One of the most iconic designers of our time has died at 85

Early this morning, news broke that Karl Lagerfeld, creative director of Chanel and Fendi had passed away in Paris. He was 85.

Following Chanel’s Spring 2019 Haute Couture show, Lagerfeld was noticeably absent, and rumors of him being ill began to circulate. However, according to WWD, Lagerfeld was working until the very end.

Though Lagerfeld is most known for his revolutionary time at Chanel, which began when he joined the house in 1983, he was also the creative genius behind Fendi. In addition to his many other creative pursuits, Lagerfeld worked tirelessly on his own namesake collection.

Known for his ever-present sunglasses, sleek black suits and snow-white ponytail, Lagerfeld became as easily recognizable as the iconic Chanel logo which he reigned under. He was not just a designer or a creative director, rather he was and will forever be a celebrated pop-culture icon and one of the most well-respected creatives of our time. It’s impossible to measure the impact that Lagerfeld has had on the fashion industry. The news of his passing spread quickly as fans and industry insiders alike have begun to mourn the loss on social media.

Following the news of his passing, Chanel released an official statement via Instagram, which paid tribute to Lagerfeld. Though Lagerfeld can never be replaced, the brand announced that his closest collaborator Virginie Viard, who is currently the director of Chanel’s Fashion Creation Studio, would take the creative reigns for the collections. The statement reads that she has been appointed “so that the legacy of Gabrielle Chanel and Karl Lagerfeld can live on.”

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