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A tribute from a friend

There might not be anything more rewarding than having your hard-work recognised by the overwhelmingly competitive industry in which you have made a brand-name for yourself but in Karl Lagerfeld's case, being given an award in tribute to an old friend must be even more satisfying.

Lagerfeld, head designer and creative director for the fashion house Chanel noted for his predilectation for gothic, vampish black suits and cravats, attended the awards ceremony last night at which Iman and Chanel muses Anna Mouglalis and Freja Beha Erichsen were also present, Vogue Online reveals.

The tribute was made even more touching as Lagerfeld became acquainted with the legendary civil rights photographer, composer and film director George Parks, who inspired the creation of the 'Gordon Parks Foundation Award.'

''I'm so proud, and so very thankful, but I'm never done,' Lagerfeld told WWD. 'I knew Gordon's photos before I knew Gordon, and they left such an impression on me as a student in München. That's what you want, as an artist. That's what I hope for.''

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