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!”