By Victoria Franciosa

Rome – Toronto

Sophistication welcomes the visitor to Mr. Lagerfeld’s home on the French Riviera. As a true creative, he expressed himself through many different mediums. “We need houses as we need clothes, architecture stimulates fashion. It’s like hunger and thirst — you need them both.”



Karl Lagerfeld

Villa La Vigie




The Mansion To Evoke A Style Revolution



Karl Lagerfeld was famous for his love of black and white and it comes through in his home as well. It is all so clear where the designer must have received much of his inspiration… just walking through these hallways and staircases.



It certainly doesn’t get more opulent than the essence of Karl Lagerfeld, head designer of Chanel since 1982 until his death earlier this year.  Karl basked in style practically his entire life and we see his sense of refined elegance throughout his Monaco home. 


Classical Tuscan columns holding up immaculately curved arches of perfected architecture wrap around the balcony and deliver a view of the French Riviera.



Built by media mogul Sir William Ingram in 1902, Villa La Vigie is the epitome of a white castle nestled among blue waters and blue skies along the French Riviera of the Mediterranean Coast, overlooking both Roquebrune Cap Martin Bay and the Principality of Monaco. 


Variations of white and ivory set the tone of the marble floors and inlays in this bright and spacious washroom, with double French doors to flood the room with a fresh breeze.



Villa La Vigie has a colorful history, with its convenient location, and it became an observation post when occupied by German Forces during the war, when the grounds were covered with minefields and barbed wire.  Restoration of this beautiful estate took place in the 1950s, reinvigorating the beauty of this charming and opulent paradise. 


The setting of this patio is picture perfect with the contrasting elements of a stoic ivory building against the backdrop of a perfect blue sky. “I’m very down to Earth, I’m just not from this Earth.”



As you drive up the private road, which is surrounded by wooded parks, you get the sense of the home when it was filled with exotic birds and other unusual animals. 


“I love classic beauty. It’s an idea of beauty with no standard.” Well, standards are very high in these perfectly manicured landscapes amid a towering three floors of French Colonial elegance.



Built on a total of three floors, presenting an unforgettable entrance hallway and strikingly graphic staircase, all six bedrooms have their very own view of the sea, with either adjoining or shared bathrooms.  Luxury is found in the refined marble columns, high ceilings, and fireplaces.  The 711 sq. ft. terrace boasts a luxurious jacuzzi that overlooks the sea.


“People who do a job that claims to be creative have to be alone to recharge their batteries. You can’t live 24 hours a day in the spotlight and remain creative. For people like me, solitude is a victory.” Karl Lagerfeld



Karl is a known lover of books and has collected well over 300,000, most of them housed in the property library.  A billiards room stands close by.  


The location is just minutes to Monaco and Italy, an hour to Cannes and two hours to Saint-Tropez. 




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