Chanel’s iconic couturier Karl Lagerfeld dies at 85

Superstar designer Karl Lagerfeld has died at the age of 85, his fashion label Chanel confirmed on Tuesday.

The announcement came just weeks after rumors of Lagerfeld’s ill-health had swirled, following his absence at Chanel’s shows during Paris Haute Couture week, which he has led since 1983.

A source in Chanel said Virginie Viard, deputy artistic director of Chanel, would succeed Lagerfeld as chief designer of the fashion house.

Lagerfeld, instantly recognizable in his dark suits, pony-tailed white hair and sun glasses, was best known for his association with Chanel but delivered collections for LVMH’s Fendi and his own eponymous label.

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