Met Gala 2023: Sofia Coppola on Her Favourite Memories With Karl Lagerfeld and CHANEL

Moments before the highly anticipated Met Gala in honour of the late Karl Lagerfeld, we caught up with CHANEL Brand Ambassador Sofia Coppola as she got ready to walk the red carpet. The acclaimed filmmaker shared her favourite memories with Karl Lagerfeld and what this tribute to Karl means to her.

Sofia Coppola wore a white organza pleated blouse with a long black silk crêpe skirt embellished with silk crêpe belt embroidered with golden sequins and imitation pearls, look 43, from the Haute Couture Spring-Summer 2001 collection. CHANEL bag and shoes. PERSANE cuffs in 18K yellow gold, pink tourmalines, tsavorites, rubellites and diamonds CHANEL High Jewelry. FLEUR DE LAQUE earrings in 18K white gold, yellow gold, mother-of-pearls and diamonds CHANEL High Jewelry. CHANEL Makeup.

Three adjectives to describe Karl Lagerfeld?

“Creative, fun, generous.”

Can you tell us about your first meeting with Karl Lagerfeld?

“I went to Chanel as an intern at 15 and thought it would be a serious, intimidating place—I was surprised
at how lively and fun Karl’s studio was!”

What is your best memory with Karl Lagerfeld?

“Watching him work in the studio, fitting the models—Veronica Webb walking around in ’80s CHANEL
looks and them styling the girls.”

The most amazing CHANEL fashion show under Karl Lagerfeld you’ve ever attended?

“There was so many—I was glad I got to see the rocket take off, but also the last one I saw in Paris with
his Italian garden with real flowers was incredible and the MET Egyptian one!”

How is the look you are wearing tonight iconic to CHANEL?

“I think it’s so CHANEL and so Karl for CHANEL!”

How is sharing this moment of Karl’s celebration with Virginie Viard so important?

“I know how important Karl was to her and he was important to me as a young impressionable girl, I’m
happy to be with her to celebrate him and also to see this exhibit and his legacy.”