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Karl Lagerfeld Has Died

 Feb 21, 2019

Karl Lagerfeld, one of the most influential and recognizable fashion designers of the 20th century, died on February 19 at the age of 85.

 

The German designer is best known for his work as the creative director of Chanel, the French luxury fashion house. He was a prolific designer, also at the creative helm of Fendi and his eponymous label at the time of his death.

 

Lagerfeld died in Paris, the city he helped turn into the fashion capital of the world, his label said. Rumors had swirled about his health after he was absent from his Chanel show in late January, due to what the fashion house described as tiredness.

 

Lagerfeld, who transformed Chanel into a global powerhouse after becoming creative director in 1983, was rarely seen without his dark glasses, a silver ponytail and fingerless gloves -- gaining him the reputation as the most recognizable man in fashion, and one of its most outspoken.