Chanel creative director Karl Lagerfeld dies at 85

The House of Chanel confirms his death through an official statement on Instagram Tuesday night, February 19.

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2/20/2019 1:18 PM
Chanel creative director Karl Lagerfeld dies at 85


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Karl Lagerfeld, German fashion designer and creative director of luxe fashion brand Chanel, has passed away at age 85. 

The House of Chanel confirmed his death through an official statement on Instagram Tuesday night, February 19. 

“It is with deep sadness that the House of CHANEL announces the passing of Karl Lagerfeld, the Creative Director for the CHANEL Fashion House since 1983,” they wrote. 

”A prolific creative mind with endless imagination, Karl Lagerfeld explored many artistic horizons, including photography and short films. The House of CHANEL benefited from his talent for all the branding campaigns related to Fashion since 1987,” they added. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

It is with deep sadness that the House of CHANEL announces the passing of Karl Lagerfeld, the Creative Director for the CHANEL Fashion House since 1983. An extraordinary creative individual, Karl Lagerfeld reinvented the brand’s codes created by Gabrielle Chanel: the CHANEL jacket and suit, the little black dress, the precious tweeds, the two-tone shoes, the quilted handbags, the pearls and costume jewelry. Regarding Gabrielle Chanel, he said, “My job is not to do what she did, but what she would have done. The good thing about Chanel is it is an idea you can adapt to many things.” A prolific creative mind with endless imagination, Karl Lagerfeld explored many artistic horizons, including photography and short films. The House of CHANEL benefited from his talent for all the branding campaigns related to Fashion since 1987. Finally, one cannot refer to Karl Lagerfeld without mentioning his innate sense of repartee and self-mockery. Alain Wertheimer, CEO of CHANEL, said: “Thanks to his creative genius, generosity and exceptional intuition, Karl Lagerfeld was ahead of his time, which widely contributed to the House of CHANEL’s success throughout the world. Today, not only have I lost a friend, but we have all lost an extraordinary creative mind to whom I gave carte blanche in the early 1980s to reinvent the brand.” Bruno Pavlovsky, President of Fashion at CHANEL, said: “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’.” Virginie Viard, Director of CHANEL’s Fashion Creation Studio and Karl Lagerfeld’s closest collaborator for more than 30 years, has been entrusted by Alain Wertheimer with the creative work for the collections, so that the legacy of Gabrielle Chanel and Karl Lagerfeld can live on.

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Reports stated that prior to his death, Karl was admitted to the American Hospital of Paris on Monday, February 18. This comes after the fashion icon’s controversial absence at the end of Chanel’s show at Paris Fashion Week in January, where thousands of fans expressed their concerns regarding his health condition. 

Apart from Chanel, Karl‘s body of work includes other high-end fashion names, namely Chloe and Fendi, which dates back to 1964, a few years after he left his home country and moved to Paris, where he would soon establish connections with iconic designers Yves Saint Laurent and Pierre Balmain. 

Meanwhile, dozens of Hollywood big names are mourning the loss of the fashion legend, particularly those whose lives he touched during his lifetime.

 

 

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Karl, I will miss your indescribable presence, watching your calm, quiet, genius mind working, your little jokes, amazing stories, and experiencing the clothes, sets, and productions only you could dream up. Thank you for believing in me and for the beautiful, incredible opportunities you brought to my career, but mostly, thank you for giving me the honor of knowing the magic behind the myth. There will never be another Karl Lagerfeld. I am overwhelmed with sadness today, but also with so much love, admiration, and gratitude for you. To all his beloved friends and colleagues, and his favorite girl Choupette🐾, my heart is with you. ❤️ Rest In Peace King Karl. I didn’t want this day to come. 💔

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Virginie Viard, current Director of Chanel’s Fashion Creation Studio and who has worked closely with Karl for the past three decades and so, is confirmed as successor of the late designer as the brand’s new creative director.