Iconic fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld, known for the rebirth of Chanel and Fendi, passed away in Paris on Tuesday. According to French magazine Closer, the German-born designer was not keeping well and breathed his last yesterday in a Paris hospital. The cause of his death was not immediately known.
The king of fashion world, Karl, was equally popular for his personal style and was always photographed in his trademark white collared shirt, wide black tie, black sport coat, black glasses, fingerless black leather gloves and silver ponytail, leaves a lasting legacy behind.
He is survived by his beloved cat, Choupette, who has its Instagram handle. Karl Lagerfeld's fashion career in high fashion in the 1950s as Pierre Balmain's assistant. In 1983, Lagerfeld began his most prominent role by taking over as Chanel's creative director. The brand, 10 years after Coco Chanel's death, was in a crisis when Lagerfeld came onboard.
It was a role that not only brought Lagerfeld international fame but also helped Chanel regain its top position as a uber luxury label.
The fashion legend is also known for his popular quotes on life. Here are few of his quotes:
"I am very much down to Earth. Just not this earth."
"Vanity is the healthiest thing in life."
"I have a sort of Alzheimer's for my own work, which I think is a very good thing. Today too many people remember what they did - just forget it all and start again."
"I am like a caricature of myself, and I like that. It is like a mask. And for me the Carnival of Venice lasts all year long."
"I have nothing to say. I'm actually trying to make sure that I won't be remembered."
"Don't sacrifice yourself too much, because if you sacrifice too much there's nothing else you can give and nobody will care for you."
"When I was four I asked my mother for a valet for my birthday."
"We created a product nobody needs, but people want. If you need an ugly old car, it can wait, but if you want a new fashion item, it cannot wait."
"Why should I stop working? If I do, I'll die and it'll be all finished."
"Whatever it is, good or bad, it influences fashion. You can see that in fashion quicker than in any other thing going on. Fashion is something that reflects our lives and times with the shortest release because, cars, design and architecture take years to realise."