old-world allure melds seamlessly with the château’s contemporary touches.

This opulent estate is a tribute to Lagerfeld’s creative genius and to the rich history of the Château d’Isle-sur-Marne itself. However, it’s not just reserved for A-list celebrities. Our members can book a stay here, too, as part of our luxury home swap service.

For additional high-resolution photos of Château d’Isle-sur-Marne, click here.

ThirdHome Château & Mansion Fast Facts

What is a Home Exchange?

This unique concept works by allowing a homeowner to offer their home for a certain period. In return, they receive travel credits to use to stay in other members’ homes without paying rent. This provides an opportunity to enjoy various accommodations that include:

And yes, it even includes staying at the famous Karl Lagerfeld home in France. Talk about a win-win. You won’t find a stay like this elsewhere.

The only monetary investment you have to make when participating is a small exchange fee. This is considerably lower than the rental charges incurred during a vacation stay. It enables you to experience high-quality, unique stays in luxurious properties worldwide.

Book a Stay with ThirdHome

Are you ready to watch the Met Gala honor Karl Lagerfeld this year? We are too. However, we are even more excited to offer you the chance to stay at the iconic Château d’Isle-sur-Marne.

At ThirdHome, you can book a stay at the Karl Lagerfeld château any time of year. You simply have to sign up for ThirdHome and complete your profile. Then, you’re free to indulge in a luxurious lifestyle and beautiful settings worldwide.

Ready to get started? Click here to learn more about our services. Contact us with questions about how it works. We’re here to help you see new places and make wonderful new memories.

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