Karl Lagerfeld

The fashion world is mourning the death of iconic Chanel couturier Karl Lagerfeld who passed away in Paris after a brief illness early Tuesday. He was 85. Lagerfeld was in poor health for several weeks before his death was announced Tuesday morning.

Lagerfeld (pictured with Lily Rose Depp) was born Karl Otto Lagerfeldt in Hamburg, Germany.

As a young man he made ends meet as an artist, photographer and caricaturist in Paris, France.

Lagerfeld made his initial foray into high fashion when he was hired as Pierre Balmain's assistant after winning a fashion designing contest in 1955.

Using the nom de guerre Roland Karl, his daring first collection was poorly received by the staid fashion press in 1958. The UPI noted that his "short black cocktail dresses were cut so wide open at the front that even some of the women reporters gasped."

His skirts in his collection in 1960 were the shortest of the season, and that collection was also not well received by the finicky Paris press.

Along the journey to icon status Lagerfeld designed dresses for the superstar actresses of the era: Elizabeth Taylor, Gina Lollobrigida and Doris Duke. In 1964 he began to freelance for French fashion house Chloé.

His Chloé collection for spring 1973 earned him international fame for its "high fashion and high camp."

He took over the iconic fashion house Chanel in 1983, incorporating the interlocking C's for Coco Chanel. Over the years, he also took over Fendi and launched his own eponymous fashion house.

As Lagerfeld's legend grew over the next three decades, he constantly lied about his age. He made headlines when he celebrated his "70th birthday" in grand style on Sept. 10, 2008. He actually turned 75 that year.

Lagerfeld, who was openly homosexual, never married and had no children. In the 1970s, Lagerfeld became smitten with a 19-year-old socialite named Jacques de Bascher, who died of AIDS in 1989 at age 38.

Bascher, who was very promiscuous, had many affairs with men, including an affair with famed fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent.

"Of course I knew about the affair with Saint Laurent," Lagerfeld told In Style magazine. "I had been close friends with Yves for more than 20 years.”

Although Lagerfeld and Bascher lived together for many years, Lagerfeld claimed they never had sex.

"I infinitely loved that boy but I had no physical contact with him. Of course, I was seduced by his physical charm," he told WWD.

The fashion designer was often photographed out & about with hunky young male models, including his muse Baptiste Giabiconi (pictured left and below), but he denied having a sex life.

"I don't know. I like freedom," he told The Cut in 2012. "Relationships happen for everybody, it can never be a problem. But it's not really my main thing."

Rumors began to swirl that Lagerfeld was seriously ill when he failed to show up to two of Chanel's haute couture shows in Paris last month.

French magazine Paris Match reported that Lagerfeld was hospitalized on Monday night and he passed away early Tuesday morning.

In a 2012 interview with The Cut, Lagerfeld had this to say about dying: "I think it's like a sleep where you don't wake up. You don't remember before, you don't remember after. The only thing is I don't want to be seen dead, huh?"

For that reason, there will be no public showing or funeral for the iconic designer.

Lagerfeld leaves behind his only heir, his beloved red point Birman cat named Choupette.

Tributes continue to pour in from around the world as the news spread on Tuesday. Celebrities of every stripe remember the legendary designer on social media.

Donatella Versace, who sold her late brother Gianni's namesake fashion house to Michael Kors for $2.12 billion in 2018, said this about Lagerfeld 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."

 

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The longest fashion journey ended today. Karl Lagerfeld has died, taking with him more than half a century of visionary fashion. A self-taught master, he referred to himself as a “complete improvisation.” He was a liberated and creative spirit who followed only his instincts, which never failed him. Rare are those who succeed in infusing such imagination and panache into their work. The icon will be remembered for his formidable humor, his talent for mastering languages other than fashion and for being a straight talker. “I do not want to be a reality in the lives of others,” he once said, “I want to be like an apparition, that appears and then disappears.” Picture by Hedi Slimane.

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  • TheWildChild

    RIP ? Now I wonder will his imposters find work ?. It was always rumoured he had body doubles to show up at events for him.

  • SeehereSeehere

    You stated Michael Cohen’s lawyer was representing Jussie. That turned out to be fake news. Now it’s reported there will be a grand jury today. We will know by the end of the day if it’s fake news.

  • Topic Influencer

    Funniest K.Langerfeld story I EVER read was back in the early 1990s he ranned Anna Wintour out of Milan Fashion Week....by unleashing strippers and porn stars on the runway vs REAL mollas. She was so mortified she chucked deuces and BOUNCED. The visual alone of what must have been a truly horrified look on her sour ass face STILL sends me into hysterics.

    RIP Karl.

  • Topic Influencer

    Funniest K.Langerfeld story I EVER read was back in the early 1990s he ranned Anna Wintour out of Milan Fashion Week....by unleashing strippers and porn stars on the runway vs REAL mollas. She was so mortified she chucked deuces and BOUNCED. The visual alone of what must have been a truly horrified look on her sour ass face STILL sends me into hysterics.

