Karl Lagerfeld To Receive The Fashion Visionary Award. The Fashion Institute of Technology will honor Karl Lagerfeld, head designer and creative director of Chanel, on September 10. This prestigious award is yet another massive accolade to add to his several awards. Diane Kruger, his muse, will present him with the Fashion Visionary Award at the Couture Council Luncheon on September 10. “In recognition of his unparalleled role as a creative force in the world of fashion, we have chosen to bestow on Karl Lagerfeld, The Couture Council Fashion Visionary Award.,” Dr. Valerie Steele, director of The Museum at FIT, said. “This unique award was created exclusively for Karl Lagerfeld. Since his arrival at Chanel in 1983, Karl Lagerfeld has brought the company to the forefront of innovation and creativity and has continuously maintained Chanel’s position as the most coveted fashion label in the world. Not only is Lagerfeld an inimitable designer, he is also an acclaimed photographer, publisher, renowned collector, and a true connoisseur.” Lagerfeld was chosen to receive The Couture Council Fashion Visionary Award by the Couture Council Advisory Committee, an independent group consisting of curators, editors, and retailers.