Iconic fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld passed away in Paris on 19th February 2021 following a short illness. He was 85 years old.
The German designer was the most prolific fashion designer of the 20th and 21st centuries. Apart from being the creative director for luxury fashion labels – Chanel and Fendi, he also founded his namesake label – Karl Lagerfeld.
He started his phenomenal fashion career in 1955 with the couture house of Pierre Balmain and worked there for three years before leaving for Jean Patou. He worked at Jean Patou for five years, until deciding to do freelance design work for brands like Valentino, Krizia, Ballantyne, Charles Jourdan and Chloé.
In 1967, Karl Lagerfeld was hired by Fendi to add a modern twist to their fur line. His brought about an innovative revolution in the fashion world by using mole, rabbit, and squirrel pelts in high fashion.
In 1983, twelve years after Coco Chanel’s death, he joined Chanel and turned around the fading fortunes of the the iconic French brand. Lagerfeld modernised and glamorised the label by infusing it with influences from music, pop culture, and art and helping it appeal to a younger audience.
During his time at the helm, faces of Chanel included A-list celebrities like Cara Delevingne, Lily-Rose Depp, Claudia Schiffer, Kate Moss, Nicole Kidman, Brad Pitt, Keira Knightley, Kristen Stewart, Gisele Bündchen, Blake Lively and Kaia Gerber.
While his illustrious career formed the framework of the modern luxury fashion industry, Karl Lagerfeld also made headlines for a range of provocative, and sometimes offensive, statements.
His signature ponytail, black jeans, dark glasses and fingerless gloves made him an instantly recognisable figure around the world.
The whos who of fashion and entertainment industries paid tribute to the legend online.