Karl Lagerfeld, Chanel Creative Director & Fashion Icon, Dead At 85

Lucille Barilla

One of the most iconic men in the fashion world, Karl Lagerfeld, the creative director of Chanel and Fendi, has died at the age of 85.

The BBC reported that the German designer, who was known for his signature look of a white ponytail and dark glasses, was an icon in the fashion world, creating some of the most dynamic and striking looks of the fashion houses' lines. The BBC quoted him commenting about his now-iconic look.

"I am like a caricature of myself, and I like that."

"The state of his health had been a cause of concern for a number of weeks," said a source to The Mirror. "He had not been seen at fashion shows that he was expected to attend. Karl was admitted to hospital on Monday, and died on Tuesday morning."

Karl Lagerfeld, the man behind the face of the most iconic couture fashion company in the world, noted on his official site his many talents.

"Lagerfeld oversees the creative direction of the Chanel and Fendi fashion houses. His visionary talent further expands beyond fashion to include illustration, photography, styling, and publishing."

Throughout his career, Lagerfeld worked with some of the most iconic fashion houses in the world, such as Jean Patou, Fendi, and Chloe. He also was the first designer to introduce his own perfume named Chloe. He also used his love of photography to shoot his own fashion photos and designed two suites in the Hotel de Crillon in Paris just to name a few of the accomplishments listed on his official website.