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Fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld dead, aged 85

Fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld has died, aged 85.

The German designer, who called Paris home, had been unwell for several weeks, missing several fashion shows.

He was born Karl Otto Lagerfeldt in 1933 in pre-war Germany, changing his surname to Lagerfeld because he believed it “sounded more commercial”.

Lagerfeld emigrated to Paris as a young teen, and became a design assistant for Pierre Balmain, before working at Fendi and Chloe in the 1960s.

In 1983, he began his long and solid career with Chanel, just one decade after Coco Chanel passed away.

The following year, he launched his own label.

The designer customised his own ‘look’, always seen in public dressed in head-to-toe black, with platinum white hair tied in a ponytail, a black bow keeping it in place, and always donning dark sunglasses.

Karl Lagerfeld became somewhat of an enfant terrible in fashion circles, often saying the wrong thing at the wrong time, such as making untoward remarks about women of bigger body size (“No one wants to see curvy women on the runway,” he famously said).

The designer customised his own ‘look’, always seen in public dressed in head-to-toe black, with platinum white hair tied in a ponytail, a black bow keeping it in place, and always donning dark sunglasses.

More news as it comes to hand.

Antonino Tati

 

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