Karl Lagerfeld dies in Paris at 85

Karl Lagerfeld, one of the most prolific, respected and celebrated fashion designer has died in Paris, the house of Chanel reported earlier today.

He headed some of the biggest fashion houses in the world, including; Fendi, Chanel and his own namesake label, Karl Lagerfeld. All of which he acted as creative director until his death today.

He missed the Chanel haute couture show in Paris in January. And according to reports, he was admitted to the American hospital in Paris on Monday night. His cause of death is still unknown.

Chanel has now appointed studio director Virginie Viard to continue his legendary work.

Karl Lagerfeld and Virginie Viard via Newsy Bit

Lagerfeld worked tirelessly until the end, giving instructions to his team for the Fendi fall ready-to-wear collection, due to take place in Milan on Thursday. The only sign of his declining health was his failure to take a bow at Chanel’s recent couture show in January. WWD

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.”

Chanel image via Allure

RIP Karl Lagergfeld.

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