On Tuesday morning, it was announced that the fashion world had suffered a great loss: legendary designer and Creative Director of Chanel, Karl Lagerfeld has passed away.
Countless celebrities and members of the fashion industry immediately started sharing their own messages of sorrow, including Condé Nast Artistic Director and Vogue Editor in Chief Anna Wintour.
Anna Wintour and Karl Lagerfeld together
Anna Wintour and Karl Lagerfeld together
LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 23: Anna Wintour and Karl Lagerfeld attend the British Fashion Awards 2015 at London Coliseum on November 23, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Mike Marsland/WireImage)
BOULOGNE-BILLANCOURT, FRANCE - OCTOBER 20: (L-R) Anna Wintour and Karl Lagerfeld attend the Foundation Louis Vuitton Opening at Foundation Louis Vuitton on October 20, 2014 in Boulogne-Billancourt, France. (Photo by Rindoff/Charriau/French Select/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 13: Editor-in-Chief of American Vogue Anna Wintour (L) and Artistic Director Karl Lagerfeld attend the CHANEL Dinner Celebrating N°5 THE FILM by Baz Luhrmann on October 13, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Stefanie Keenan/WireImage)
PARIS, FRANCE - SEPTEMBER 30: (L-R) Karl Lagerfeld, Mario Testino, Anna Wintour, Baz Luhrmann, Catherine Martin and Astrid Berges-Frisbey attend the Chanel show as part of Paris Fashion Week Womenswear Spring/Summer 2015 at the Grand Palais on September 30, 2014 in Paris, France. (Photo by Kristy Sparow/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - SEPTEMBER 30: Anna Wintour and Karl Lagerfeld attends the Chanel show as part of the Paris Fashion Week Womenswear Spring/Summer 2015 on September 30, 2014 in Paris, France. (Photo by Rindoff/Dufour/French Select/Getty Images)
DALLAS, TX - DECEMBER 10: Anna Wintour and Karl Lagerfeld speak to eachother during the Chanel 'Metiers d'Art' Show at Fair Park on December 10, 2013 in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Cooper Neill/Getty Images for Chanel)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 05: Event honoree Tilda Swinton (C) and event co-chairs Karl Lagerfeld (L) and Anna Wintour attend the Museum of Modern Art 2013 Film benefit - A Tribute To Tilda Swinton on November 5, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Gary Gershoff/WireImage)
PARIS, FRANCE - JULY 03: Anna Wintour and Karl Lagerfeld attend the Chanel Haute-Couture Show as part of Paris Fashion Week Fall / Winter 2012/13 at Grand Palais on July 3, 2012 in Paris, France. (Photo by Dominique Charriau/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 15: Pedro Almodovar, Anna Wintour and Karl Lagerfeld attend the Museum of Modern Art's 4th Annual Film benefit 'A Tribute to Pedro Almodovar' at the Museum of Modern Art on November 15, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Eugene Gologursky/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 06: Karl Lagerfeld and American Vogue Editor-in-Chief Anna Wintour visit Macy's Herald Square on September 6, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Robin Marchant/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 21: American Vogue Editor-in-Chief Anna Wintour and Designer Karl Lagerfeld attend the debut of Karl Lagerfeld & Rachel Bilson's original film series inspired by Magnum Ice Cream during the 10th annual Tribeca Film Festival at the IAC Building on April 21, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Gilbert Carrasquillo/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 15: (L-R) Winner Billy Reid, Anna Wintour, Karl Lagerfeld, finalist Prabal Gurung, Diane von Furstenberg, and finalist Eddie Borgo pose for pictures at the 7th Annual CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Awards at Skylight SOHO on November 15, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Gary Gershoff/WireImage)
Anna Wintour, Karl Lagerfeld and Diane Kruger attend(s) KARL LAGERFELD To Be Honored by FIT'S Couture Council Presented by DIANE KRUGER & Sponsored by QUINTESSENTIALLY at Avery Fisher Hall in Lincoln Center on September 10th, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Nick Hunt/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
Anna Wintour and Karl Lagerfeld attend the Karl Lagerfeld Ready-to-Wear A/W 2009/2010 fashion show during Paris Fashion Week. (Photo by Stephane Cardinale/Corbis via Getty Images)
MILAN, ITALY - MARCH 02: Karl Lagerfeld and Anna Wintour greet backstage prior to the Fendi show during Milan Fashion Week Womenswear Autumn/Winter 2009 on March 2, 2009 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Venturelli/WireImage)
NEW YORK CITY, NY - OCTOBER 23: Anna Wintour and Karl Lagerfeld attend The Fashion Group International 'NIGHT OF STARS' 2008 Gala: The Alchemists at Cipriani Wall Street on October 23, 2008 in New York City. (Photo by BILLY FARRELL/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
