The style and sweetness worlds are in mourning immediately. Bigger-than-life designer, artistic director behind Chanel and Fenti, and trend trade icon Karl Lagerfeld handed away in Paris on Tuesday. He was 85.

It was rumored that Lagerfeld was ailing when he did not attend the Chanel Haute Couture present in January, and WWD studies that he labored proper up till the tip. His Fendi fall ready-to-wear assortment is scheduled to point out in Milan on Thursday.

The home of Karl Lagerfeld confirmed the information on the designer’s official Instagram. “He was one of the influential and celebrated designers of the 21st century and an iconic, common image of fashion. Pushed by an exceptional sense of creativity, Karl was passionate, highly effective and intensely curious,” reads the caption accompanying a tribute posted to his feed. “He leaves behind a unprecedented legacy as one of many best designers of our time, and there are not any phrases to precise how a lot he will likely be missed.”

The German designer, who moved to Paris an adolescent, started his profession in trend as Pierre Balmain’s assistant in 1955. With stints at Jean Patou, Chloé, and Fendi, Lagerfeld rose via the style ranks to turn into artistic director at Chanel in 1983. His revitalization of the model is famous within the trade. It was Lagerfeld who launched the world-famous “CC” monograph. In over 35 years on the trend home, Lagerfeld and Chanel have turn into inseparable in trend lexicon.

Lagerfeld in his studio in Paris in 1979.


Along with designing for luxurious trend homes, Lagerfeld collaborated with H&M, Coty, Diesel. Even his beloved cat Choupette entered into her personal trend and sweetness collaborations, incomes a reported $four.four million in 2014. Lagerfeld had the facility to make even his cat into a global trend icon — however he additionally used his affect to encourage up-and-coming designers like Jeremy Scott and Victoria Beckham.

Lagerfeld together with his fashions at Chanel’s Fall/Winter Able to Put on present in 2005.


Designers, fashions, and trend editors have come out in tribute of Lagerfeld and his legacy. “So extremely unhappy to listen to this. Karl was a genius and at all times so variety and beneficiant to me each personally and professionally. RIP,” Victoria Beckham wrote on Instagram. Olivier Rousteing additionally took to Instagram to explain what Lagerfeld meant to him: “You have got been a college for all of us, you’ll at all times be current, reminding and defining what trend is.” It is arduous to underestimate Lagerfeld’s legacy throughout the trade as tributes pour in from all corners of the style world.

Lagerfeld kisses his godson Hudson Kroenig throughout at Chanel’s Fall/Winter Able to Put on present in Paris in 2016.


Lagerfeld will likely be remembered as one of the prolific and influential figures in trend, and his trademark white collared shirt, black jacket, sun shades, and ponytail will stay an iconic picture within the trend historical past books.

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