Fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld died Tuesday morning in Paris at the age of 85, according to the New York Times. While the cause of death has not been revealed, it was known that his health had been failing.
Lagerfeld served as the creative director of both Chanel and Fendi. Aside from designing clothing for celebrities, including pop stars such as Rihanna and Lady Gaga, Lagerfeld also aimed to incorporate music into his work. Lagerfeld believed that “music gives color to the air of the moment.” Throughout his career, he invited artists like Sir Elton John, Pharrell Williams, and Chromatics to perform at his runway shows. He has also appeared in a music video with Snoop Dogg, shot a Florence + the Machine single cover photo, and directed Pharrell in a promotional video for Chanel.
Lagerfeld was not without some controversy in his career though. In 2012, he was criticized for calling Adele “a little too fat” and responded with an apology. This was not the only instance that the fashion icon caused controversy with his criticism.
Despite the controversy, Lagerfeld was widely known for his commanding reputation and creative power in the fashion industry. He worked up until his death as the creative director of both fashion houses and was even reportedly issuing instructions regarding Fendi’s fall ready-to-wear collection, which will be showcased in Milan later this week, according to WWD.
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Article image: Karl Lagerfeld at Volkswagen People’s Night 2008. (Siebbi [CC BY 3.0] via Wikimedia Commons.)