    RIP Karl.

  • TheWildChild

    ? so JussNochio kicking it with Full Force was fake news too? like your comment.... GTFOH ?

  • TheWildChild

    ? so JussNochio kicking it with Full Force was fake news too? like your comment.... GTFOH ?

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    I remember when Lagerfeld azzed up and called Adele fat and twitter dragged him by his ponytail.

    Good times, good times.

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    I remember when Lagerfeld azzed up and called Adele fat and twitter dragged him by his ponytail.

    Good times, good times.

  • NeverSurprised
  • NeverSurprised
  • Marlika

    Does his only heir the cat need a home? ? I would had the see the cat lonely with no one to love it. ?

  • Topic Influencer

    WELL GUESS WHAT? Even Breitbart ran the story that he indeed hired Cohen's attorney. So who is in charge of this fake news? HUH?

  • Topic Influencer

    Karl had ZERO fux allocated.

  • IyanlaVanzantoftheInterWebs

    Karl had a razor tongue lol!

  • Marlika

    Does his only heir his cat need a home?? I would hate for it to be alone with no one to love it. ?

  • IyanlaVanzantoftheInterWebs

    RIP Karl??
    You will be missed by some and others will just say Good Riddance???

  • Topic Influencer
  • iWasteTime

    RIP
    We need a list of his most shadiest moments!

  • Ni Ni

    Well dayum lol

  • Carrington

    So, basically Donatella should walk around in black and white like that broad from In Living Color... because she actually looks pretty.

  • Carrington

    The people at Saks (Off 5th, cause I'm cheap) must've known that Karl was on his way to the upper room cause they sent me an email about some Karl gym shoes on Friday - and I ordered them.

  • Kanyade

    RIP.

  • Ebony Starr

    RIP!

  • NeverSurprised

    Give it a rest. He DID hire Michael Monico, but fired him two days ago over a "disagreement".

    https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-02-17/jussie-smollett-maintains-innocence-pits-himself-against-nigerian-brothers

    He has now hired Anne Kavanaugh's crisis management team plus TWO new lawyers -- Victor Henderson and Todd Pugh. Pugh is the lawyer who got an acquittal for one of the white cops in the Laquan McDonald slaughter. But Jussie has no problem filling Pugh's pockets.

    Question: Do you find it difficult to breathe with your head so far up Jussie's ass?

  • Coy little wink
  • LYRICS

    The effing cat is rich!!

  • IyanlaVanzantoftheInterWebs

    Karl’s Perspective...

    On making Meryl Streep's Oscars 2017 dress
    “I made a sketch, and we started to make [her] dress. [Her camp then told us] 'Don’t continue the dress. We found somebody who will pay us.' After we gift her a dress that’s 100,000 euros, we found later we had to pay [for her to wear it]. We give them dresses, we make the dresses, but we don’t pay.

    “A genius actress, but cheapness also, no?”

    Meryl's reply said: "I do not take this lightly, and Mr Lagerfeld's generic 'statement' of regret for this 'controversy' was not an apology." Eek.

    On Pippa Middleton
    "Kate Middleton has a nice silhouette and she is the right girl for that boy. I like that kind of woman, I like romantic beauties. On the other hand, her sister struggles. I don't like the sister's face. She should only show her back."

    On Heidi Klum
    "I don't know Heidi Klum. She was never known in France. Claudia Schiffer also doesn't know who she is.

  • Topic Influencer

    BAYBEEE the list gonna be long as all get out. He was a jokester and extra shady. Since 1955. *weeps*

  • Coy little wink

    Chile....? ? ?

  • LYRICS

    So Mr. Lagerford is a dick? I'll leave that there b/c......

  • Topic Influencer

    "I don't know Heidi Klum. She was never known in France. Claudia Schiffer also doesn't know who she is."

    ^^^^^^^^^

    And never MIND she is his fellow German. Im never getting over this. His ass the original IDK HUH https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/cec2fe7c987d8485b7550d47f2fbcc1261c797356e7bab62b250ba0b64736a0a.gif

  • IyanlaVanzantoftheInterWebs

    Right! Mariah is a phony to me and ALWAYS has been???

  • the guest

    Rest In Peace Icon Lagerfeld.

    I believe him. I believe he found himself beautiful, loved beauty, and to be in the company of other beautiful people. Beauty inspired him. But he was content celibate and fashion was his passion. There really are people in the world who find contentment in life through passion other than sex. Karl Lagerfeld was brilliant and diverse on his runway before it was pc to be diverse in fashion.

  • NeverSurprised

    "On the other hand, her sister struggles. I don't like the sister's face. She should only show her back."

    ???

