Fashion industry bids farewell to Karl Lagerfeld

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Karl Lagerfeld enjoyed the stature of a god among mortals in the world of fashion, where he stayed on top for more than half of a century and up to his death, at an age almost nobody apart from himself knew with to-the-day precision.

The German designer, who died on Tuesday aged 85, was best known for his association with France’s Chanel, dating back to 1983.

He had been unwell for several weeks and was hospitalised on Monday, reports said, but the cause of the death was not immediately clear.

Chanel, the legend now goes, risked becoming the preserve of moneyed grannies before he arrived, slashing hemlines and adding glitz to the prim tweed suits of what is now one of the world’s most valuable couture houses.

But Lagerfeld, who simultaneously churned out collections for LVMH’s (Moët Hennessy-Louis Vuitton) Fendi and his eponymous label, was almost a brand in his own right.

Sporting dark suits, white, pony-tailed hair and tinted sunglasses in his later years that made him instantly recognisable, an irreverent wit was also part of a carefully crafted persona.

“I am like a caricature of myself, and I like that,” runs one legendary quote attributed to him, and often recycled to convey the person he liked to play.

“It is like a mask.....and for me the Carnival of Venice lasts all year long.”




Source: Smart Trend Team