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Chanel’s creative director Karl Lagerfeld has passed away.

On February 19th, Chanel announced that the brand’s creative director Karl Lagerfeld had passed away in Paris, France. The sign of death has not been revealed. However, Lagerfeld’s health reportedly had gone worse for the last few weeks. He also did not attend Chanel’s Haute Couture show in Paris last January.

Karl Lagerfeld was originally born in Hamburg, Germany. He moved to Paris at the age of 14 and started working as a designer. First, he started off as Pierre Balmain’s assistant, and worked as a designer at brands including ChloĆ© and Valentino. In 1983, Lagerfeld was appointed as the creative director of Chanel, and his Haute Couture debut show was praised and called the “rebirth of Chanel”.

Meanwhile, many fashion models that have walked his Chanel shows are paying tribute to him on social media. Among them, Korean models Soo Joo and Jung Hoyeon also mourned Lagerfeld.


by Audrey Joung