Fashion icon Karl Lagerfeld dies at 85

The legendary Karl Lagerfeld died on February 19 in Paris following a short illness.

“Today the world lost a giant among men,” said Anna Wintour, editor-in-chief of Vogue magazine, in a statement. “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.”

Born in Hamburg in 1933, Lagerfeld began as an apprentice to designer Pierre Balmain before moving on to Patou and Chloe and then Italian brand Fendi. He gained his superstar fame after he joined Chanel.

Lagerfeld has been credited with transforming the brand ever since he joined in 1983.

His deputy, Virginie Viard, will succeed him as creative chief.


His signature look, sporting a ponytail, dark suits, and dark sunglasses, has become an iconic one. Here, he is pictured with singer Lady Gaga. (Photo: Shutterstock)

Tributes have poured in from celebrities all over the globe.

“His humor, wit, love and passion for fashion will live on forever,” said model Bella Hadid in her Instagram tribute. “Thank you for the inspiration that you gave to this world and for all the hearts that you touched in the process.”

Donatella Versace cited Lagerfeld as a source of inspiration for her and her brother. “We are always learning from you,” she says on her Instagram post.

Rest in peace, Karl Lagerfeld.

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