The iconic Chanel fashion designer has died at the age of 85 in Paris hospital after more than three decades as the face of the French design house. He was the creative director of Chanel and is believed to have been unwell for two weeks before his death.
The state of his health had been a cause of concern for a number of weeks. He has not been seen at fashion shows that he was expected to attend. He had missed two of Chanel’s haute couture Paris shows in January 22, but the fashion company only said at the time he was feeling tired.
Fashion icon and Chanel boss Karl Lagerfeld dies at age 85 pic.twitter.com/MgAVInaTDD— CGTN (@CGTNOfficial) February 19, 2019
Tributes have begun flooding in across the fashion industry.
Rest In Peace Karl Lagerfeld ? pic.twitter.com/ihCrvUMc1K— Julia Anderson (@juliaanderson63) February 19, 2019
Karl would often bring his beloved cat, Choupette, to his appearances, and even based several designs on her. He set up an Instagram account – Choupette’s Diary – and would upload streams of content of her daily activities, from flying with him on his private jet to basking in his mansion.
Karl has presided over the iconic fashion house, established by Coco Chanel, for more than three decades, producing as much as eight collections a year to the joy of fashion editors, fans and collectors. He was best known for his signature outfit; a black suit with his white hair pushed into a ponytail, fingerless gloves and dark glasses.
Talk had already turned in recent weeks to who could succeed Karl when he eventually stepped down from Chanel. Virginie Viard, director of the creative studio of the house of Chanel, has already been speculated as his eventual successor.
His cause of death is yet to be confirmed.