PARIS, Feb 19 (Reuters) - German haute-couture designer Karl Lagerfeld, artistic director at Chanel and an icon of the global fashion industry for over half a century, has died, a source at the French fashion house Chanel said on Tuesday. He was 85.
Lagerfeld, instantly recognizable in his dark suits, pony-tailed white hair and tinted sun glasses, was best known for his association with Chanel but simultaneously delivered collections for LVMH's Fendi and his own eponymous label.
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Designer Karl Lagerfeld (L) and Silvia Venturini Fendi greet the audience at the end of the show for fashion house Fendi during the Women's Spring/Summer 2018 fashion shows in Milan, on September 21, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Miguel MEDINA (Photo credit should read MIGUEL MEDINA/AFP/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - JULY 04: Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo (L) gives to Karl Lagerfeld the 'Medaille Grand Vermeil de la Ville de Paris' after the Chanel Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2017-2018 show as part of Haute Couture Paris Fashion Week on July 4, 2017 in Paris, France. (Photo by Stephane Cardinale - Corbis/Corbis via Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - JULY 04: (L-R) Katy Perry, Karl Lagerfeld, Cara Delevingne and Claudia Schiffer attend the Chanel Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2017-2018 show as part of Haute Couture Paris Fashion Week on July 4, 2017 in Paris, France. (Photo by Stephane Cardinale - Corbis/Corbis via Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - JUNE 16: (L-R) Singer Rihanna and Member of the Jury, stylist Karl Lagerfeld attend the 'Young Fashion Designer' : LVMH Prize 2017 Edition at Fondation Louis Vuitton on June 16, 2017 in Paris, France. (Photo by Bertrand Rindoff Petroff/Getty Images)
MONTE-CARLO, MONACO - MARCH 18: (EDITORS NOTE: NO TABLOIDS) - Princess Caroline of Hanover and Karl Lagerfeld attend the Rose Ball 2017 Secession Viennoise To Benefit The Princess Grace Foundation at Sporting Monte-Carlo on March 18, 2017 in Monte-Carlo, Monaco. (Photo by Gaetan Luci/Palais Princier/SBM/SC Pool - Corbis/Corbis via Getty Images)
MONTE-CARLO, MONACO - MARCH 18: (EDITORS NOTE: NO TABLOIDS) - Charlotte Casiraghi, Mona Walravens and Karl Lagerfeld during the Rose Ball 2017 To Benefit The Princess Grace Foundation at Sporting Monte-Carlo on March 18, 2017 in Monte-Carlo, Monaco. (Photo by Pierre Villard/Palais Princier/ SBM/SC Pool - Corbis/Corbis via Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - MARCH 07: (L-R) Sebastien Jondeau, Stylist Karl Lagerfeld and Pharrell Williams attend the Chanel show as part of the Paris Fashion Week Womenswear Fall/Winter 2017/2018 on March 7, 2017 in Paris, France. (Photo by Bertrand Rindoff Petroff/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - MARCH 07: (L-R) Vanessa Paradis and Stylist Karl Lagerfeld pose after the Chanel show as part of the Paris Fashion Week Womenswear Fall/Winter 2017/2018 on March 7, 2017 in Paris, France. (Photo by Bertrand Rindoff Petroff/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - MARCH 07: (L-R) Cara Delevingne, Stylist Karl Lagerfeld and Pharrell Williams attend the Chanel show as part of the Paris Fashion Week Womenswear Fall/Winter 2017/2018 on March 7, 2017 in Paris, France. (Photo by Bertrand Rindoff Petroff/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - MARCH 02: Karl Lagerfeld and Delphine Arnault attend the Cocktail Reception For The LVMH PRIZE 2017 on March 2, 2017 in Paris, France. (Photo by Victor Boyko/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - MARCH 02: Kendall Jenner and Karl Lagerfeld attend the Cocktail Reception For The LVMH PRIZE 2017 on March 2, 2017 in Paris, France. (Photo by Victor Boyko/Getty Images)
German fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld (R) acknowledges the audience next to French and US actress and model Lily-Rose Melody Depp at the end of the Chanel during the 2017 spring/summer Haute Couture collection on January 24, 2017 at the Grand Palais in Paris.
/ AFP / Patrick KOVARIK (Photo credit should read PATRICK KOVARIK/AFP/Getty Images)
Karl Lagerfeld and Anna Wintour attending the British Fashion Awards at the London Coliseum, St Martin's Lane, in London.
