Karl Lagerfeld is dead.
According to Guardian, this was confirmed by Chanel, although the cause of his death has yet to be made public.
Lagerfeld, fondly called “the Kaiser” thanks to his German heritage, had become the most prolific and admired designers of modern times, especially because of his design vision, how uncompromising he would be. He famously declared that “Sweatpants are a sign of defeat. You lost control of your life so you bought some sweatpants.”
The fashion boss rose to fame as an assistant to Pierre Balmain in 1955, and in 1983, he joined Chanel and spent a record-breaking 36 years at the house. And was 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.
Sadly, Lagerfeld’s health began to decline, so much that in January he missed the Chanel haute couture show in Paris, stirring worry among the fashion circle. On Monday night, he admitted to the American hospital in Paris, where he seemingly passed on.
Reacting to the news of his death, designer Donatella Versace posted a photograph of herself and Lagerfeld on Instagram, writing: “Karl your genius touched the lives of so many, especially Gianni and I. We will never forget your incredible talent and endless inspiration. We were always learning from you.”