Image courtesy of ‘Lagerfeld Confidential’
The word “legendary” gets tossed around rather carelessly these days – but if anyone was deserving of the title, it was Herr Karl Lagerfeld, who, it was sadly announced, passed away yesterday at age 85.
An unparalleled fashion designer above all, Lagerfeld was one of the last of a fading breed of European Renaissance Man: a photographer, artist, intellectual and, what we particularly appreciated, stinging wit. But surely he will always be associated with Chanel, the fabled house he took over in 1983, transforming it into the citadel of modern style it remains to this day.
“We have lost a creative genius who helped to make Paris the fashion capital of the world,” said LVMH CEO Bernard Arnault in a statement. “The death of this dear friend deeply saddens me, my wife and my children. We loved and admired him deeply.”
Born in Hamburg, Germany in 1933, Lagerfeld began his career working for the likes of Pierre Balmain and Chloé, before a stint at Fendi. beginning in 1967, forever made his name. He launched his own namesake label in 1984. In 2007, Vogue produced the film Lagerfeld Confidential, and this past December, Netflix released the documentary 7 Days Out – Chanel, following the designer for a frantic week before his final Paris Haute Couture show.
No cause of death was released as of yet.