German designer Karl Lagerfeld, the creative director for Chanel and Fendi and one of the industry’s most prolific figures died Tuesday morning in France after being admitted to the hospital the night before.
Born in 1938, according to his website, though most placed his age at five years older, Lagerfeld’s health had reportedly swirled for several weeks after he missed a number of events – including Chanel’s spring/summer show last month.
His signature ponytail and dark glasses made him an instantly recognisable figure around the world.
The Fashion Industry weighed in, including Donatella Versace, Bella Hadid, Victoria Beckham and the First Lady of the United States, Melania Trump.
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At a loss for words and so heartbroken by the loss of Karl. His humor, wit , love and passion for fashion will live on forever. Thank you for the inspiration that you gave to this world and for all of the hearts that you touched in the process. Every time I saw you it felt like the first time & I will miss your hugs so much. I feel so lucky to have been in your presence. Sending my love to the Lagerfeld family and to all closest to him. I am so sorry. We all love you so much .💔 Rest In Peace KL❤️
— Melania Trump (@FLOTUS) February 19, 2019