– EN Fashion – Some of the biggest names in fashion and showbiz have shared their sadness at the passing of Karl Lagerfeld.
News broke on Tuesday morning (19Feb19) that the German fashion giant had passed away at the age of 85, with sources claiming he died after a secret battle with pancreatic cancer.
Stars have now paid tribute to the Chanel head, who also helmed the womenswear and fur collections at Fendi and ran his own namesake label.
“Karl your genius touched the lives of so many, especially Gianni and I. We will never forget your incredible talent and endless inspiration. We were always learning from you,” Donatella Versace wrote next to a black and white photo of the pair on Instagram, while Victoria Beckham posted: “So incredibly sad to hear this. Karl was a genius and always so kind and generous to me both personally and professionally. RIP (broken heart emoji)x vb.”
British Vogue editor Edward Enninful told his followers that the world had “lost one of the greatest designers in the history of fashion” and Bella Hadid admitted “nothing feels right today” after she heard of Lagerfeld’s passing.
A lot of the iconic couturier’s famous muses also shared their grief.
“Karl…..I cannot tell you how much you meant to me and how much I will miss you… I will never forget your kindness towards me, your laughs, your imagination. I came to France see you this week and introduce you to my daughter…I’m heartbroken I was too late. Rest In Peace, I adore you,” Diane Kruger wrote.
“You made me feel like a princess,” Lily Allen posted. “I never quite understood what you saw in me but I am forever grateful for the support that you and Chanel have given me over the last 15 years. Rest In Peace Karl, you were a true genius and will be missed, so much.”
And Alexa Chung said: “Rest in peace, Karl. I remember being so scared to interview you and yet you were in fact incredibly witty and generous. Thank you for inviting me to some of the most glamorous experiences of my life, it was an honour to know you. Oh yeah and thanks for the dry shampoo tip, will always think of you as I powder my wig.”
Chanel has also released an official statement, via CEO Alain Wertheimer.
“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,” Wertheimer said. “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.”
Concerns over Lagerfeld’s health were recently raised after Chanel announced he was too “tired” to appear at the Spring/ Summer haute couture show in Paris in January, the first time he had ever missed the final bow.
Chanel’s Fall/Winter 19 show is scheduled for the final day of Paris Fashion Week on 5 March, while Fendi will be showing in Milan on Thursday.