Over the past several decades, Chanel has become recognized for its uncanny ability to combine modern sophistication with a Parisian flair that speaks to all audiences no matter what generation they came from. But most importantly, the brand first helmed by Coco Chanel has been synonymous with the lone figure of a man with silver ponytail, signature black suit and matching black gloves. The fashion world woke up to sad news yesterday that Karl Lagerfeld, the German designer, who was the creative director for Chanel and Fendi, has died in Paris following a short illness. Rumors of poor health has been circulating after he missed Chanel’s spring 2019 haute couture show in Paris on January 22, a rare incident since the iconic designer has been attending each and every one of his shows for decades.
Here are some of Lagerfeld’s inspiring quotes and celebrity tributes to the one of best creative geniuses in fashion the world has ever seen.
Anna Wintour, Vogue chief editor
“Today the world lost a giant among men. Karl was so much more than our greatest and most prolific designer—his creative genius was breathtaking and to be his friend was an exceptional gift. Karl was brilliant, he was wicked, he was funny, he was generous beyond measure, and he was deeply kind. I will miss him so very much.”
Cindy Crawford, model
“Your incredible talent and joie de vivre will be missed by all of us who love fashion.”
Victorial Beckham, designer
“So incredibly sad to hear this. Karl was a genius and always so kind and generous to me both personally and professionally.”
Valentino Garavani, creator of Valentino
“I am so sad and the words cannot express my sorrow! I love you my friend.. Aurevoir.”
Donatella Versace, creative director of Versace
“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.”
Pictures of a younger Karl Lagerfeld
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