Legendary designer Karl Lagerfeld dies at the age of 85

Karl Lagerfeld dead

In a 7 decade career, Lagerfeld created collections simultaneously for the celebrated houses of Chanel and Fendi, in addition to his signature label.

German model Claudia Schiffer and English model Kate Moss though displayed fur creations designed by Karl Lagerfeld for the Fall-Winter ready-to-wear collection of Chanel in Paris.

"I was brought up as a European, I spoke three languages at age six: English, French and German", he told Gala magazine's German edition in 2014.

As Vogue reported today upon the news of his death, concerns about Lagerfeld's health spiked in January after he was absent from the Chanel Haute Couture spring/summer 2019 show. "Fashion and culture has lost a great inspiration".

Fendi's next show is due to take place on Thursday during Milan Fashion Week.

Despite this, he was very kind to his staff at Chanel, generous with his time with journalists and shared his Parisian mansion with a Siamese cat called Choupette.

The fashion legend became creative director of Chanel in 1983, where he turned the French brand into a massive entity with billions of dollars in annual revenue. "And for me the Carnival of Venice lasts all year long". There will never be another Karl Lagerfeld. The fashion icon had that effect on people.

Born Karl Lagerfeldt on September 10, 1933, in Hamburg, he later dropped the final letter in his surname to make his fashion brand more marketable.

Tributes have already started pouring in social media.

But Lagerfeld said she should not have been so flashy with her money.

Lagerfeld then worked for Pierre Balmain and Jean Patou, for whom he was artistic director until 1963, when he went to Italy for a job at Fendi. Now, after the news that she has been "entrusted by [Chanel's co-owner] Alain Wertheimer with the creative work for the collections, so that the legacy of Gabrielle Chanel and Karl Lagerfeld can live on", she will find herself in the spotlight left vacant by her mentor. "When my daughter was younger she used to say 'I will grow up and I will make a lot of money and I will buy you a pair of shoes. and later with her first salary, she offered me my first pair of Chanel shoes!"

He never ceased to shake up the storied house, sending out a logo-emblazoned bikini so small the top looked like pasties on a string and another collection that dispensed entirely with bottoms, with the models wearing little jackets over opaque tights instead.

Mr Arnault said that they "owe him a great deal" and that "his taste and talent were the most exceptional I have ever known". While Chanel sought to avoid spreading alarm by saying that the designer was "feeling tired", it confirmed that it was the Lagerfeld's request that Viard "represent him and greet the guests".

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