Then, this morning, Kaiser Karl finished up his fashion week season with Chanel's Fall 2010 collection, showing all the cool girl (literally) looks against a spectacular iceberg backdrop.
Now, the 76-year-old designer is being honored for all his good style deeds by the French government.
Lagerfeld will be decorated as a Commander of the Legion of Honor, reports Vogue UK.
Not only does the official-sounding title go well with Lagerfeld's fashion royalty status, but it will presumably benefit the First Lady of France, Carla Bruni's wardrobe.
The designer -- infamous for shunning curvy women, then embracing them -- is joining the ranks of Giorgio Armani and Valentino, both have received the honor in the last decade.
And just as he is in fashion, Karl is apparently quite the over-achiever in real life. The legion of honor status has five classes and the German-born designer skipped straight to third tier Commander .
That's a step below Yves Saint Laurent's Grand Officier, but, hey, when you're talking about government-appointed honors, who's counting? (OK, I guess we are.)
Lagerfeld is also one busy multitasker -- he's the creative head of three fashion houses: Fendi, Chanel and his namesake collection, and still makes time to go behind the lens.