German born fashion designer, Karl Lagerfeld has reported died at the age of 85.
He was known as the creative director of the French fashion house, Chanel and also as the creative director of the Italian fashion fur and leather goods fashion house, Fendi.
Lagerfeld was characterized with his trademark white ponytail, high starched collars and dark enigmatic glasses.
The Iconic fashion designer who was said to have been battling with pancreatic cancer was reported to have been rushed to the hospital while suffering from the disease.
He hadn’t gone on about his illness, but battled it very bravely,” said one source. “Karl was very proud of his fitness and healthy living, so the pancreatic cancer came as a huge shock.”
His death was also confirmed by Chanel as he was said to have died early early Tuesday.
Many of his admirers also took to social media to pay a tribute.
Chairman and CEO of LVMH, which owns Fendi, Bernard Annault siad:
With the passing of Karl Lagerfeld we have lost a creative genius who helped to make Paris the fashion capital of the world and Fendi one of the most innovative Italian houses.
“We owe him a great deal: his taste and talent were the most exceptional I have ever known. I will always remember his immense imagination, his ability to conceive new trends for every season, his inexhaustible energy, the virtuosity of his drawings, his carefully guarded independence, his encyclopedic culture, and his unique wit and eloquence. Fashion and culture has lost a great inspiration.”
Victoria Beckham said:
“So incredibly sad to hear this. Karl was a genius and always so kind and generous to me both personally and professionally. RIP.”
Singer Lily Allen wrote:
“You made me feel like a princess. I never quite understood what you saw in me but I am forever grateful for the support that you and Chanel have given me over the last 15 years. Rest In Peace Karl, you were a true genius and will be missed, so much.”