Karl Lagerfeld, the legendary fashion designer who served as longtime creative director of major brands such as Chanel and Fendi, died early Tuesday. He was 85. Chanel, which he had led since 1983, announced the news of his passing. The German-born designer also oversaw the LVMH-owned label Fendi as well as his own self-named label.
Lagerfeld became a recognizable figure in fashion for his unique personal style — black sunglasses, 19th-century-style high-collared shirts, Chromes Hearts rings and a shock of white hair often pulled back into a ponytail.
Lagerfeld’s death was met with an outpouring of grief from the fashion world he had presided over for so many years. Many paid tribute to his genius and the legacy he was leaving behind.
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