PARIS - OCTOBER 01: American Vogue editor in chief Anna Wintour (L) chats with designer Karl Lagerfeld at the Karl Lagerfeld Spring/Summer 2009 show during Paris Fashion Week at Espace Eiffel on October 1, 2008 in Paris, France. (Photo by Michel Dufour/WireImage)
MIAMI BEACH, FL - MAY 15: Karl Lagerfeld and Anna Wintour attend CHANEL 2008 Cruise Collection - Backstage at The Raleigh Hotel on May 15, 2008 in Miami Beach, FL. (Photo by BILLY FARRELL/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
MIAMI BEACH, FL - MAY 15: Karl Lagerfeld and Anna Wintour attend CHANEL 2008 Cruise Collection - Afterparty at The Raleigh Hotel on May 15, 2008 in Miami Beach, FL. (Photo by BILLY FARRELL/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
NEW YORK CITY, NY - MAY 5: Anna Wintour and Karl Lagerfeld attend Nina Ricci after party for Met Ball hosted by Olivier Theyskens and Lauren Santo Domingo at Philippe on May 5, 2008 in New York City. (Photo by DAVID X PRUTTING/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
PARIS - OCTOBER 4: Andre Leon Tallet, Karl Lagerfeld and Anna Wintur attend the Karl Lagerfeld Fashion Show, as part of Paris Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2007 on October 4, 2006 in Paris, France. (Photo by Michel Dufour/WireImage)
NEW YORK CITY, NY - JUNE 5: Anna Wintour and Karl Lagerfeld attend The 2006 CFDA Fashion Awards at The New York Public Library on June 5, 2006 in New York City. (Photo by Patrick McMullan/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
Karl Lagerfeld, Bee Shaffer and Anna Wintour (Photo by Jemal Countess/WireImage for Nadine Johnson Inc)
NEW YORK CITY, NY - MAY 2: (L-R) Nicole Kidman, Karl Lagerfeld and Anna Wintour attend The Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Spring 2005 Benefit Gala celebrating the exhibition 'Chanel.' at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 2, 2005 in New York City. (Photo by Billy Farrell/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - MAY 02: Anna Wintour and Karl Lagerfeld are at the Metropolitan Museum of Art for the annual Costume Institute Gala. They co-chaired the event. (Photo by Richard Corkery/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)
Anna Wintour and Karl Lagerfeld during 12th Annual Council of Fashion Designers of America Awards at Lincoln Center's New York State Theater in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY Äì CIRCA 1993: Karl Lagerfeld and Anna Wintour attend the 12th Annual Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) Awards at Lincoln Center circa 1993 in New York City. (Photo by Sonia Moskowitz/IMAGES/Getty Images)
Designer Karl Lagerfeld and Vogue Editor Anna Wintour attend Chanel Presents 'Off The Street' Fashion Show on September 12, 1991 at Bergdorf Goodman in New York City. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Vogue Editor Anna Wintour and designer Karl Lagerfeld attend Paris Haute Couture Fashion Show and Cocktail Party on September 5, 1990 at the Plaza Hotel in New York City. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
NEW YORK CITY - NOVEMBER 29: Anna Wintour and Karl Lagerfeld attends Seventh On Sale AIDS Benefit on November 29, 1990 at the 69th Regiment Armory in New York City. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
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Vogue.com published an article Tuesday morning sharing a personal message from Wintour:
“Today the world lost a giant among men. Karl was so much more than our greatest and most prolific designer—his creative genius was breathtaking and to be his friend was an exceptional gift. Karl was brilliant, he was wicked, he was funny, he was generous beyond measure, and he was deeply kind. I will miss him so very much.”
For years, the friends worked together closely and it was rare for Wintour to be missing from the front row at a Chanel fashion show.
See more tributes to Karl Lagerfeld below:
Stars react to Karl Lagerfeld's death
Stars react to Karl Lagerfeld's death
Nothing feels right today..at a loss for words and so heartbroken by the loss of Karl. His humor, wit , love and passion for fashion will live on forever. Thank you for the inspiration that you gave to this world and for all of the hearts that you touched in the process. Every time I saw you it felt like the first time & I will miss your hugs so much. I feel so lucky to have been in your presence. Sending my love to the Lagerfeld family and to all closest to him. I am so sorry. We all love you so much .💔 Rest In Peace KL❤️
We lost a true legend!!!! You were such an inspiration to the world! You shot my first fashion shoot and I was so nervous to work with such an icon! The world is so much chicer because you existed! I am beyond honored to have met you and had the opportunity to work with you. You are so loved and will be so missed 💔
Karl Lagerfeld didn’t breath oxygen. He breathed fashion. He had both an artistic and a business eye that defined w… https://t.co/C818anGnEf
Today the world lost a creative genius. We will miss you Karl! #RIPKarlLagerfeld https://t.co/8MMcWqDphE
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.
