Designer And Chanel Creative Director Karl Lagerfeld Dead At 85

The creative director at closely held Chanel for more than 35 years, Lagerfeld was among the fashion trade's most prolific couturiers, producing outfits for the Paris-based luxury-goods maker, for Italy's Fendi SpA and for his own label-all at the same time. She has cited reading, music, art, the theatre and spending time with her partner and teenage son as her favourite things to do - a quiet and peaceful world away from the razzmatazz that comes with a Chanel fashion show.

The 85-year-old fashion designer died on Tuesday, February 19th, French magazine Closer reports.

While fashion careers tend to burn out quickly, Lagerfeld maintained his place in the spotlight for decades thanks to his creative mind, his signature look, and his bold statements, including some downright controversial ones. "We were always learning from you", she added.

According to Sky News the designer was admitted to the American Hospital in Paris on Monday and died on Tuesday morning.

Lagerfeld's image - he was faithful to his white ponytail, sunglasses and black suits with cravats and fingerless gloves, and famously drank Diet Coke out of crystal goblets - is as well-known as his designs. I'm lucky to work in the most flawless of conditions.

Lagerfeld had a long history of using furs as well as crocodile, lizard, snake and stingray skins in the clothing he designed for Chanel, Fendi and his own eponymous label.

Karl Lagerfeld at the Fendi Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2017-2018 show as part of Haute Couture Paris Fashion Week on July 5, 2017 in Paris.

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Singer-turned-designer Beckham posted on Instagram: "So incredibly sad to hear this". 'Karl was a genius and always so kind and generous to me both personally and professionally.

"Fashion and culture have lost a major inspiration".

"The death of this dear friend deeply saddens me, my wife and my children".

A statement was released after Lagerfeld missed the first two shows.

Such staggering stamina and longevity in a world as ephemeral as fashion, where talents regularly crash and burn, added to the mystery this steely survivor loved to wrap himself in.

"I'm rather pro-prostitution. I admire people who do it". An accomplished photographer, he drew his own designs by hand, an increasingly rare phenomenon in fashion.

Gigi chimed in: "Karl, I will miss your indescribable presence, watching your calm, quiet, genius mind working, your little jokes, incredible stories, and experiencing the clothes, sets, and productions only you could dream up".

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