Tributes pour in as Karl Lagerfeld dies at 85. Donatella Versace and Victoria Beckham are among those who have paid tribute to legendary fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld, who passed away aged 85.
Chanel, where Lagerfeld was creative director, confirmed his death to the Associated Press.
Versace led the tributes to the designer, writing on Instagram: “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.”
Spice Girl-turned-designer Victoria Beckham also paid tribute, writing: “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.”
Chanel muses Diane Kruger, Kiera Knightley and Lily Rose Depp also paid tribute.
In a heartbreaking post, Diane wrote: “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.”
Kiera told Yahoo! Movies: “Karl was a legend both as a man and a creative. He will be sorely missed, it’s a great loss.’
While Lily Rose Depp penned: “Cher Karl, que dire pour exprimer à quel point vous allez nous manquer. The world will never know another force like you…
‘My heart is so heavy today, but so full of gratitude for all that you have taught and done for me. Your kindness, humour, and loyalty will live on in the hearts of those who knew you and your genius will live on forever…
‘I feel so lucky to have been able to work with you so closely, but even luckier to have known your heart and incredible spirit. I will hold every moment spent with you so dear. Words can’t express how much your belief in me has impacted every aspect of my life; it is a gift I could never thank you enough for…
‘You made my dreams come true. Thinking of my chanel family today and all those who knew and loved Karl, on vous aime. Merci, merci, merci. Vous êtes éternel.’
Alexa Chung shared her tribute as she wrote: “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.’
An official statement on Karl’s Instagram account read: “The House of KARL LAGERFELD shares, with deep emotion and sadness, the passing of its creative director, Karl Lagerfeld, on February 19, 2019, in Paris, France. He was one of the most influential and celebrated designers of the 21st century and an iconic, universal symbol of style. Driven by a phenomenal sense of creativity, Karl was passionate, powerful and intensely curious. He leaves behind an extraordinary legacy as one of the greatest designers of our time, and there are no words to express how much he will be missed.’
Tributes pour in as Karl Lagerfeld dies at 85