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Karl Lagerfeld died in Paris at 85

The world mourns a timeless Fashion icon
By Helena Saadeh
February 19, 2019

After not being able to attend the Chanel Spring 2019 Couture Show, followed by weeks of ill health, multiple sources have reportedly confirmed the death of the timeless fashion icon Karl Lagerfeld at the age of 85. This iconic designer was born Karl Otto Lagerfeld, he was raised in a wealthy family. Karl changed the fashion industry in many ways and he left his irreplaceable mark of Black and White silhouette which became his signature. He was famous for his platinium low ponytail and dark shades. The designer moved to Paris when he was 14 and worked with many famous designers such as Pierre Balmain, Valentino, Chloé, Jean Patou, and many more. He removed the “t” out of his last name which was Lagerfeldt because he thought it would be more commercial. Karl joined Chanel in 1983, about ten years after the death of Coco Chanel. Not only that, but in 2018 he collaborated with Lebanese Architect Aline Asmar D’Amman and created a timeless collection of marble tables, fountains, mirrors and lamps. Outside the fashion industry, Lagerfeld was a photographer and a filmmaker.

Alain Wertheimer, CEO of CHANEL, said: “Thanks to his creative genius, generosity and exceptional intuition, Karl Lagerfeld was ahead of his time, which widely contributed to the House of CHANEL’s success throughout the world. 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.”

Virginie Viard, Director of CHANEL’s Fashion Creation Studio and Karl Lagerfeld’s closest collaborator for more than 30 years, has been entrusted by Alain Wertheimer with the creative work for the collections, so that the legacy of Gabrielle Chanel and Karl Lagerfeld can live on.

The fashion world, including Spécial Madame Figaro, deeply mourns the loss of a timeless, irreplaceable fashion designer who set an example in this field.