Supreme, Pharrell, Virgil Abloh & More React to Karl Lagerfeld's Death

Rest in peace.

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A few hours ago, the news of Karl Lagerfeld’s death shook both the music and fashion world. The iconic designer, who passed at the age of 85, was a pillar of haute couture having been the Artistic Director of Fendi since 1965 and Chanel since 1983. On top of that, Uncle Karl led his own eponymous label simultaneously.

In January, Lagerfeld missed his first ever Chanel show, where he would always come out for a final bow, leaving many in the industry worried. He passed away Tuesday morning after being admitted to a hospital in Paris the night before.

Below are more industry heavyweights, including Louis Vuitton artistic director Virgil Abloh, Supreme, Kim Kardashian, Bella Hadid, Jacquemus, Takashi Murakami, among others, that have given their condolences to Lagerfeld. Both Chanel and Fendi have also given out official statements on his death.

 

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Karl Lagerfeld Rest in Peace. You inspired us all, thank you.

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Rest easy icon ?? #karllagerfeld the Great?????????????????? R.I.P

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The goat sleeps

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Thank you Karl for the most beautiful journey With all our love Your Fendi family

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It is with deep sadness that the House of CHANEL announces the passing of Karl Lagerfeld, the Creative Director for the CHANEL Fashion House since 1983. An extraordinary creative individual, Karl Lagerfeld reinvented the brand’s codes created by Gabrielle Chanel: the CHANEL jacket and suit, the little black dress, the precious tweeds, the two-tone shoes, the quilted handbags, the pearls and costume jewelry. Regarding Gabrielle Chanel, he said, “My job is not to do what she did, but what she would have done. The good thing about Chanel is it is an idea you can adapt to many things.” A prolific creative mind with endless imagination, Karl Lagerfeld explored many artistic horizons, including photography and short films. The House of CHANEL benefited from his talent for all the branding campaigns related to Fashion since 1987. Finally, one cannot refer to Karl Lagerfeld without mentioning his innate sense of repartee and self-mockery. Alain Wertheimer, CEO of CHANEL, said: “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. Today, not only have I lost a friend, but we have all lost an extraordinary creative mind to whom I gave carte blanche in the early 1980s to reinvent the brand.” Bruno Pavlovsky, President of Fashion at CHANEL, said: “Fashion show after fashion show, collection after collection, Karl Lagerfeld left his mark on the legend of Gabrielle Chanel and the history of the House of CHANEL. He steadfastly promoted the talent and expertise of CHANEL’s ateliers and Métiers d’Art, allowing this exceptional know-how to shine throughout the world. The greatest tribute we can pay today is to continue to follow the path he traced by – to quote Karl – ‘continuing to embrace the present and invent the future’.” Virginie Viard, Director of CHANEL’s Fashion Creation Studio and Karl Lagerfeld’s closest collaborator for more than 30 years, has been entrusted by Alain Wertheimer with the creative work for the collections, so that the legacy of Gabrielle Chanel and Karl Lagerfeld can live on.

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So incredibly sad to hear this. Karl was a genius and always so kind and generous to me both personally and professionally. RIP ?x vb

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Karl! I loved you deep inside my heart! RIP. ? @karllagerfeld

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Total respect Rest in Peace

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❤️

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this image alone was enough to make my generation dream…

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Dear Karl, thank you for all the sparkles …. thank you bringing beauty and lightness in our world, so much color in the darkness, so much wit in our dull days. I think you wouldn’t have liked too many tears, too many flowers or laurels, but you will be deeply missed. The whole world and I will miss you. RIP ? Cher Karl, merci pour toutes ces étincelles ✨…. merci d’avoir apporté tant de beauté et de légèreté dans ce monde si lourd, tant de couleurs dans cette grisaille, tant d’esprit dans cette époque éteinte. Je crois que vous n’auriez pas aimé trop de larmes, trop de fleurs ou de couronnes mais vous allez beaucoup manquer. À moi comme au monde entier.

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Cher Karl, que dire pour exprimer à quel point vous allez nous manquer. The world will never know another force like you. My heart is so heavy today, but so full of gratitude for all that you have taught and done for me. Your kindness, humour, and loyalty will live on in the hearts of those who knew you and your genius will live on forever. I feel so lucky to have been able to work with you so closely, but even luckier to have known your heart and incredible spirit. I will hold every moment spent with you so dear. Words can’t express how much your belief in me has impacted every aspect of my life; it is a gift I could never thank you enough for. You truly made my dreams come true. Thinking of my Chanel family today and all those who knew and loved Karl ❤️ Karl, on vous aime. Merci, merci, merci. Vous êtes éternel.

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