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Lagerfeld - The haute couturier who revolutionised Chanel with modern ready-to-wear is no more

Feb 19, 2019

PARIS: His trademark was his ponytail and the dark sunglasses, white-collared shirt and black tie. Karl Lagerfeld had the top brass among celebrities as his clients.They included Diana, Nicole Kidman and Madonna. The fashion guru had once called Nicole Kidman "absolutely divine." The Paris-based German fashion designer who set the benchmark for Chanel's new wear as director passed away on Tuesday, aged 85 or more.

Nicknamed 'Kaiser Karl,' the haute couturier revolutionised Chanel, which he joined in 1983, with his modern ready-to- wear lines. The legend never felt restrained when it came to open criticism of people at the top, like the one on Michelle Obama. His description of singer Adele as "a little too fat" had raised a furore.

Lagerfeld was also the womenswear director for Italian design house Fendi. He had an eponymous 'Karl Lagerfeld' brand too.

“A prolific creative mind with endless imagination, Karl Lagerfeld explored many artistic horizons, including photography and short films,” Chanel, 110-year old design house, said on his passing away.

"Today the world lost a creative genius. We will miss you Karl!" tweeted Melania Trump, the First Lady of the United States.

"Today, the world has lost an icon and a genius,” Ms. Donatella Versace said.

For Lagerfeld, "Embrace the present and invent the future" defined "Karlism". Elegance was an "attitude" for the fashion genius.

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