• Iconic fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld has passed away in Paris at 85 years old.
  • He was best known for being creative director of Chanel, Fendi, and his eponymous brand.
  • Fashion industry figures and celebrities, including Donatella Versace, Linda Evangelista, Iman, and Victoria Beckham, and more are paying tribute to the designer on social media.

The fashion world lost one of its most prominent figures today with the passing of Karl Lagerfeld. The designer, who was 85 years old, led a prolific career in fashion, most notably in his work as creative director at Chanel, Fendi, and his own namesake brand. His death was confirmed this morning in a statement from the house of Chanel.

Over the course of six-decade career, Lagerfeld touched the lives of those both in and out of the fashion world. From models to muses, designers, and celebrities, Lagerfeld left a lasting impact on everyone he worked with. As we reflect on the designer's incredible legacy, we're looking to all those helping pay tribute to him today.

From fellow designers like Donatella Versace and Virgil Abloh to legendary supermodels like Iman and Naomi, this is how the fashion world is honoring and remembering Karl Lagerfeld.

House of Chanel

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It is with deep sadness that the House of CHANEL announces the passing of Karl Lagerfeld, the Creative Director for the CHANEL Fashion House since 1983. An extraordinary creative individual, Karl Lagerfeld reinvented the brand’s codes created by Gabrielle Chanel: the CHANEL jacket and suit, the little black dress, the precious tweeds, the two-tone shoes, the quilted handbags, the pearls and costume jewelry. Regarding Gabrielle Chanel, he said, “My job is not to do what she did, but what she would have done. The good thing about Chanel is it is an idea you can adapt to many things.” A prolific creative mind with endless imagination, Karl Lagerfeld explored many artistic horizons, including photography and short films. The House of CHANEL benefited from his talent for all the branding campaigns related to Fashion since 1987. Finally, one cannot refer to Karl Lagerfeld without mentioning his innate sense of repartee and self-mockery. Alain Wertheimer, CEO of CHANEL, said: “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. Today, not only have I lost a friend, but we have all lost an extraordinary creative mind to whom I gave carte blanche in the early 1980s to reinvent the brand.” Bruno Pavlovsky, President of Fashion at CHANEL, said: “Fashion show after fashion show, collection after collection, Karl Lagerfeld left his mark on the legend of Gabrielle Chanel and the history of the House of CHANEL. He steadfastly promoted the talent and expertise of CHANEL’s ateliers and Métiers d’Art, allowing this exceptional know-how to shine throughout the world. The greatest tribute we can pay today is to continue to follow the path he traced by – to quote Karl – ‘continuing to embrace the present and invent the future’.” Virginie Viard, Director of CHANEL’s Fashion Creation Studio and Karl Lagerfeld’s closest collaborator for more than 30 years, has been entrusted by Alain Wertheimer with the creative work for the collections, so that the legacy of Gabrielle Chanel and Karl Lagerfeld can live on.

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Karl Lagerfeld, the brand

Glenda Bailey, Editor-in-Chief of Harper's BAZAAR

Carine Roitfeld

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Linda Evangelista

Naomi Campbell

Gisele Bündchen

Bella Hadid

Gigi Hadid

Victoria Beckham

David Beckham

Donatella Versace

Carla Bruni

Marion Cotillard

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Cher Karl Cher maître Votre Présence si vibrante, votre profonde gentillesse, l’intérêt et la curiosité que vous aviez pour les gens et le monde m’ont profondément touchée. Ce que vous laissez est Vivant, Lumineux, Eclatant. Le mot Génie vous habillait à la perfection. Merci pour la beauté, l’humour, la poésie, l’authenticité, l’excellence, la passion et l’amour. Merci d’avoir tant donné à la France. Et à l’Art. Je vous souhaite un merveilleux et paisible voyage. Avec tout mon amour. ♥️♥️♥️ Marion Dear Karl Dear maestro Your Being was so vibrante, your profound kindness, your curiosity of the world and humanity touched me so deeply. What you have left is Alive, Luminous and Bright. The world Genius suits you perfectly. Thank you for the beauty, the humor, the poetry, the authenticity, the excellence, the passion and the love. Thank you for giving so much to France. And to Art. I wish you a wonderful and peaceful journey. With all my love.♥️♥️♥️ Marion

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Adut Akech

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Shocked doesn’t even describe what I’m feeling right now, I just received the WORSE NEWS that @karllagerfeld has passed away this morning after weeks of being so ill 😢It’s so hard to believe that you’re gone, I didn’t think that 3 weeks ago would be the last time I saw, hugged and kissed you 😣 Karl thank so much for being one of the people in this industry that really believed in me and took a chance with me. Working with Chanel had always been one my biggest dream since I started modelling and you made that dream come true for me. I don’t think I could ever thank you enough for the life changing experiences and opportunities that I received from you. It makes me so proud to know that I got to be apart of your legacy. I got to be in front of your camera while you took some of the beautiful images of me. We got to make history together. It’s moments like this that I will cherish for the rest of my life. I truely love Karl so much not only for his incredible work as a designer and photographer but he made me feel so special in way no one else did. Every time I was in his presence he always made me feel like the most beautiful girl in the room. He gave me so much confidence and belief in myself. He will always hold a special spot in my heart. @djcori thank you for always being by Karl side and I’m so sorry for your loss. Karl I love you, the world loves you and we will miss and think of you everyday. Thank you for everything you did for me and the industry. You have done more than enough for this world , now it’s time for you to finally rest at peace legend 🙏🏾 💔💔💔 🕊

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Lily Rose Depp

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Cher Karl, que dire pour exprimer à quel point vous allez nous manquer. The world will never know another force like you. My heart is so heavy today, but so full of gratitude for all that you have taught and done for me. Your kindness, humour, and loyalty will live on in the hearts of those who knew you and your genius will live on forever. I feel so lucky to have been able to work with you so closely, but even luckier to have known your heart and incredible spirit. I will hold every moment spent with you so dear. Words can’t express how much your belief in me has impacted every aspect of my life; it is a gift I could never thank you enough for. You truly made my dreams come true. Thinking of my Chanel family today and all those who knew and loved Karl ❤️ Karl, on vous aime. Merci, merci, merci. Vous êtes éternel.

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Kris Jenner

Virgil Abloh

Alexandre Vauthier

Liu Wen

Diane Kruger

Kim Kardashian West

We lost a true legend! You were such an inspiration to the world! You shot my first fashion shoot & I was so nervous to work w such an icon! The world is so much chicer because u existed! I’m beyond honored to have had the opportunity to work w u. U are so loved & will be missed pic.twitter.com/0BSXoLDNN7 - Kim Kardashian West (@KimKardashian) February 19, 2019

Alexa Chung

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Alexander Wang

Lindsay Lohan

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My heart is broken. Thank you for everything x

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