Karl Lagerfeld dies: Designer remembered as ‘one of the greatest in history’

Karl Lagerfeld walks the runway after the Chanel show as part of the Paris Fashion Week Womenswear Spring/Summer 2019 in October past year.

Lagerfeld's death was announced by French media early on Tuesday following rumors of the German fashion designer's declining health; Lagerfeld had not appeared at the finish of Chanel's show at Paris Fashion Week as he was "feeling exhausted".

A cause of death has not yet been released. Finally, one can not refer to Karl Lagerfeld without mentioning his innate sense of repartee and self-mockery.

Chairman and CEO for LVMH, the company behind fashion house Fendi, for which Lagerfeld was also creative director, praised the designer's "immense imagination". The artist, who was also known as a photographer and caricaturist, was living in Paris.

Lagerfeld said of his appearance: "I am like a caricature of myself, and I like that".

His decision to helm Chanel, founded by Gabrielle "Coco" Chanel, turned him into one of the most celebrated fashion designers of the 20th century. Nobody could light up the room the way Karl Lagerfeld did.

Chanel confirmed that Lagerfeld, who had looked increasingly frail in recent seasons, died early on Tuesday in Paris.

"When I took on Chanel, it was a sleeping beauty - not even a attractive one", Lagerfeld once said in the 2007 documentary "Lagerfeld Confidential".

With his powdered white pony tail, black sunglasses, and starched high-collared white shirts, he was as instantly recognisable as his celebrity clients.

It had already been speculated that Virginie Viard, director of the creative studio of the house of Chanel, would be picked to be his successor. He had a look that has been mimicked by many but perfected by none. "We owe him a great deal: his taste and talent were the most exceptional I have ever known", he added.

Born in Hamburg, Germany, in 1933, Lagerfeld joined Chanel in 1983 and is credited with breathing new life into the French label with his larger-than-life runway spectacles and repurposing of the interlocking double-C logo.

"The death of this dear friend deeply saddens me, my wife and my children". Click through the gallery attached above to see stars like Margot, Julianne Moore, Keira Knightley and more wearing Chanel. In 2004, he lent his name and design skills to a collection for H&M.

  • Marlene Weaver