Chanel’s Creative Chief Karl Lagerfeld Dies in Paris
The fashion industry mourns the death of one of the most iconic fashion designers Karl Lagerfeld, who died in Paris following a short illness yesterday.
Lately, the German designer – who had been working as the creative director for Chanel and Fendi until his death – missed quite a few events, including the former’s spring/summer show last month. Rumours of his ill health came out.
According to the French media, Karl Lagerfeld was admitted to the hospital a night before he died.
Lagerfeld was known for his signature ponytail, leather gloves and dark glasses. He transformed the fashion industry and gave new heights to Chanel.
“I am like a caricature of myself, and I like that,” Lagerfeld had said about his appearance.
Virginie Viard, Lagerfeld’s deputy at Chanel, would be succeeding him as creative chief, an announcement has been made.
Tributes from the industry
Anna Wintour, editor-in-chief of Vogue magazine, said “Today the world lost a giant among men.”
“Karl was brilliant, he was wicked, he was funny, he was generous beyond measure, and he was deeply kind. I will miss him so very much,” Wintour added.
“Karl your genius touched the lives of so many, especially Gianni and I. We will never forget your incredible talent and endless inspiration. We were always learning from you,” wrote Donatella Versace on her Instagram account.
Alain Wertheimer, chief executive of Chanel, gave Lagerfeld credit for transforming the brand since the time he joined in 1983.
“Thanks to his creative genius, generosity and exceptional intuition, Karl Lagerfeld was ahead of his time, which widely contributed to the House of Chanel’s success throughout the world,” Wertheimer said.
House of Karl Lagerfeld said in a statement, “He leaves behind an extraordinary legacy as one of the greatest designers of our time.”
US First Lady Melania Trump also paid tribute to the genius designer on Twitter by posting pictures of a design that Lagerfeld created for Melania’s first official White House appearance.
“Today the world lost a creative genius. We will miss you Karl! #RIPKarlLagerfeld,” she tweeted.
The designer has also collaborated with brands like H&M, Chloe, and Jean Patou.
Karl Lagerfeld loved his pet cat Choupette, who has a huge fan following on social media. Talks about her fate have been trending on Twitter since the demise of Lagerfeld.
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