Karl Lagerfeld has died today at the age of 85.
In a seven-decade career as fashion’s ultimate free agent, Lagerfeld created collections simultaneously for the celebrated houses of Chanel and Fendi, in addition to his signature label, at a pace without rival in the luxury industry.
Sweatpants are a sign of defeat. You lost control of your life so you bought some sweatpants.”
Born in Hamburg in 1933, Lagerfeld began his career as an assistant to Pierre Balmain in 1955 and joined Chanel in 1983, spending 36 years at the house.
In the interim, he has also held long-term design positions at the Italian house Fendi, the French house Chloé, and established his eponymous brand.
He is credited with reinventing Chanel, taking it from a small house to an industry leader. In 2017 the house released financial figures for the first time, revealing it had made £1.35bn the previous year.
Vanessa Paradis, Kate Moss and Cara Delevingne are just three of the eminent beauties that inspired Karl Lagerfeld’s creative vision. From French model Ines De La Fressange to British singer Florence Welch, a roll-call of revered actresses, musicians, models, close friends and occasionally men have played muse for the designer throughout his career to help him encapsulate the zeitgeist of whatever beauty, mood or moment he wished to evoke.
Since his early days with De La Fressange,
Lagerfeld continued to team up with titans of the modelling world including Kristen McMenamy, Linda Evangelista, Claudia Schiffer, Stella Tenant and Kendall Jenner. Lagerfeld had equal admiration for the women setting the agenda in Hollywood. Diane Kruger, Julianne Moore, Tilda Swinton and Kristen Stewart all played muse to Lagerfeld, who, over his final decade looked to more unexpected muses: Lily Allen, Miley Cyrus, Willow Smith and his godson Hudson Kroenig, who has already appeared in several Chanel shows.
Today, the world has lost an icon.
The gallery is a celebration of his amazing life.
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