Fashion icon Karl Lagerfeld dies

Fashion icon Karl Lagerfeld dies

Fashion icon Karl Lagerfeld dies

The house also explained that Viard, Director of Chanel's fashion creation studio and 'Lagerfeld's closest collaborator for more than 30 years, ' was being entrusted with the creative work for the collections 'so that.

German fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld poses in front of some of his pictures as he visits his exibition "Karl Lagerfeld, parcours de travail", on September 14, 2010 at the Maison de la photographie in Paris.

The no-show set off speculation that Lagerfeld, known as the "Kaiser" who has ruled over fashion for a large part of the past half century, may be about to step back. "Join a nunnery, there'll always be a place for you in the convent".

Karl Lagerfeld passed away this morning in the American Hospital in Paris, according to French publication Pure People.

In his trademark black suit, white shirt, dark sunglasses and powdered ponytail, he pioneered the concept of a personal brand.

It was the first time Lagerfeld had ever missed giving a catwalk bow at the end of a Chanel show. Karl, you will forever be a true legend, an icon, an inspiration. But she says she doesn't always appreciate the attention her designer duds garner: "I wish people would focus on what I do, not what I wear", she said in an interview in October.

"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", Wertheimer said in a statement.

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Karl Lagerfeld's genius lay in updating classic luxury labels with street style influences.

"Karl doesn't so much design as reign", one fashion insider remarked.

The prolific German has left many younger creators in the dust, turning out collections season after season for Fendi and his own label, as well as Chanel.

Added Victoria Beckham: "So incredibly sad to hear this".

"My problem as a child was that I was bored to death because I wanted to be a grown-up person", he said in a 2011 interview with the U.K.'s Independent newspaper.

Following the backlash, Ms Newark added: "Grief, with which we are all familiar, is real, so PETA's condolences to anyone who has loved and lost someone are genuine, regardless of the deceased's position on fur".

But speculation about his health spiralled last month after he missed the first show of his life, with Chanel executives saying that he "was exhausted this morning". Nowhere near as recognisable as the world-famous man standing beside her, nor even a frequently used name in fashion circles, the woman - dressed in an outfit of understated jeans and a denim jacket, with a Brigitte Bardot fringe - applauded adoringly as Lagerfeld took what would be his final applause from a rapturous audience.

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