Iconic Fashion Designer Karl Lagerfeld Dies at 85

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The fashion designer died in Paris after a battle with pancreatic cancer, according to the Evening Standard.

Iconic fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld has passed away at the age of 85 in Paris. His death comes after a short battle with pancreatic cancer, according to multiple news outlets.

Forward-thinking with unyielding genious, Lagerfeld has left a multitude of unmistakable marks on the fashion industry over the course of his 70-year tenure. 

Widely known as a man who refused to look behind him, his work mirrors his eye for progression. Lagerfeld has moved more fashion houses in the way of of-the-moment design than nearly any other creative director, making him one of the most acclaimed designers of his time. From his roots as a junior assistant at the house of Balmain to his designs for Chloe and Fendi, Lagerfeld's artistry and ingenuity has, at one time or another, made its mark on nearly every luxury fashion house that prevails today.

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Most notably is his impressive tenure as the creative director of Chanel. Having spent over three decades at the iconic fashion house, Lagerfeld brought new life to the storied label. His absence will not only be felt in the coming fashion weeks but in the industry for years to come.

Designers and celebrities he's dressed or worked with over the years have taken to social media to express their condolences.


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Merci pour tout Karl ❤️ Merci de m’avoir fait confiance avec tant de gentillesse depuis que je suis une toute jeune femme. Ah la la, votre liberté d’esprit, votre indépendance, votre talent, votre intelligence, votre gentillesse, votre humour, votre générosité, votre amour et fidélité pour les gens qui vous entourent, que toutes ces qualités qui vous définissent sont extraordinaires. Encore plus extraordinaires quand elles se retrouvent toutes en un seul homme. Merci de m’avoir transmis l’amour de la connaissance et du travail, de m’avoir appris à regarder devant et pas derrière, le passé vous ayant toujours agacé. “Parle-moi de demain” me disiez-vous. Je pense tellement fort à vous mais aussi à tous ceux qui vous entourent, que vous avez su choisir avec tant de finesse et qui vous aiment tant, qui vous sont si dévoués. Merci Karl 🖤🕊 “L’intelligence perdure” Karl Lagerfeld ——— Thank you for everything Karl ❤️ Thank you for trusting me so kindly since I was a very young woman. Ah la la, your freedom of mind, your independence, your talent, your intelligence, your kindness, your humor, your generosity, your love and fidelity to the people around you, all these qualities that define you are so extraordinary. Even more extraordinary when they are all in one man. Thank you for giving me the love of knowledge and hard work, for teaching me to look ahead and not behind, the past having always annoyed you. "Tell me about tomorrow," you’d say to me. I think so strongly of you but also of all those around you that you have chosen so finely and who love you so much, who are so devoted to you. Thank you Karl 🖤🕊 "The intelligence continues" Karl Lagerfeld

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