Fashion Designer Karl Lagerfeld Dead at 85
German fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld was pronounced dead today, February 19, in Paris, France.
Before his death, the designer and creative director had been unwell for the past weeks and had missed a couple of fashion shows, reports BBC. A source in Paris said that he was admitted to the hospital on Monday and died on Tuesday morning.
The designer's demise comes just days before Fendi's ready-to-wear fall/winter presentation, which is set to take place in Milan Fashion Week on Thursday, February 21. WWD reports that he was still directing his team until the very end.
On January 22, Lagerfeld missed his final bow at the Chanel Haute Couture spring presentation, which many found odd. Instead, his right-hand woman at Chanel Virgine Viard, took his place by the end of the show. Representatives from Chanel explained that the designer "was feeling tired" and asked Viard to greet the crowd instead.
He is best known for his work with fashion house Chanel, where he served as creative director. He was also creative director of Fendi since 1965 and his own eponymous fashion line since 1974.
His claim to fame was when started working at Chanel in 1983, but Lagerfeld first worked as an assistant for Pierre Balmain after winning a design competition in 1955. He then worked at Chloé and Fendi before lending his creative talents to Chanel. In the 1980s, the fashion genius introduced Chanel's recognizable interlocked "CC" logo, making it a staple icon and pattern for the brand.