Morgane Le Caer | 02.19.19 | Celebrity

Karl Lagerfeld Dies Aged 85

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German designer Karl Lagerfeld has died at the age of 85 in Paris.

Creative Director for Chanel since 1983, he worked up until his death but was noticeably absent from the French house’s recent Haute Couture show back in January. At the time, a statement was released explaining that “Mr Lagerfeld, artistic director of Chanel, who was feeling tired, asked Virginie Viard, director of the creative studio of the house, to represent him.” 

Lagerfeld — who also designed collections Fendi, as well as for his eponymous brand — was born in 1933 in Germany and emigrated to Paris as a teenager. he became a design assistant for Pierre Balmain before starting working for Fendi and Chloé in the 1960s, and joining Chanel a decade after Coco Chanel’s death.

Having spent a record-breaking 36 years working for the French house, Karl Lagerfeld became a celebrity in his own right, with a distinctive look that made him instantly recognisable and that he described as “a caricature of myself.”


Morgane Le Caer

Morgane Le Caer is Fashion Insights Reporter at She studied English Literature & Foreign Civilisations at UCL, before spending four years writing fashion, beauty, celebrity, and lifestyle content at Popsugar. You’ll see her writing about the biggest events and latest trends taking over the fashion industry.