Karl Lagerfeld Dead: Iconic Fashion Designer Sadly Dies At 85 — Report

Karl Lagerfeld is dead at the age of 85, multiple French media outlets are reporting on Feb. 19. The designer, who is best known for his work as the Creative Director for Chanel, had been working hard up until the time of his death. At the moment, there are no details regarding this tragic news, and Karl’s team has not confirmed the reports. However, sources close to Chanel confirmed to The Guardian that the sad news is true. A cause of death has yet to be revealed.

Less than one month before his death, Karl missed the Chanel spring 2019 haute couture show in Paris, which was an extremely rare occurrence for him. Afterward, his team confirmed that he had been unable to attend because he was “feeling tired.” The brand’s director of the creative studio of the house, Virginie Viard, represented Karl at the event instead. However, just last December, Karl traveled to New York to attend another Chanel show. The Paris show in January was the first time he missed out on representing himself, and there was no indication that Karl was ill before the time of his death.

Karl got his start in the fashion industry as Pierre Balmain’s assistant. After three years, he moved onto work for Jean Patou, where he began designing haute couture collections for the brand. At this time, his collections were not well-received, and Karl took a two-year break from the industry. He returned in 1963 as a designer for Tiziani, where he worked for the next six years. He also freelanced for Chloe during this time, and began designing full collections for the brand in 1970, while also doing work for Fendi.

Eventually, Karl gained international fame, and became the Creative Director of Chanel in 1983, where he worked until the time of his death. Karl has worked closely with celebrities like Kristen Stewart, Miley Cyrus, Kendall Jenner Cara Delevingne and more. He also had a fashion label under his own name, Karl Lagerfeld, and worked as a photographer.

“I hate leisure,” Karl once told our sister site Women’s Wear Daily. “Except reading. I’m really a person made to work, if sketching is considered work. I’m pretty lucky to be doing what I’m doing in beyond-perfect conditions.”