"I've always known that I was made to live this way, that I would be this sort of legend."
Karl Lagerfeld is 'PARIS PHOTO' guest of honour, 2017
It takes a lot to halt the fashion world, particularly during the razzmatazz of fashion month. The industry stands still today however at the news that Karl Lagerfeld has passed away in Paris, aged 85.
Instantly recognisable by his slick, silver ponytail, dark sunglasses and fingerless gloves, Lagerfeld was the creative force behind Chanel for more than 35 years and Fendi for more than half a century, as well his own eponymous label. A rare remnant of fashion aristocracy, he was prolific in his achievements, vocal with his opinions and an unequivocal fashion genius.
In honour of his legacy, we look back in pictures on a rich life of relentless talent, extraordinary accomplishments and, of course, Choupette.
A young Karl Lagerfeld (via @kin_woo)
Karl Lagerfeld with Gitta Schilling at Jean Patou (where Karl was head designer until 1962) in Paris, photo by Regina Relang, 1959 (via pinterest.com)
Karl Lagerfeld at Chloé, 1864 (via anothermag.com)
Karl Lagerfeld, Saint Tropez, 1970 (via dazeddigital.com)
Karl Lagerfeld by Francesco Scavullo, 1977 (via pinterest.com)
Karl Lagerfeld speaks with Princess Sarvenaz Pahlavi, 1989 (Shutterstock)
Karl Lagerfeld eating a McDonalds during the nineties (via Instagram, @henryholland)
Karl Lagerfeld with Linda Evangelista, Claudia Schiffer and Carla Bruni at the Chanel runway show in Paris, France, 1996 (via pinterest.com)
Karl Lagerfeld and Choupette (via Instagram, @choupettesdiary)
Karl Lagerfeld and Alexa Chung (via Instagram, @alexachung)
Karl Lagerfeld at the 2007/2008 Chanel Cruise Show (Shutterstock)
Karl Lagerfeld with Daphne Guinness, 2012 (via Selfridges)
Karl Lagerfeld's collection for Louis Vuitton, 2014 (via Instagram, @yasminsewell)
Karl Lagerfeld at the runway of the Chanel show October 2018 (Shutterstock)