Designer Karl Lagerfeld has died

Karl Lagerfeld

Karl was credited with transforming Chanel after taking over the brand in 1983.

Chanel chief executive Alain Wertheimer recalled how he had given carte blanche to Lagerfeld in the 1980s to reinvent the brand, from the Chanel jacket to its tweeds and two-tone shoes.

Bernard Arnault, the most powerful man in fashion and owner of the luxury giant LVMH, said he was "infinitely saddened" by the loss of a "very dear friend" and a "creative genius".

He died on February 19, French magazine Closer reports. He missed two of Chanel's haute couture shows in Paris on January 22, but the fashion company only said at the time he was feeling exhausted.

In a 7 decade career, Lagerfeld created collections simultaneously for the celebrated houses of Chanel and Fendi, in addition to his signature label. "Regarding Gabrielle Chanel, he said, 'My job is not to do what she did, but what she would have done".

World celebrities gathered at a leafy promenade that was turned into a catwalk for the firm's Cruise collection, even though Chanel goods are not sold in Cuba.

He earned the nicknames "Kaiser Karl" and "Fashion Meister".

In addition to his pioneering work ethic, Lagerfeld was known for airing his oft controversial opinions.

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

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"What I do Coco would have hated", Lagerfeld said in "The World According to Karl", a 2013 book of his quotes. He'd missed two of Chanel's Paris shows on January 22, but the company said he was not present because he was "feeling exhausted". Minus an eight-year absence in the '80s, Lagerfeld worked with Chloe until 1992, crafting a reputation for designs that didn't take themselves too seriously and runway shows that never failed to entertain. Driven by a phenomenal sense of creativity, Karl was passionate, powerful and intensely curious. He'll be greatly missed. We will never forget your incredible talent and endless inspiration.

The 33-year-old Smile hitmaker sported an over-sized hoodie with loose-fitting bottoms as she hit the FROW at the Izzue show during LFW at the BFC Show Space.

Victoria Beckham was among the first as she wrote: "So incredibly sad to hear this". 'Karl was a genius and always so kind and generous to me both personally and professionally.

He added: "I will always remember his huge imagination, his ability to conceive new trends for every season, his inexhaustible energy, the virtuosity of his drawings, his carefully guarded independence, his encyclopaedic culture, and his unique wit and eloquence".

"When I was a child, my mother always told me that you could wake up in the middle of the night and be deathly sick, so you always have to be impeccable".

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". Indeed, his indefatigable energy was notable: he lost around 90 pounds in his late 60s to fit into the latest slimline fashions. In 2004, he lent his name and design skills to a collection for H&M.

Recognizable for his high-collared shirts, white ponytail, dark sunglasses and black fingerless gloves, Lagerfeld had a client list that featured stars of the stage and screen, including actresses Nicole Kidman and Cate Blanchett and the singer Pharrell Williams.

Viard, the longtime head of Chanel's fashion studio, instead did the honors.

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