Karl Lagerfeld (85) dies

Karl Lagerfeld

The creative director of Chanel died on Tuesday at the age of 85, the fashion house said.

In 2016 Chanel staged its show in the Cuban capital Havana - the first worldwide fashion show since the 1959 communist revolution, shown in the two images below. In the book, Lagerfeld, said that it was his desire to fit into the slim-cut suits by then-Dior Homme designer Hedi Slimane that had motivated his dramatic transformation. "We were always learning from you", she added.

He died this morning, on Tuesday 19th, according to the reports coming from the French media, after he was admitted in the hospital last night.

Karl Lagerfeld acknowledges applause at the spring '98 Chanel show. You shot my first fashion shoot and I was so nervous to work with such an icon!

But he later lost all the weight and more - 92 pounds (42 kilos), he said - so he could "squeeze into Hedi Slimane's suits", and wrote a bestselling diet book.

Lagerfeld was artistic director at Chanel. Bruno Pavlovsky, President of Fashion at CHANEL, said: "Fashion show after fashion show, collection after collection, Karl Lagerfeld left his mark on the legend of Gabrielle Chanel and the history of the House of CHANEL".

Though he spent virtually his entire career at luxury labels catering to the very wealthy - including all of 20 years at Chloe - Lagerfeld's designs quickly trickled down to low-end retailers, giving him an nearly unprecedented impact on the entire fashion industry.

"Karl Lagerfeld is an vast personality, someone out of the ordinary", French Interior Minister Christophe Castaner told RTL radio. "Karl was a genius and always so kind and generous to me both personally and professionally", she wrote.

"Fashion and culture have lost a major inspiration".

"My problem as a child was that I was bored to death because I wanted to be a grown-up person", he said in a 2011 interview with the U.K.'s Independent newspaper.

"I'm rather pro-prostitution. I admire people who do it".

A statement was released after Lagerfeld missed the first two shows. He also founded his own fashion line. Nowhere near as recognisable as the world-famous man standing beside her, nor even a frequently used name in fashion circles, the woman - dressed in an outfit of understated jeans and a denim jacket, with a Brigitte Bardot fringe - applauded adoringly as Lagerfeld took what would be his final applause from a rapturous audience.

Gigi chimed in: "Karl, I will miss your indescribable presence, watching your calm, quiet, genius mind working, your little jokes, wonderful stories, and experiencing the clothes, sets, and productions only you could dream up".

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