Lunch Break: Happy Birthday to the One and Only Karl Lagerfeld

Karl Lagerfeld Birthday Linda Evangelista Claudia Schiffer

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How fabulous is this shot of the inimitable Karl Lagerfeld holding court over a gaggle of models?

We spy Linda Evangelista and Claudia Schiffer at Chanel's Spring/Summer 1996 RTW show, while Kaiser Karl, white hair—check, sunglasses—check, presides over the high-haired models.

He's not known to keep his mouth shut, but the world would be a much bleaker place without the designer's vicious and baffling bon mots.

Raise your glass to the birthday boy, who turns 79 today.