The Creative Director Of Chanel Karl Lagerfeld Has Died At Age 85
He designed his first Chanel collection in 1983.
Iconic Chanel designer Karl Lagerfeld has died at age 85.
French magazine Closer reports that the designer has died after a period of ill health that lasted for a number of weeks.
He had missed two of Chanel’s haute couture shows in Paris on January 22, but the fashion company said at the time he was feeling tired.
Paris Match reports that the 85-year-old was hospitalised on Monday night and died this morning.
Chanel confirmed Lagerfeld’s death this afternoon, paying tribute to the “extraordinary creative individual” who took over the house in 1983, ten years after the death of Coco Chanel.
CEO of the fashion house Alain Wertheimer said:
Thanks to his creative genius, generosity and exceptional intuition, Karl Lagerfeld was ahead of his time… Today, not only have I lost a friend, but we have all lost an extraordinary creative mind to whom I gave carte blanche in the early 1980s to reinvent the brand.
Wertheimer has said that Virginie Viard, Lagerfeld’s closest collaborator for 30 years, will oversee the creation of the new collections.
Celebrity friends and fans like Lily Allen, Victoria Beckham and Donatella Versace have also been sharing their memories of the designer.
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Nothing feels right today..at a loss for words and so heartbroken by the loss of Karl. His humor, wit , love and passion for fashion will live on forever. Thank you for the inspiration that you gave to this world and for all of the hearts that you touched in the process. Every time I saw you it felt like the first time & I will miss your hugs so much. I feel so lucky to have been in your presence. Sending my love to the Lagerfeld family and to all closest to him. I am so sorry. We all love you so much .? Rest In Peace KL❤️
“You made me feel like a princess,” wrote Allen, who fronted several campaigns for Chanel in the 2000s. “I never quite understood what you saw in me but I am forever grateful for the support that you and Chanel have given me over the last 15 years.”
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