  • Sassie

    He liked his gloves, didn't he? Well at any rate, he lived a long life. RIP.

  • Topic Influencer

    NOOOOOOOOOOOOO not my Mimi. I get it tho. Lotta folks dont like Mimi lol

  • Mielle Downey

    OH MY CHANNEL!!!

  • IyanlaVanzantoftheInterWebs

    More of Karl’s Perspective...

    Princess Diana- Oh yes he did.

    "She was pretty and she was sweet, but she was stupid," Lagerfeld told New York Magazine in 2006 about the beloved late priuncess, mother of Kate's husband.

    Lagerfeld had met Diana before her 1997 death and had also attended her funeral.

    Seal- Also in 2009, The Sun quoted Lagerfeld as saying about Klum' then-husband, "I am no dermatologist but I wouldn't want his skin. Mine looks better than his. He is covered in craters."

    The Kiss From a Rose singer suffers from discoid lupus erythematosus (DLE), a chronic skin condition.

  • Let them eat cake

    lol last thing mariah is is phony. seriously.

  • Seldomseen

    Took me out

  • Tinytoon

    He also stated that Kim K. was the blame for her Paris robbery. He definitely didn't give zero fukkkks about her.

  • MsPam

    RIP but we don’t care about him.

  • Topic Influencer

    He was HARSH on them royals on REPEAT. On REPEAT. He hated them and nobody knows why to this DAY. *wall slides*

  • Kayke

    Lol, safe to say a few people will not be wishing him a peaceful rest

  • RICHIE_RICH

    Rip KL aka shade queen ?. Icon

  • RICHIE_RICH

    I got some of his jogging pant on Saturday ????? Nice lil line . It shows my shape lol ?

  • RICHIE_RICH

    Right my mother was born that year ?

  • Robert lee Bennett OG

    He is part of the old order of gays

  • Topic Influencer

    Karl been out here with the shady BS for almost 6.5 FULL decades.

  • Allergic2dumbstuff

    Is this who Kanye's trying to be?

  • Mr.LeBrickJames
  • Naomi

    Is it weird to say I like the old order of gays wayyyy better than the new school gays?

  • WinterIsComing

    That’s so true! There are asexuals in this world that find fulfillment in other things.

  • Skin Deep Beauty

    Bet he bought some of those black market organs to replace his.

  • NeverSurprised

    Not weird at all. I feel the same way.

  • Skin Deep Beauty

    Yeah he did.. hiding those ostrich paws!

  • SweetTEE

    Nope. They carried themselves with a certain respect since they grew up in a way different time. They would never voluntarily share their orientation and no one ever had to ask them.

  • Harley
  • Eileen

    I respect that old order of dignity and respect they were not prancing and sashaying in your face and certainly not trying to impress it upon a child.

  • MNjumpoffacliff

    An icon. Rest in peace sir.

  • SweetTEE

    He made some really nice clothes. One year I know I bought about 10 dresses on sale at dillards.

  • Eileen

    Thats what I am talking about they were discreet but everyone knew and good manners taught you not to ask. They were not shoving it in your face and down your throat (no pun intended) They were classic elegant men but you could still see the man

  • Eileen

    he was right about Pippa her face is interesting. heidi is flash with no substance or class with babies from different men but at least she was married whatever

  • MJF

    Today is a sad day for those in the fashion industry. Rest in heaven! xoxo

  • Renee26

    Left everything to the cat huh? ?

  • Trey

    YEP.....An fashion icon

  • Renee26

    Just...Log off ?

  • Yardgirl

    In a 2012 interview with The Cut, Lagerfeld had this to say about dying: "I think it's like a sleep where you don't wake up. . "
    *******************************
    THIS ^^^ is what I believe too. R.I.P. Karl theee Queen of Shade!!

  • Renee26
  • Eileen

    uh excuse me all of that money and he cant get to a leading dermatologist instead of singing on a mountain top for hidi he should have been yoodling for the worlds best dermatologist. Yes Diana was Stupid oh yes she was Karl was on point in his assessment of people wisdom gives you that.

  • Renee26
  • Eileen

    why doesnt he just let it go he will be history for his lies

  • Trace da Ace

    damn....RIP

  • Sushi

    You are a fool for that one, but I'm right there with you....

  • NeverSurprised

    Yep.

  • Sushi

    RIP....

  • CookieMobster

    Chile my friend Jessica has skrickt inskructions to act a dang fool at my frunral. I mean fall out at the casket, holler when they roll me down the aisle to put me in the hersch and every thang!

  • NeverSurprised

    They did NOT put Lying Jussie in the white Bronco!!!

    Too funny!?

  • Robert lee Bennett OG

    The other day i was getting some pizza and it was 2 small boys in line with their mom and two guys where hugging and kissing all on each other I left out and that mom came right behind me

  • Coy little wink

    ? but what if Jessica croaks first?

