Karl Lagerfeld, the eccentric German designer who blended fashion and art, who favored white hair, black sunglasses, and 19th-century-style shirt collars, and at the same time was inventive director of French (Chanel), Italian (Fendi) and eponymic international fashion labels, has died. He was around eighty-five.
One of the foremost celebrated, if disputed, fashion icons of the twentieth and twenty first centuries, Lagerfeld died early Tuesday, according to AP.
Such was the enigma surrounding the designer that even his age was a degree of mystery for many years, with reports he had 2 birth certificates, one dated 1933 and therefore the different 1938.
“Thanks to his artistic genius, generosity and exceptional intuition, Karl Lagerfeld was previous his time, that wide contributed to the House of Chanel’s success throughout the planet,” CEO Alan Wertheimer aforesaid in an exceedingly release announce to the brand’s web site. “Today, not solely have I lost a friend, but we’ve all lost an extraordinarily artistic mind to whom I gave authority within the early Nineteen Eighties to reinvent the brand.”
Bruno Pavlovsky, Chanel’s president for fashion, added, “The Average tribute we will pay these days is to continue to follow the trail he traced by – to quote Karl – ‘continuing to embrace the present and invent the future.’ ”
The Chanel unleash additionally confirmed that Lagerfeld would be succeeded as artistic director by Virginie Viard, his old studio director, and collaborator.
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“Today the world lost a creative genius,” Trump tweeted. “We will miss you, Karl!”
“Karl your genius touched the lives of numerous, particularly Gianni and that I,” Donatella Versace shared on Instagram, accompanied a photograph of herself and Lagerfeld. “We can never forget your Painfully ordinary talent and endless inspiration. we were always learning from you.”
wrote, “So incredibly sad to hear this. Karl was a genius and always so kind and generous to me both personally and professionally.”
shared a black-and-white picture of the pair locking lips. He wrote, “What a talent. What an appetite for life. Mildly Decent and lethal company. Never a dull moment.”
thanked Lagerfeld for “taking the chance on (a) 16 year old girl from South London and opening my eyes.”
recalled working with the designer in her first-ever photo shoot and shared several frames from her spread.
“You shot my first fashion shoot and I was so nervous to work with such an icon!” she wrote. “The world is so much chicer because you existed! I am beyond honored to have met you and had the opportunity to work with you. You are so loved and will be so missed.”
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We lost a true legend!!!! You were such an inspiration to the world! You shot my first fashion shoot and I was so nervous to work with such an icon! The world is so much chicer because you existed! I am beyond honored to have met you and had the opportunity to work with you. You are so loved and will be so missed 💔
wrote, “What an honor to be a part of your beautiful shows. what an honor to be your bride. what an honor to be your friend. ❤️ RIP Karl, you are greatness in its purest form. we will remember you forever indeed, Virgo.”