The fashion industry is in mourning following the news of legendary designer Karl Lagerfeld’s death. The designer was 85 years old and has been an integral part of the industry for decades.
Lagerfeld bought his eccentricity and one of a kind visions to a variety of fashion houses throughout his time in the industry, including Fendi, Chloé and of course Chanel.
It was the house of Chanel who released the news of Lagerfeld’s passing in a brief but memorable statement. “It is with deep sadness that the house of Chanel announces the passing of Karl Lagerfeld,” announced the fashion house, praising the designer as “a prolific creative mind with endless imagination, Karl Lagerfeld explored many artistic horizons, including photography and short films. The house of Chanel benefited from his talent for all the branding campaigns related to fashion since 1987. Finally, one cannot refer to Karl Lagerfeld without mentioning his innate sense of repartee and self-mockery.”
Lagerfeld will be remembered for his design vision in addition to the many other skills her bought to the industry. The fashion icon also worked as a photographer and event coordinator throughout his time, and his events were some of the most well-received shows each season.
“When people ask me what I do, ‘designer; seems quite inadequate; I tell them I’m in the fashion business. But that is what happens with ready-to-wear. You become an enterprise,” said Lagerfeld famously in 1975.
Fashion houses and industry personalities have been posting tributes to the designer since the news of his passing went public.
“Karl Lagerfeld showed all of us in the fashion world to never lose your passion, energy and drive — no matter how busy and fast the fashion life has become. He will forever be an inspiration to all of us, and his legacy will continue for many years to come,’” said Michael Kors in memoriam.
“The death of this dear friend deeply saddens me, my wife and my children. We loved and admired him deeply. Fashion and culture have lost a great inspiration,” shared Bernaud Arnult, chairman and CEO of Louis Vuitton.
“I’m extremely saddened to hear of the passing of Karl Lagerfeld, an immense artist and a friend with a rare sensibility who dedicated his life to accompanying women in their freedom and their affirmation,” expressed Anne Hidalgo, mayor of Paris.
Lagerfeld will be remembered by all in the fashion industry, as his legacy lives on through his impressive portfolio of work.