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Legendary Fashion Designer Karl Lagerfeld Dies In Paris At 85 Years Old

Fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld dies aged 85

The renowned designer was 85 years old. "An extraordinary individual, Karl Lagerfeld, reinvented the brand's codes created by Gabrielle Chanel".

A cause of death has not yet been released.

The designer launched his own eponymous Karl Lagerfeld label in 1984.

An accomplished photographer who counted Helmut Newton and Andy Warhol as friends, Lagerfeld was the No. 1 designer at Chanel, whose headquarters are two 18th-century buildings on Paris's Rue Cambon.

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German fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld poses in front of some of his pictures as he visits his exibition "Karl Lagerfeld, parcours de travail", on September 14, 2010 at the Maison de la photographie in Paris.

While fashion careers tend to burn out quickly, Lagerfeld maintained his place in the spotlight for decades thanks to his creative mind, his signature look, and his bold statements, including some downright controversial ones.

With his powdered white pony tail, black sunglasses, and starched high-collared white shirts, he was as instantly recognisable as his celebrity clients.

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"There are not too many people with an opinion I care for".

He first found real success in the mid-1960s with Chloe, the fashion label now owned by Switzerland's Richemont and to which he was connected off and on until 1997.

Karl Lagerfeld surrounded by Canadian model Linda Evangelista, left, and British model Naomi Campbell, right, and other models after the presentation of his 1996-97 fall-winter haute couture fashion collection for Chanel in Paris, on July 9, 1996.

Lagerfeld apprenticed at Balmain and in 1959 was hired at another Paris-based house, Patou, where he spent four years as artistic director. We owe him a great deal: "his taste and talent were the most exceptional I have ever known". Indeed, his indefatigable energy was notable: he lost around 90 pounds in his late 60s to fit into the latest slimline fashions.

"When I was a child, my mother always told me that you could wake up in the middle of the night and be deathly sick, so you always have to be impeccable".

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The designer has been an icon of fashion since designing his first collection for Chanel in 1983.

Lagerfeld also designed collections for his own brand.

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