The fashion world is mourning the death of Karl Lagerfeld, an iconic name in the industry for over 40 years. The German-born designer served as creative director for Chanel and Fendi as well as his own eponymous international fashion label.
Lagerfeld, who was in his 80s, died early Tuesday in Paris, Chanel told the Associated Press in a statement.
Following the reports of his death, fellow designers and celebrities including Donatella Versace, Gigi and Bella Hadid and Victoria Beckham paid tribute to Lagerfeld on social media.
“Karl your genius touched the lives of so many, especially Gianni and I,” Versace shared on Instagram, accompanied a photo of her and Lagerfeld. “We will never forget your incredible talent and endless inspiration. We were always learning from you.”
“I’m so heartbroken I almost don’t have words… There will never be another Karl Lagerfeld,” Gigi Hadid posted on Instagram Stories. “Every second with you was an honor, joy, and inspiration. I wish I could give you one last hug. I love you Karl. Thank you for everything. Rest in peace.”
Bella Hadid reposted her sister’s Instagram Story, adding in a separate post, “Nothing seems right at the moment.”
Victoria Beckham wrote, “So incredibly sad to hear this. Karl was a genius and always so kind and generous to me both personally and professionally.”
Chanel brand ambassador Diane Kruger shared on Instagram that she tried to travel to France to see Lagerfeld, who was rumored to have been ill, but that she was “too late.”
“Karl…..I cannot tell you how much you meant to me and how much I will miss you,” Kruger wrote. “I will never forget your kindness towards me, your laughs, your imagination I came to France to see you this week and introduce you to my daughter…I’m heartbroken I was too late Rest In Peace, I adore you.”
Her contemporary, Claudia Schiffer, recalled how Lagerfeld transformed her “from a shy German girl into a supermodel,” and taught her “about fashion, style and survival in the fashion business.”
In her Instagram tribute, she wrote, “What Warhol was to art, he was to fashion; he is irreplaceable. He is the only person who could make black and white colorful! I will be eternally grateful to him.”
Edward Enninful, the editor-in-chief of British Vogue, told the Associated Press that he was “deeply saddened” by the news.
“He has exerted an incredible influence over the fashion industry over the past six decades, and it goes without saying that the world has lost one of the greatest designers in the history of fashion,” he said. “But it has also lost one of its greatest teachers.”
Paris mayor Anne Hidalgo paid tribute to Lagerfeld on Twitter, calling him a “great artist and a friend with a rare sensibility who his whole life accompanied women in their freedom and empowerment.”
“He was Paris,” she wrote.
Bernard Arnault, the chairman and CEO of Fendi parent company LVMH, said in a statement that the world has lost “a creative genius” with the death of Lagerfeld.
“We owe him a great deal: his taste and talent were the most exceptional I have ever known,” Arnault said. “I will always remember his immense imagination, his ability to conceive new trends for every season, his inexhaustible energy, the virtuosity of his drawings, his carefully guarded independence, his encyclopedic culture, and his unique wit and eloquence,”
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