Rumors of fashion designer’s ill health had swirled for several weeks after he missed a number of events – including Chanel’s spring/summer show last month.
Karl Lagerfeld died on February 19 after being admitted to hospital the night before, French media report.
Members of the fashion industry have been lining up to praise his work.
Donatella Versace said his genius had “touched so many” and was a source of inspiration for her and her late brother.
Chanel’s chief executive, Alain Wertheimer, credited Karl Lagerfeld with transforming the brand after he joined in 1983.
He said in a statement: “Thanks to his creative genius, generosity and exceptional intuition, Karl Lagerfeld was ahead of his time, which widely contributed to the House of Chanel’s success throughout the world.”
It has been announced that Virginie Viard, his deputy at fashion house Chanel, will succeed him as creative chief.
Pier Paolo Righi, his own fashion brand’s CEO, described him as a “creative genius”.
A statement from the House of Karl Lagerfeld said: “He leaves behind an extraordinary legacy as one of the greatest designers of our time.”
Celebrities including Victoria Beckham, Diane Kruger and models Gigi and Bella Hadid have also paid tribute.
First Lady Melania Trump shared images on Twitter of a design created by Karl Lagerfeld for her first official White House appearance.
A new high fashion shoot for CR Fashion Bookshows Kim Kardashian as we have never seen her before.
Kim Kardashian, 32, who was heavily pregnant at the time of the May shoot, posed for Karl Lagerfeld with her mouth smeared with jam.
Another image shows her in a black veil and a Yankees cap, while a further frame shows her baring her seven-months-pregnant belly with pride.
Kim Kardashian also appears on one of two covers for the third edition ofthe magazine, which is themed around the idea of hope.
She wears a grill in the image – the latest celebrity to do so – staring down at the camera with her mouth ajar.
CR Fashion Book founder and editor Carine Roitfeld told WWD that the image was a “precious moment of Kim’s pregnancy that people haven’t seen”.
The shoot took place at Karl Lagerfeld’s studio in Paris, and was art-directed by Givenchy creative director Riccardo Tisci – a good friend of Kim Kardashian’s boyfriend Kanye West.
Kim Kardashian, who was heavily pregnant at the time of the May shoot, posed for Karl Lagerfeld with her mouth smeared with jam
It took place the night before the amfAR gala in Cannes, and the team finished up at around 2 AM.
“Karl likes to shoot in the evening,” Carine Roitfeld explained.
“It was hard work. I’m a grandma. But I learned from Karl to never be tired.”
It is not the first time Carine Roitfeld has focused on the idea of pregnancy in her biannual magazine. For her inaugural issue, she featured a photograph of her daughter, Julia Restoin Roitfeld, while heavily pregnant.
“Pregnancy is something that I always love. It’s about hope and the future and a new baby,” Carine Roitfeld said.
But, she insists, her feature on Kim Kardashian is a far cry from the weekly magazines that charted every stage of her pregnancy.
“This is not something for a gossip magazine that goes into the trash. This is a magazine that is a collector’s item,” she said.
The theme of the magazine, hope, was inspired by the baroque painter Caravaggio, a favorite of Carine Roitfeld’s.
The new issue of CR Fashion Book hits newsstands on September 12.
Karl Lagerfeld’s age has long been a mystery, but the Chanel designer has finally revealed that he is 77.
Inviting people to play a guessing game, Karl Lagerfeld held a 70th birthday bash in 2008 and a party celebrating his 79th four years later.
In an interview with Paris Match the white-haired Chanel creative director stated that his real birth date is September 10, 1935.
Karl Lagerfeld said that for decades he didn’t know exactly what year he was born.
Karl Lagerfeld’s age has long been a mystery, but the Chanel designer has finally revealed that he is 77
It was only when his mother died that he discovered it was 1935 and not 1938 as stated on documentation.
“[She] changed the [year]. It was easier to make a 3 or an 8 … I don’t know why she did it,” the fashion designer explained.
Karl Lagerfeld, who grew up in Hamburg, Germany, and is now based in Paris, is known for being a man who carefully crafts his public image.
His original name was Lagerfeldt, but he later changed it to Lagerfeld to make it sound more commercial.
Karl Lagerfeld is also likes to stick to a standard uniform consisting of dark sunglasses, a high-collared white shirt, and fingerless leather gloves.
He started his career in Paris as a teenager after entering a design competition and landing a job with Pierre Balmain. Today he leads the design teams at both Chanel and Fendi along with his own eponymous clothing label.
Outside of the fashion world, Karl Lagerfeld is said to enjoy learning languages and speaks fluent German, English, French and Italian. Other passions include antiques and photography and his pet cat Choupette.
Despite Karl Lagerfeld’s latest revelation regarding his age, Wikipedia and Voguepedia still state that he is 79 years old – leading some to question if he is telling the truth.
Chanel Hula Hoop bag was the most talked-about item on the fashion house spring/summer 2013 catwalk creating a huge social media buzz when it was unveiled at the Grand Palais at Paris Fashion Week in October.
Baffled fashion critics declared it completely ridiculous and unusable but Chanel supremo Karl Lagerfeld wasn’t fazed: “It’s for the beach!” he said, hoping to explain away its bonkers design.
And although the full size bag isn’t actually going on sale, thanks to the hoopla that the hula hoop arm candy caused a smaller version of the design is going to be made will be available next spring.
Measuring 24 centimetres across, the mini hula hoop bag could be all yours for $2,400.
