The iconic fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld (85) has died in Paris

19 February 2019

Unfortunately, our concerns when Karl did not show up during his own Haute Couture Show in Paris a few weeks ago, were not entirely unjustified. He died on Tuesday at the age of 85 after a period of poor health. Not only fashion lovers, but everyone knew who Karl Lagerfeld was. He was thé face of Chanel; the man with his tight white ponytail, black sunglasses and gloves. In his career, Lagerfeld has designed multiple collections for various fashion houses such as Chanel and Fendi. Since 1983, he was the creative director of the haute couture-, prêt-à-porter- and accessory-collections of Chanel. In addition, he started his own eponymous fashion label in 1984.

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Karl Otto Lagerfeldt was born in Germany in 1933. He changed his original surname from Lagerfeldt to Lagerfeld because he felt it sounded "more commercial". As a teenager he moved to Paris where he became the design assistant of Pierre Balmain before he started working at Fendi and Chloe in the 1960s. He started his career at Chanel in 1983 where he stayed for 36 years (!). For the past year, Lagerfeld has made most of his catwalk appearances jointly with Virginie Viard, director of the creative studio of the house of Chanel, which has prompted talk of a succession. No reason for his death has been confirmed yet. 

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To be continued…