Agenda Inc recently pointed out that three luxury players, including Karl Lagerfeld, made Time’s list of the 100 most influential people in the world this year.

Why Karl? It appears that between brunches with his boy toy posse, Lagerfeld has been turning fashion on its head.

According to profiler Zaha Hadid, designer of the Chanel Mobile Pavilion, “the initial context of his work demanded a kind of radicalism. Before Karl, we all looked to couture for inspiration and direction. Now, through his work, fashion originates from the street, the media—anywhere.” Thus Lagerfeld has contributed to the health of the often incestuous fashion industry. Its former tendency towards self-reference and regurgitated repetition brought to mind inbred royalty—a dumbed down pastiche.

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