It incorporates the trademark quilted design as well as brand new hooped handle details.
Measuring 24 centimetres across, Chanel mini hula hoop bag could be all yours for $2,400
“You need space for the beach towel and then you can put it into the sand and hang things on it,” Karl Lagerfeld explained of the larger catwalk version.
No word from Chanel yet on what you can fit in to the baby bag.
But the new design from the fashion house is bound to be spotted on the arms of the most fashion forward A-listers when it hits stores.
Avid fans of the French label include Keira Knightley, Blake Lively and Jennifer Lopez, who took up a front row seat alongside daughter Emme at the spring/summer show.
Coco Chanel was famously credited with inventing the little black dress, but she is also responsible for another wardrobe staple – the little black jacket.
Hip-length and boxy in style, the Chanel LBJ was originally launched in 1954 when it was radically different from the nipped-in shape of the Dior jackets popular at the time.
Chanel’s woman was modern and emancipated and the style reflected this.
Her versatile tweed, braid-trimmed, silk-lined jacket sat just-so on the body, the bottom hem weighed down with a thin brass chain.
Variations on the same design are shown each season and sell for thousands – couture versions are still made at the fashion house’s atelier on Paris’ Rue Cambon.
This month, the jacket is the subject of an exhibition which will run at London’s Saatchi Gallery (October 12-28) and includes 113 photographs of celebrities such as Alexa Chung, taken by Chanel’s creative director, Karl Lagerfeld.
“The jacket I photographed is the most classic one,” Karl Lagerfeld explains.
“The closest to the original one Mademoiselle Chanel created.”
The Chanel LBJ was originally launched in 1954
THE LITTLE BLACK JACKET EXHIBITION
Saatchi Gallery is opening its doors to Chanel’s photographic exhibition dedicated to Karl Lagerfeld’s latest book, The Little Black Jacket.
Opening in October, and following the lead of Tokyo, New York, Taipei and Hong Kong, this exhibition underlines the brand’s values of creativity, modernity and excellence.
Featuring 113 iconic photographs of Karl Lagerfeld, modelled on a range of friends and models of the brand, each photo is unique.
From Lily Allen donning a cape to a draped look on model Stella Tennant, or even transformed into a vest on model Edie Campbell, each photo reflects the individual style of each woman.
The Little Black Jacket: CHANEL’s classic revisited by Karl Lagerfeld and Carine Roitfeld will be available worldwide in bookshops this autumn.
The exhibition will be open to the public from Friday 12th October to Sunday 28th October 2012.
Karl Lagerfeld, Chanel creative head, last night joined in with the countdown to London Games as he launched a new collection at Selfridges with a glittering bash.
He unveiled three collections under the Karl Lagerfeld brand: Karl and the premium line Karl Lagerfeld Paris, and a pop-up store selling unique designs created especially for Selfridges customers in honor of the Olympics under the moniker Team Karl.
But despite opening a store in time for the Games, Karl Lagerfeld said he would not be one of the billions from around the world tuning in to the event when it kicks off this week.
“I like the idea, I like the people, but the performances, they are something of a little unhuman now,” he said last night.
“I like the image and the idea better than to watch it.”
Highlights of the collection include gold, silver and bronze logos on T-shirts with Karl Lagerfeld's name on them, sunglasses in medal hues, and metallic trims in the form of glittering gold collars
The logo for the Team Karl range shows the designer standing in the traditional discus pose – an arm swung back about to throw the disc – but still wearing his trademark suit and powdered hair.
Highlights of the collection include gold, silver and bronze logos on T-shirts with Karl Lagerfeld’s name on them, sunglasses in medal hues, and metallic trims in the form of glittering gold collars.
“It’s a collection of today,” he said.
“So it’s the mood the way I see things, with a touch of humor and lightness in it.”
Chanel designer Karl Lagerfeld seems to be discovering his paternal side after welcoming Choupette the Siamese cat into his Paris home after he revealed last year that he could never imagine having children of his own.
Over the past few months Karl Lagerfeld, 78, has invested time teaching his female feline the art of fine dining and, gearing her up for the modern world, how to work an iPad.
The fashion mogul even congratulated Choupette on her progress by posting a Twitter picture of her busy playing on the Apple device.
“She has lunch and dinner with me on the table, with her own food. She doesn’t touch my food.
“She doesn’t want to eat on the floor. She sleeps under a pillow and she even knows how to use an iPad.” Karl Lagerfeld told WWD.
Karl Lagerfeld congratulated Choupette on her progress by posting a Twitter picture of her busy playing on the Apple device
And while he’s away on business Karl Lagerfeld revealed that he has recruited two personal maids to provide Choupette with round-the-clock care.
He added: “She is beyond spoiled.”
Choupette was given to Karl Lagerfeld by his French model muse Baptiste Giabiconi in January and she has since become his primary preoccupation.
He even gets his maids to keep a diary of her moods, movements and eating patterns if he’s not with her.
“In the nine months, we already have almost 600 pages… I think it could be funny to make a little book of Choupette’s diary.”
But we won’t be seeing Choupette fashioning custom-made Chanel wares anytime soon, as Karl Lagerfeld described the act of humanizing pets as “circuslike”.
Last year while sat with former Vogue Paris editor-in-chief Carine Roitfeld for Interview’s September issue, Karl Lagerfeld said: “If I were a woman, I would love to have lots of kids. But for men, I don’t believe in it.”