In 2013, Cara Delevingne became the first British model to ever walk in the Chanel fall collection. The following year, she walked in the Chanel winter collection. In 2015, she walked in the Chanel spring collection. And in 2016, she walked in the Chanel summer collection. “I’m so grateful to have such a great support system. It’s amazing that I can work and be around people who are so understanding and meant to be there, and then have them help me out with my looks,” she said in an interview with Elle.
So, Cara Delevingne, you had your big break when you got your big break. And it was only because of the way you walked in the Chanel collection of 2016. Thank you, Karl Lagerfeld, for being a role model and a mentor.
2011 was when Cara Delevingne got her big break. That year she walked on the runway for the first time, modeling the Burberry Prorsum A/W collection. The following year, she got an even bigger break when Karl Lagerfeld approached her to walk in his 2012 Chanel couture show. “The first time I met him, I was immediately blown away by his kindness and generosity,” she told Grazia of her first time meeting the famous designer. His kindness was, however, not restricted to their first meeting. Right before walking the show, Delevingne recalls her nerves kicking in. That is until Lagerfeld showed up with the exact words she needed to hear. “I couldn’t believe I was actually asked to do the show. He walked straight up to me and told me ‘You are meant to be here,” she recounted in an interview with Vogue.
After her first Chanel show, Delevingne went on to become a regular on Lagerfeld’s runway. But fashion was only one of the many ways their relationship blossomed. According to the British model, Lagerfeld was more than just a fashion legend — he was also a mentor to many, including her. “Karl really taught me the importance of embracing your weirdness. He was uniquely himself and didn’t care what anyone else thought. I try to live with that attitude every day,” she explained in her interview with Grazia.