Fashion designer and creative director of Chanel, Karl Lagerfeld, has died.
The fashion world is mourning the death of Karl Lagerfeld, an iconic name in the industry for over 40 years. The German-born designer served as creative director for Chanel and Fendi as well as his own eponymous international fashion label.
Lagerfeld, who was in his 80s, died early Tuesday in Paris, Chanel told the Associated Press in a statement.
Following the reports of his death, fellow designers and celebrities including Donatella Versace, Gigi and Bella Hadid and Victoria Beckham paid tribute to Lagerfeld on social media.
“Karl your genius touched the lives of so many, especially Gianni and I,” Versace shared on Instagram, accompanied a photo of her and Lagerfeld. “We will never forget your incredible talent and endless inspiration. We were always learning from you.”
“I’m so heartbroken I almost don’t have words… There will never be another Karl Lagerfeld,” Gigi Hadid posted on Instagram Stories. “Every second with you was an honor, joy, and inspiration. I wish I could give you one last hug. I love you Karl. Thank you for everything. Rest in peace.”
Bella Hadid reposted her sister’s Instagram Story, adding in a separate post, “Nothing seems right at the moment.
“So incredibly sad to hear this,” Beckham wrote. “Karl was a genius and always so kind and generous to me both personally and professionally.”
Actress Diane Kruger shared on Instagram that she tried to travel to France to see Lagerfeld, who was rumored to have been ill, but that she was “too late.”
“Karl…..I cannot tell you how much you meant to me and how much I will miss you,” Kruger wrote. “I will never forget your kindness towards me, your laughs, your imagination I came to France to see you this week and introduce you to my daughter…I’m heartbroken I was too late Rest In Peace, I adore you.”
Bernard Arnault, the chairman and CEO of Fendi parent company LVMH, said in a statement that the world has lost “a creative genius” with the death of Lagerfeld.
“We owe him a great deal: his taste and talent were the most exceptional I have ever known,” Arnault said. “I will always remember his immense imagination, his ability to conceive new trends for every season, his inexhaustible energy, the virtuosity of his drawings, his carefully guarded independence, his encyclopedic culture, and his unique wit and eloquence,”
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