One of the fashion world’s most influential, well known, and controversial figures, Karl Lagerfeld, has died at the age of 85.
After months of speculation around Lagerfeld’s health, reports have since confirmed that the 85-year-old was rushed to hospital on Monday night before passing away on Tuesday.
Lagerfeld who was the creative director of the French luxury fashion house Chanel also produced collections for Fendi and his own label.
Starting his career in 1955, the German-born visionary was hired as Pierre Balmain’s assistant after winning a design competition, before he made the move to the Jean Patou fashion house where he designed haute couture collections.
Lagerfeld found international fame in the 80s and became well known for his own, distinctive, unique look that often included, dark suits, pony-tailed white hair, fingerless gloves, high starched collars, and black sunglasses.
Lagerfeld joined Chanel in 1983 and was credited by many within the fashion world with revitalising the label, which many viewed as becoming stale, ultimately turning the company’s fortunes around.
despite his talents, Lagerfeld was often surrounded by controversy, with his of the cuff remarks, often about women landing him in hot water.
Notably, In 2012 Lagerfeld sparked outrage when he called the singer Adele “a little too fat.” Speaking about Pippa Middleton, Kate Middleton’s sister, that same year, Lagerfeld said: “I don’t like her face. She should only show her back.
despite rarely speaking about his own sexuality, Lagerfeld had a long-term relationship with socialite Jacques de Bascher from the early 1970s until de Bascher’s passed away from AIDS-related issues in 1989.
Following his death, fellow designer Donatella Versace praised Lagerfeld for his “genius” that “touched the lives of so many.”