“Today the world lost a giant among men,” commented editor-in-chief of Vogue, Anna Wintour.
Karl Lagerfeld was a German creative director, fashion designer, artist, and photographer who lived in Paris.
One of the industry’s leading creatives and a household name, Lagerfeld was paramount to the success of both Chanel and Fendi and worked up until his death.
“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,” said Chanel chief executive officer Alain Wertheimer.
As a designer, Lagerfeld never bowed to trends or expectations and was widely known for his scathing wit, often remarking on fashion fads. He once said: “Sweatpants are a sign of defeat. You lost control of your life so you bought some sweatpants.” He worked tirelessly and remained a reliable and authentic designer his entire career, producing over a dozen collections a year until passing – “I do it like I breathe.”
Rumours of Lagerfeld’s ill-health circulated following his absence from a number of events, including Chanel’s spring/summer 2019 show in January. French media reports that the fashion icon died on 19 February 2019 after being admitted to hospital the night before.
Creatives, celebrities, and friends have all flocked to pay tribute to Lagerfeld. The impact of his loss on the industry is immeasurable. “He leaves behind an extraordinary legacy as one of the greatest designers of our time,” a statement from the House of Karl Lagerfeld said.