Karl Lagerfeld, German designer and creative director of Chanel and Fendi, passed away this morning in Paris, following a short illness, at 85. Despite his controversial presence in the industry, there’s no denying that he was an icon in both fashion design and business. Lagerfeld was best known for his work with Chanel, starting his career with the brand nearly 40 years ago, just a decade after the passing of Coco Chanel. Lagerfeld worked tirelessly, pushing designs for Chanel, Fendi, and his own label, right up until his death. As I sit here in sweatpants, an iconic quote by Karl Lagerfeld comes to mind: “sweatpants are a sign of defeat.” Maybe I should re-evaluate my fashion choices.
Rest in Peace Karl Lagerfeld.