Fashion icon Karl Lagerfeld dies at 85

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, Spring 2011 FIT Couture Council Luncheon to honor Karl Lagerfeld Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center, NYC 09-10-2010 Photos by Sonia Moskowitz, Globe Photos Inc 2010 KARL LAGERFELD K65830SMO

Superstar fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld has died aged 85 in Paris following a short illness. The German designer, who was the creative director for Chanel and Fendi, was one of the industry’s most prolific figures and worked up until his death.

His signature ponytail and dark glasses made him an instantly recognisable figure around the world. Industry heavyweights, including Italian designer Donatella Versace, issued heartfelt tributes.

Superstar fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld

“Today the world lost a giant among men,” said the editor-in-chief of Vogue magazine, Anna Wintour.

Rumours of Lagerfeld’s ill health had swirled for several weeks after he missed a number of events – including Chanel’s spring/summer show last month.

He died on Tuesday morning after being admitted to hospital the night before, French media report.

As a designer he transformed the fortunes of Chanel, one of the leading names in high fashion, but his work also filtered down to the high street.

Away from his work, Lagerfeld made headlines for a range of provocative, and sometimes offensive, statements. (BBC)



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