Chanel’s creative director Karl Lagerfeld died on Tuesday in Paris after suffering a prolonged illness. As per media reports, the celebrity couturier passed away at the age of 85. Earlier in the day, Chanel announced Lagerfeld's demise.
The iconic designer, whose accomplished designs as well as trademark white ponytail, high starched collars, and dark enigmatic glasses dominated high fashion for the last 50 years.
Karl Lagerfeld was one of the most influential names in the fashion world. His designs quickly trickled down to low-end retailers, creating an almost unprecedented impact on the entire fashion industry. He was of the most hardworking figures in the fashion world holding down the top design jobs at LVMH-owned luxury label Fendi from 1977, and Paris’ family-owned power-house Chanel in 1983.
The German-born designer had such an enigma surrounding him that even his age was a point of mystery for decades, with reports claiming he had two birth certificates, one dated 1933 and the other 1938. The iconic fashion designer had given the Chanel's Paris haute couture show in January a miss due to ill health. It was for the first time that he had missed Chanel's show.
Several celebrities across the world have a paid tribute to the departed soul following his sudden demise. Many of them took to social media following his death.
Karl Lagerfeld started off his career working as an assistant for Pierre Balmain after winning the coats category in a design competition sponsored by the International Wool Secretariat in 1955. He rose to fame after taking up a design contract with Japanese firm Isetan to create collections for both men and women through 30 licenses, had a lingerie line in the U.S. produced by Eve Stillmann, was designing shoes for Charles Jourdan and sweaters for Ballantyne, and worked with Trevira as a fashion adviser.
In the 1980s, Karl Lagerfeld integrated the interlocked "CC" monograph of Coco Chanel into a style pattern for the House of Chanel.
(With inputs from agencies)