According to an announcement on February 19th, German-born designer and Chanel's creative director, Karl Lagerfeld has died at the age of 85. He has been part of the leading creative role in Chanel since 1983, with his longest run in Fendi starting at 1967.
No cause of death was given from the French fashion house, however, they did state that Lagerfeld was in such poor health that he could not attend their haute couture presentation back in January. His work was always a contemporary look into the legacy of Gabrielle Chanel.
“My job is not to do what she did, but what she would have done,” said the designer in a quote issued as a statement that Chanel had released. “The good thing about Chanel is it is an idea you can adapt to many things.”
Lagerfeld was an iconic designer that had creative influence throughout the years, opening his own eponymous brand and launching careers for anyone that would model his designs.
Information originally sourced from National Jeweler.