He's the king, he's "the kaiser," and to some he may even be like the pope, but however you choose to see him, it's undeniable that Karl Lagerfeld has a hold over the fashion industry. (Even his cat is famous.) The son of a German condensed-milk salesman, Lagerfeld made a name for himself in the fashion world at age 20 when he was hired as Pierre Balmain's assistant. He's since changed his name twice, (his actual name is Karl Lagerfeldt, but he dropped the "t," because without it, his name sounded "more commercial") and designed for brands like Chloé, Fendi, and, of course, Chanel, which he joined in 1983. His designs may be influential, but his own sartorial choices are just as legendary. In honor of Karl's 80th birthday, we've culled some of his best looks through the years.