Haute-couture designer Karl Lagerfeld has died

Karl Lagerfeld
Karl Lagerfeld (85) dies - reports
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20 February, 2019

Karl was best known as the creative director of the French luxury fashion house Chanel.

This comes after the creative director had missed a number of fashion shows due to ill health.

He was also an impressive linguist, switching between flawless French, English, Italian and his native German during interviews at fashion shows.

Bernard Arnault, chairman and CEO of LVMH, said that "we have lost a creative genius who helped to make Paris the fashion capital of the world and Fendi one of the most innovative Italian houses".

ON EATING MEAT: "I only eat what doesn't look any more like what it was when it was alive". He leaves behind an extraordinary legacy as one of the greatest designers of our time, and there are no words to express how much he will be missed.

"I'm a kind of fashion nymphomaniac who never gets an orgasm", he said in 1984, asked about what he felt after a fashion show.

The German designer, who died Tuesday at the age of 85, transformed Chanel into an enormous global empire.

Fashion world loses one of its most influential designer.

"Now is not the time to discuss his succession". Sending my love to the Lagerfeld family and to all closest to him.

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He was known for staging lavish shows, building Chanel catwalks amid replicas of a supermarket, casino and even an airport terminal.

After cutting his teeth at Paris-based label Chloe, Lagerfeld consolidated his reputation in the 1980s when he revived the flagging fortunes of the storied Paris haute couture label Chanel.

In rare moments when he was not working, Lagerfeld retired to one of his many homes in Paris, Germany, Italy or Monaco, all of them lavish carbon copies of 18th-century interiors.

His outspoken and often stinging remarks on things as diverse as French politics and celebrity waistlines won him the nickname "Kaiser Karl" in the fashion media.

Former spice girl Victoria Beckham also took to Instagram to talk about her experience with Lagerfeld. "Karl was brilliant, he was wicked, he was amusing, he was generous beyond measure, and he was deeply kind".

Donatella Versace called him a genius who "touched the lives of so many", especially her late brother Gianni Versace. "If you want to kill a house, show (her) respect".

Karl Lagerfeld pulled out of two Chanel Paris haute couture fashion shows in January, with the label announcing the veteran designer "was exhausted this morning".

The French outlet Purepeople was the first to break the news, reporting that Lagerfeld died Tuesday morning after being rushed to the American Hospital of Paris Monday night.


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