Fashion Designer Karl Lagerfeld Dies

Lagerfeld and Cindy Crawford

Iconic fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld has died in Paris following a short illness.

The German designer, who was the creative director for Chanel and Fendi, was one of the industry’s most prolific figures and worked up until his death.
His signature ponytail and dark glasses made him an instantly recognizable figure around the world.

Lagerfeld’s website says his year of birth was 1938 – though most placed his age at five years older.

Rumors of Lagerfeld’s ill health had swirled for several weeks after he missed a number of events – including Chanel’s spring/summer show last month.

He died on Tuesday morning after being admitted to hospital the night before, French media report.

As a designer he transformed the fortunes of Chanel, one of the leading names in high fashion, but his work also filtered down to the high street.

Away from his work, Lagerfeld made headlines for a range of provocative, and sometimes offensive, statements.

First Lady Melania Trump shared images on Twitter of a design created by Lagerfeld for her first official White House appearance.

“Whoever wears sweatpants has lost control of his life.”
-Karl Lagerfeld