Legendary fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld, the creative director of Chanel and Fendi who was known for his evolving creativity, modern influences and personal style and wit, has died. He was 85.
The designer has reportedly been working on his upcoming autumn/winter 2019 collection with Fendi up until the end. The show is set to take place during Milan Fashion Week on 21 February. After missing Chanel’s haute couture show in Paris back in January, there was speculation around the 85-year-old’s health. The house did, however, make a statement that Lagerfeld had been too tired to attend the show
Lagerfeld was one of the most influential fashion designers of all time and was the Creative Director at Fendi, Chanel, and his eponymous label Karl Lagerfeld at the time of his death. With a decades-long career, Lagerfeld became a fashion legend who will forever be known as a cornerstone of Chanel’s legacy, the ready-to-wear collection for Fendi, and his prolific namesake collection.
Lagerfeld was one of the first luxury designers to bring his fashion to the masses. In addition to his collaboration with H&M (which was followed by Stella McCartney, Versace and Balmain working with the retailer), Lagerfeld collaborated on sneakers for Vans, beauty products for Australian brand ModelCo, a photo exhibition for Audi, watches for Fossil, footwear for Italian brand Hogan in 2010, glassware for Swedish company Orrefors in 2011, a limited-edition Diet Coca-Cola boxed set in collaboration with the now-defunct Parisian boutique Colette in 2010, a capsule fashion for Macy’s in 2011 and a line with Japanese makeup brand Shu Uemura, whose cosmetic products he used to sketch his fashion drawings. in 2012, Lagerfeld released a holiday collection with Shu Uemera titled Mon Shu Uemera that starred a manga character he created named Mon Shu, which he followed up two years later with a beauty line by Lagerfeld’s famous feline Choupette, featuring character “Shupette.”
President of Chanel Bruno Pavlovsky said in a statement today: “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’.”