  • CookieMobster

    Well, I thought about that but Jess is slim and trim a lesbian and a vegan. She will be here LOOONG after my fat ass. Lol!!!

  • Coy little wink

    She ain't vegan if she eats pucci ?

  • CookieMobster
  • leapyearpisces

    Most of the older gays (55+) were / are classy and sheik. They carried themselves with dignity.

  • shauna

    So to play devils advocate, is it not elegant or discreet to hold your partners or spouses hand in public or to kiss them? And does this not apply to everyone?

  • shauna

    What's your Channel?

  • yvette46

    Just another racist designer gone!!

  • hottlanta

    Loved him in the documentary "thé secet world of couture." Now we got people thinking fashion nova is a design house .

  • hottlanta

    Money n being wealthy was his orgasm.

  • Yardgirl

    Now we got people thinking fashion nova is a design house
    *****************************************
    Right!!! Le sigh

  • Rhyme and Reason

    Loved him back in the day, he gave Chanel LIFE!

    May he R.I.P., and hopefully chatting it up with Coco Chanel, Versace, many of his departed friends!

  • Guess Who

    Karl was a pistol!
    He had NO FUKS TO GIVE when it came to giving his opinion, regardless if it was asked for or not.

  • ThisIsWhat43LooksLike

    He sure was and he looked liked he died 20 years ago ?

  • LYRICS

    Yes, "was" he dead now!? May his soul rest....AMEN!

  • Ghost

    Karl was one cool dude...he will be missed...RIP

  • Lady_Elle

    I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE Mariah.
    She is not phony... She is shady though. rofl

  • hottlanta

    Neigh neigh n beyonce with her house of disaster think they r a désigner. That is what works my last nerve.

  • NewNew
  • T Willis

    MK’s Dlisted used to have me crying laughing ? on Karl’s comments - specifically Heidi Klum omg ?

  • T Willis

    No, it’s not “elegant”. I hate to see that $hit and I don’t care what genders they are. A quick (dry) smooch, or innocent (non-sexual) stances/gestures. There is a place and time for that type of behavior.

  • T Willis

    Singing on a mountaintop...
    ???

  • Chicagowise

    Damn! I was just about to ask him where I can find his saw-toothed hiking boot! Love them! Can find them in any store!

    I used to wear his cologne in the 80s. The good old days.

  • LaGrl562

    I wish it was more of them still around..........................they force feeding us this shit hook line and sinker EVERYBODY don't want to see that shit. and before you say we don;t want to see you either I KNOW which is the reason all of the PDA's should be PDA's- private displays of affection..................gross asses

  • Logan Roberts

    RIP Karl . *Alexa call Choupette*

  • Yardgirl

    Me too!!

  • shauna

    So basically you're saying no one should do that in public although heterosexuals do it every day?

  • Coy little wink

    He called her fat but said her face was pretty and her voice divine...no lies told

  • Guess Who

    Lol! Why didn't he like Heidi? Did he see her as competition for Claudia?

  • PynkCloudz

    Damn!

  • PynkCloudz

    He was your typical old folk just keeping it real.

  • LYRICS

    Yea, but notice I didn't quote him, I simply said he wasn't a fan. IMO, he could've just said he liked her music (if he was real a fan), but he chose to state the fact that she's a lil' robust, which we all know....

  • Dick Steel

    Slow day at the Waffle House?

  • Dick Steel

    How much does yo weigh?

  • Brown & Proud

    HAH!!! fa real!

  • Eileen

    No it does not apply to everyone. you do this for acceptance so we can accept your lifestyle but even a 3 year old will say yuck if they say two men/women kissing and holding hands. Public dispays of affection should be behind closed doors period and I do not believe that a parent should explain to a 3 year old that love is love when they naturally say yuck! God Bless you.

  • shauna

    It's not my lifestyle, but then sexuality isn't a lifestyle. I have no idea whether that person flies coach, business, first class or private. The only person who has to accept another's sexuality is the person they're laying with or hoping to lay with. I can't imagine you or I concerning ourselves with others approving of who we boo up with let alone our sexuality and that's pretty much how it should be.

    And just because you might have the reaction of a 3 year old, I don't know that you can put that reaction to every 3 year old on the planet. Kids have a visceral reaction to broccoli and cauliflower. I don't think most kids would have that reaction to two same sex people holding hands or kissing anymore than they would opposite sex couples doing the same unless of course, they're mimicking their parents disgust.

    Parents explain a lot of things to their kids that they naturally may like or dislike, that's been going on since the beginning of time and I don't see it changing anytime in the immediate future. Not to mention if public displays of affection are behind closed doors, they're hardly public.

  • Luvn_it

    Racist?? Did you even know who this man was? He gave many models of color chances and opportunities that no one else in the fashion industry did Kimora and Naomi just to name 2 off the top of my head plus many more.