PARIS – Karl Lagerfeld, one of the most prolific, admired and multi-talented fashion figures of the modern age, has died in Paris, the house of Chanel said on Tuesday.
Lagerfeld worked tirelessly until the end, giving instructions to his teams for the Fendi fall ready-to-wear collection, due to take place in Milan on Thursday. The only sign of his declining health was his failure to take a bow at Chanel’s recent couture show in January.
He was most closely associated with the French fashion house, where he was couturier since 1983, engineering one of the modern fashion industry’s first and most successful brand rejuvenations and propelling the fabled French name from near obscurity to the summit of international luxury.
Lagerfeld was also the creative force behind the furs and ready-to-wear at Fendi for more than half a century, as well as his signature fashion house which — although it encompassed everything from designer rtw to jeans and fragrance over the years —rarely approached the heights of the other brands Lagerfeld touched, which included Chloé from the Sixties into the Nineties.
“It is with deep sadness that the house of Chanel announces the passing of Karl Lagerfeld,” Chanel said in a statement, without providing additional