Fashion icon Karl Lagerfeld dies

Fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld dies aged 85

Design powerhouse Karl Lagerfeld died in Paris on February 19th.

Karl Lagerfeld, who helmed arguably the most iconic French Maisons, CHANEL, for over three decades passed away in Paris earlier today.

No cause of death has been confirmed at this time.

In addition to his pioneering work ethic, Lagerfeld was known for airing his oft controversial opinions.

While Lagerfeld's eponymous label never gained as much notoriety as Chanel and Fendi, he undoubtedly turned his likeness into a selling point.

In addition to his famed fashion designs, he was also well known as a photographer and video director.

After de Bascher died of an AIDS-related illness in 1989, Lagerfeld, who said repeatedly that "I have no human feelings", piled on the pounds and lavished gifts on several young men with whom he became infatuated, she said.

Fashion world loses one of its most influential designer.

Fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld dies aged 85
Haute-couture designer Karl Lagerfeld has died

A weight-loss book he published in 2005 - "The Karl Lagerfeld Diet" - consolidated his status as a pop culture icon.

Recognizable for his high-collared shirts, white ponytail, dark sunglasses and black fingerless gloves, Lagerfeld had a client list that featured stars of the stage and screen, including actresses Nicole Kidman and Cate Blanchett and the singer Pharrell Williams. In 1984 he launched his own name label. In his stead his right hand, Virginie Viard was sent whilst Chanel issued a statement explaining that Lagerfeld had been 'feeling exhausted'.

He took its trademark quilted handbags, tweeds, and cardigan jackets and exaggerated them into something more gaudy and refined at the same time, while still true to the spirit of the brand's founder Gabrielle "Coco" Chanel.

"We have lost a creative genius who helped to make Paris the fashion capital of the world, and Fendi one of the most innovative Italian houses".

ON EATING MEAT: "I only eat what doesn't look any more like what it was when it was alive".

"The death of this dear friend deeply saddens me, my wife and my children".

Born in Hamburg in 1933, Lagerfeld made his debut with designer Pierre Balmain as an apprentice before moving on to Patou and Chloe and then Italian brand Fendi.

My biggest scoop on Lagerfeld happened in 2004, by chance, when a guest at the Costume Institute's annual Met Gala mentioned to me that the designer was about to announce a collaboration with the fast-fashion retailer H&M.

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