Fashion Titan Karl Lagerfeld Dies at 85
The world-renowned German designer, publisher and photographer died yesterday in Paris of pancreatic cancer. Lagerfeld, who was celebrated for his work with Fendi and Chanel, also launched an eponymous label in 1984 and brought haute couture fashions to the mass market through collaborations with Diesel and H&M. Lagerfeld was “ahead of his time,” according to Chanel CEO Alain Wertheimer, “thanks to his creative genius, generosity and exceptional intuition.”
What was Lagerfeld’s design strategy? Despite his enormous success, he reportedly rarely looked back on previous work — preferring instead “to look resolutely towards the future,” according to one obituary.