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The world loses a fashion icon

Karl poses for Observe Magazine in 2007.

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Karl poses for Observe Magazine in 2007.

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Karl Lagerfeld, legendary fashion icon of the 20th century died on Feb. 19, at the age of 85, from cancer. The German designer left behind a $300 million legacy. He is best known for being a creative designer for Chanel, a prolific designer for Fendi, and creator of his own label Eponymous.

 

“Today the world lost a giant among men,” Anna Wintour, Editor-in-Chief of Vogue, said in a statement. “Karl was brilliant, he was wicked, he was funny, he was generous beyond measure, and he was deeply kind. I will miss him so very much.”

 

At Lagerfeld’s age, most people would be retired and relaxing. However, for him, the fashion industry was a passion, and he worked in fashion until the day he died.

 

“[He was] a creative genius who helped to make Paris the fashion capital of the world,” said Bernard Arnault, the French billionaire. “Fashion and culture has lost a great inspiration.”

 

The designer was cremated on Feb. 22 in Nanterre, France. His fellow fashion designers and friends attended the funeral to say their final goodbyes. Lagerfeld made a very specific plan for his funeral before his passing.

 

“I’ve asked to be cremated and for my ashes to dispersed with those of my mother… and those of Choupette [his cat], if she dies before me,” Lagerfeld told Numero reporters, just a year before his death.

 

As for Choupette, Lagerfeld’s beloved cat, he is still alive and has inherited $300 million of Lagerfeld’s fortune. Lagerfeld provided Choupette with a lavish lifestyle of private jets, fancy food and designer clothes.

 

“She has her own little fortune; she is an heiress. If something happens to me, the person who will take care of it will not be in misery…She’s a rich girl,” Lagerfeld said.

 

 

 

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