Karl Lagerfeld Dies at 85; Designers, Stars Pay Tribute

February 19, 2019 Updated: February 19, 2019

Karl Lagerfeld, the fashion designer for Chanel and Fendi, died in Paris at the age of 85 after battling pancreatic cancer.

Lagerfeld, who is known for his dark sunglasses and ponytail, died Feb. 19 after he was rushed to the hospital, according to reports.

Italian designer Donatella Versace and others issued tributes following his death.

“Today the world lost a giant among men,” said Anna Wintour, editor-in-chief of Vogue magazine, as reported by the BBC.

“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,” her statement said.

Alain Wertheimer, the chief executive of Chanel, credited Lagerfeld for transforming the brand.

“Thanks to his creative genius, generosity and exceptional intuition, Karl Lagerfeld was ahead of his time, which widely contributed to the House of Chanel’s success throughout the world,” he said.

Pier Paolo Righi called him a “creative genius.”

“He leaves behind an extraordinary legacy as one of the greatest designers of our time,” a statement from the House of Karl Lagerfeld said.

Model Winnie Harlow also recalled Lagerfeld, saying that “years later during fashion week in Paris you and your family walked into the restaurant my team and I were in and sat at the table next to us,” E! News reported. “You’re greatly missed. Sending my love to the Lagerfeld family, you’re in my prayers,” she said.

“I don’t even recall him knowing my name, but man did I know his,” Jessica Simpson wrote.

“We have lost a true genius in the fashion world. His designs remain with us forever. RIP.”

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“So incredibly sad to hear this,” Victoria Beckham also wrote. “Karl was a genius and always so kind and generous to me both personally and professionally. RIP.”

“Karl…..I cannot tell you how much you meant to me and how much I will miss you,” actress Diane Kruger wrote on Instagram. “I will never forget your kindness towards me, your laughs, your imagination. I came to France to see you this week and introduce you to my daughter…I’m heartbroken I was too late. Rest In Peace, I adore you.”

“I’m so heartbroken I almost don’t have words..There will never be another Karl Lagerfeld. Every second with you was an honor, joy, and inspiration. I wish I could give you one last hug. I love you Karl. Thank you for everything,” model Gigi Hadid wrote on Instagram. “Rest In Peace.”

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“Nothing feels right today..at a loss for words and so heartbroken by the loss of Karl. His humor, wit, love and passion for fashion will live on forever,” model Bella Hadid said on Instagram. “Thank you for the inspiration that you gave to this world and for all of the hearts that you touched in the process. Every time I saw you it felt like the first time & I will miss your hugs so much. I feel so lucky to have been in your presence. Sending my love to the Lagerfeld family and to all closest to him. I am so sorry. We all love you so much. Rest In Peace KL.”