Fashion Designer Karl Lagerfeld Dies Aged 85

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The French media has reported the death of esteemed fashion designer, Karl Lagerfeld in Paris.

Creative Director for Chanel and Fendi, Lagerfeld also designed his own collections and in his true prolific nature, is said to have worked right up until his death. The last few weeks saw the designer suffer from being so unwell that he was unable to attend the Chanel Haute Couture Spring/Summer 2019 show in January, sending Virginie Viard, director of the creative studio of the house to greet guests in his place. As one of the most talented and prominent figures within the fashion industry, his absence didn’t go unnoticed and concern mounted for the fashion legend.

Lagerfeld has been paramount to the success of each of the labels under his direction and in the fast changing pace of the fashion world committed his work to remaining a stalwart figure within the industry, working tirelessly to create up to a dozen collections per year all created on the basis of his vision for the brand rather than succumbing to trends. He started his impressive and dedicated career to fashion in 1983 when he first took over the creative reins for Chanel a decade after Coco Chanel’s death. A year later saw the launch of his eponymous label. It wasn’t long before Lagerfeld had established himself as a true fashion force to be reckoned with.

As the industry continues through fashion month, the loss of such a treasured industry member will be felt immensely. Fendi is due to present their Autumn/Winter 2019 collection next Thursday at Milan Fashion Week with the Chanel show scheduled in Paris for 5th March.

Niamh Crawford-Walker

Niamh is a full time fashion and features writer at The Style Edit. Her work has previously appeared in IMAGE magazine, and Emirates Woman.

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