Karl Lagerfeld, who died yesterday at 85, leaves behind an extraordinary legacy as one of the greatest designers of our time. He was also an unstoppable eclectic creative mind, artist, illustrator, publisher, interior designer, photographer and unique style icon.
In addition to being the creative director of his namesake brand, Karl Lagerfeld was the creative director of both the Chanel and Fendi houses respectively since 1983 and 1965.
Along with his prestigious creative direction of the two high-end brands, he also kept the same position at the Karl Lagerfeld brand, which conveyed his own vision and aesthetic through aspirational, accessible collections, an ethos that will continue to remain at the core of the brand.
His last appearance on social networks happened on February 5, 2019, through his own Instagram page thanking his fans after he had reached one million followers. Virginie Viard, a long-time and close co-worker of Lagerfeld, will succeed in his role at Chanel.
The designer had aroused some worries about his state of health among fans and insiders a few weeks ago when on January 22 he did not show up at the end of the Chanel show in Paris. He simply commented on his absence explaining he was feeling extremely tired.