So incredibly sad to hear this. Karl was a genius and always so kind and generous to me both personally and professionally. RIP 💔x vb
“Evolution is the secret for the next step” - rest in peace, Karl Lagerfeld ❤
My heart is broken. Thank you for everything x
Karl, genius provocateur has gone quietly... Such a perceptive witness of our times , his intelligence, talent and enormous knowledge will be missed...
I got to interview Karl when I was the editor of @luckymagazine and, since it was around April Fool’s Day, we mocked up a cover of the issue with his cat on the cover. He was so tickled by it that he asked to keep it. I didn’t know him well but in my fleeting encounters with him, he had a wicked wit (he had very strong opinions about Athleisure) and a true fashion legend. Rest In Peace, thank you for inspiring us
"Today the world lost a giant among men." Anna Wintour remembers Chanel’s creative director and her longtime friend… https://t.co/zlfpA5mrZk
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. ❤️
this image alone was enough to make my generation dream...
Beyond devastated to hear that my darling friend and legendary genius, Karl Lagerfeld, has passed away. Karl was a true artist and visionary, and was one of the most magical, inspiring, mesmeric beings to know and work with. His awe-inspiring presence and legacy in fashion and life will be eternal.
I will miss you, my darling friend, and treasure the amazing, joyful and fun memories we made together. 💫💫💫💫💫💫💫💫💫💫💫
💔 Karl... Great love of my life. 💔@karllagerfeld @chanelofficial 💔💔💔💔💔💔💔💔💔💔💔💔💔💔💔💔💔💔💔💔💔💔💔💔💔💔💔💔💔💔💔💔💔💔💔
The end of an era! RIP Karl Lagerfeld #KarlLagerfeld https://t.co/gU6emIyL28
You made me feel like a princess. I never quite understood what you saw in me but I am forever grateful for the sup… https://t.co/pW24Hwinuw
Rest in peace Karl Lagerfeld. A true fashion maestro and visionary who inspired many. The impact he made and the le… https://t.co/5jpxxrOU6F
My first Instagram post taken 8yrs ago in Karl’s library / studio. I spent so many nights here. Karl always liked t… https://t.co/AZq0EXAhqN
Rest in love ❤️❤️❤️🌥 #karllagerfeld #chanel
It was such a thrill and a pleasure to have met you, to have worked with you, and to have experienced the amazing t… https://t.co/esHZQdi10w
You bought so much beauty, style and grace to this world. Karl, you will forever be a true legend, an icon, an insp… https://t.co/1mYgYYrGf6
Dear Karl, thank you for all the sparkles .... thank you bringing beauty and lightness in our world, so much color in the darkness, so much wit in our dull days. I think you wouldn’t have wished for too many tears or too many flowers but you will be missed. The whole world and I will miss you. RIP 🙏 Cher Karl, merci pour toutes ces étincelles ✨.... merci d’avoir apporté tant de beauté et de légèreté dans ce monde si lourd, tant de couleurs dans cette grisaille, tant d’esprit dans cette époque éteinte. Je crois que vous n’auriez pas aimé trop de larmes, trop de fleurs ou de couronnes mais vous allez beaucoup manquer. À moi comme au monde entier.
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 to see you this week and introduce you to my daughter...I’m heartbroken I was too late ♥️ Rest In Peace, I adore you ♥️
Rest in peace 🖤
Karl was my magic dust, he transformed me from a shy German girl into a supermodel. He taught me about fashion, style and survival in the fashion business. What Warhol was to art, he was to fashion; he is irreplaceable. He is the only person who could make black and white colourful! I will be eternally grateful to him.
I don’t even recall him knowing my name, but man did I know his. We have lost a true genius in the fashion world. H… https://t.co/r9wAhKGkGF
Thank you for everything Karl x https://t.co/UVY28s2K0b
The only thing more inspiring than #karllagerfeld’s prolific creative genius was his kind heart, generosity and irreverent spirit! His mark on the fashion industry will live on forever, his loss resonates deeply with all who had the privilege to work with him ❤️