Iconic fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld has died at the age of 85 following a short illness.
The German designer, who was the creative director for Chanel and Fendi, was one of the industry’s most prolific figures and hardworking up until his death.His signature ponytail and dark glasses made him an instantly recognisable figure around the world.
Industry heavyweights, including Italian designer Donatella Versace and editor in chief of Vogue magazine Anna Wintour issued heartfelt tributes.
According to wintour the world has lost a giant among men,” said the editor-in-magazine, Anna Wintour.
Rumours of Lagerfeld’s ill health had been circulating for several weeks after he missed a number of events – including Chanel’s spring/summer show last month.
He died on Tuesday morning after being admitted to a hospital in Paris the night before. As a designer he transformed the fortunes of Chanel, one of the leading names in high fashion, but his work also filtered down to the high street. Away from his work, Lagerfeld made headlines for a range of provocative, and sometimes offensive, statements.
Members of the fashion industry have been lining up to praise Lagerfeld’s work. Donatella Versace said his genius had “touched so many” and was a source of inspiration for her and her late brother Anna Wintour described the designer’s “creative genius” as “breathtaking”.
The model, Claudia Schiffer, said: “What Warhol was to art, he was to fashion; he is irreplaceable. He is the only person who could make black and white colourful.”
Chanel’s chief executive, Alain Wertheimer, credited Lagerfeld with transforming the brand after he joined in 1983.
Celebrities including Victoria Beckham, actress Diane Kruger and models Gigi and Bella Hadid have also paid tribute.
US First Lady Melania Trump shared images on Twitter of a design created by Lagerfeld for her first official White House appearance.