Karl Lagerfeld (right) arriving for the wedding of Prince Albert II of Monaco and Charlene Wittstock at the Place du Palais.
Karl Lagerfeld and Courtney Love arriving at the AmfAR Gala, during the 64th Cannes International Film Festival, at the Hotel du Cap, in Cannes, France.
(L-R) Karl Lagerfeld, Diane Kruger and Denys Arcand arrive for the closing ceremony during the 60th annual Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, France. Picture date: Sunday 27 May 2007. Photo credit should read: Anthony Harvey/PA Wire
SHANGHAI, CHINA - DECEMBER 19: German fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld attends the 2016 Digital Fashion Grand Ceremony on December 19, 2016 in Shanghai, China. (Photo by VCG/VCG via Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - DECEMBER 06: (L-R) Stylist Karl Lagerfeld and Lily-Rose Depp attends the 'Chanel Collection des Metiers d'Art 2016/17 : Paris Cosmopolite' : Show at Hotel Ritz on December 6, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Bertrand Rindoff Petroff/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - DECEMBER 06: (L-R) Pharrell Williams, journalist Anna Wintour and stylist Karl Lagerfeld attend the 'Chanel Collection des Metiers d'Art 2016/17 : Paris Cosmopolite' : Show at Hotel Ritz on December 6, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Bertrand Rindoff Petroff/Getty Images)
Princess Caroline of Hanover and Karl Lagerfeld attend The 62nd Rose Ball To Benefit The Princess Grace Foundation at Sporting Monte-Carlo on March 19, 2016 in Monte-Carlo, Monaco. (Photo by Stephane Cardinale/Corbis via Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - JANUARY 26: (L-R) Stylist Karl Lagerfeld and Actress Diane Kruger attend the Chanel Spring Summer 2016 show as part of Paris Fashion Week on January 26, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Rindoff/Le Segretain/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - JANUARY 26: (L-R) Model Cara Delevingne and Stylist Karl Lagerfeld attend the Chanel Spring Summer 2016 show as part of Paris Fashion Week on January 26, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Rindoff/Le Segretain/Getty Images)
ROME, ITALY - DECEMBER 01: Karl Lagerfeld and Franca Sozzani attend the Chanel Metiers d'Art 2015/16 Fashion Show at Cinecitta on December 1, 2015 in Rome, Italy. (Photo by Ernesto Ruscio/Getty Images)
Anna Wintour and Karl Lagerfeld attend the British Fashion Awards at The Coliseum. (Photo by rune hellestad/Corbis via Getty Images)
ROME, ITALY - NOVEMBER 30: Baptiste Giabiconi and Karl Lagerfeld are seen at dinner before the Chanel Party on November 30, 2015 in Rome, Italy. (Photo by Agostino Fabio/GC Images)
PARIS, FRANCE: Gloria Von Thurn und Taxis and Karl Lagerfeld attend a fashion week Party at Les Bains Douches in the 1980s in Paris, France. (Photo by Foc Kan/WireImage)
PARIS, FRANCE: Victoire de Castellane and Karl Lagerfeld attend the Victoire de Castellane Birthday Party at Les Bains Douches in January, 1992, in Paris, France. (Photo by Foc Kan/WireImage)
PARIS, FRANCE - SEPTEMBER 30: Riccardo Tisci, Ciara, Karl Lagerfeld, Carine Roitfeld and Kim Kardashian attend the CR Fashion Book Issue No.5 Launch Party hosted by Carine Roitfeld and Stephen Gan at The Peninsula Paris on September 30, 2014 in Paris, France. (Photo by Antonio de Moraes Barros Filho/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 05: Designer Karl Lagerfeld and actress Tilda Swinton attend The Museum of Modern Art Film Benefit: A Tribute to Tilda Swinton reception at Museum of Modern Art on November 5, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images)
Diane Kruger and Karl Lagerfeld arrive at the re-opening party for the Chanel Soho store in New York September 9, 2010. REUTERS/Eric Thayer (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT FASHION)
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French celebrity online magazine Purepeople said Lagerfeld died on Tuesday morning after being rushed to a hospital in Neuilly-sur-Seine just outside Paris the night before.
A spokesman for Chanel was not immediately available for comment.
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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 ❤️