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Karl Lagerfeld Passes Away at 85

The fashion world has lost a true icon.



Iconic fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld passed away yesterday in Paris, following a short illness. 


Head of design for both Chanel and Fendi, and one of the most prolific design minds of our times, Lagerfeld worked right up until his death. Known for his unique talent, iconic pony tail and acerbic tongue, tributes poured in for the German born maven yesterday, with Anna Wintour saying that the world has lost a giant among men.


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.” 


Bruno Pavlovsky, President of Fashion at CHANEL, said: “Fashion show after fashion show, collection after collection, Karl Lagerfeld left his mark on the legend of Gabrielle Chanel and the history of the House of CHANEL. He steadfastly promoted the talent and expertise of CHANEL’s ateliers and Métiers d’Art, allowing this exceptional know-how to shine throughout the world. The greatest tribute we can pay today is to continue to follow the path he traced by – to quote Karl – ‘continuing to embrace the present and invent the future’.”