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Karl Lagerfeld, , dies(Tony Gutierrez The Associated Press) In this Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2013 file photo, Karl Lagerfeld, center wearing glasses, is greeted after the Chanel Metiers d fashion show, in Dallas. Chanel iconic couturier, Karl Lagerfeld dolabuy.su , whose accomplished designs as well as trademark white ponytail, high starched collars and dark enigmatic glasses dominated high fashion for the last 50 years, has died. He was around 85 years old.
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Karl Lagerfeld, a German born couturier whose reinvention of the luxury fashion house Chanel made him one of the most well known and influential fashion designers of high quality designer replica handbags the late 20th century, died Feb. 19.
Chanel confirmed his death, according to the Associated Press. Other details including his exact age, which was long the subject of mystery were not immediately available. The AP reported that he was approximately 85.
With his crystal white ponytail and dark sunglasses, Lagerfeld was an instantly recognizable fixture in the orbit of fashion and popular culture.
Often called Kaiser cheap replica handbags Karl among peers and the fashion news media, he was the creative force behind some of his industry’s most recognizable and profitable luxury brands. Most recently, he served simultaneously as head designer of Chanel, the Italian fashion house Fendi and his own eponymous brand.
Despite being almost twice the age of his fashion competitors in recent decades, he continued to produce collection after collection for his various labels sometimes more than 15 times annually. It was an exceedingly prodigious output, and he drew mostly favorable reviews.
A freelance designer for Parisian ateliers and fashion houses in the 1950s and 1960s, Lagerfeld was an early pioneer of the women’s ready to wear movement and built his replica louis vuitton bags reputation in the fashion industry with his mold breaking designs as creative director of Fendi and the French label Chloe.
In 1983, he was hired by Chanel as chief designer to modernize the fashion house a dozen years after the death of its founder, Coco Chanel. When he took over, the house was floundering and barely surviving off its perfume sales. “Everybody said, ‘Don’t touch it. It’s dead,'” he told New York magazine. “But when people said it was dead and hopeless, I said it was interesting.”
As head designer cheap louis vuitton bags from china , Lagerfeld reinvigorated the luxury brand and grew it into a multibillion dollar fashion enterprise while maintaining Chanel’s tradition of craftsmanship and quality.
He was able to reinterpret the label’s signature pieces in flamboyant and fresh cuts and colors. He refashioned the house’s iconic quilted handbags in leather and its trademark tweed jacket in terry cloth and denim and candy colored hues. He also broke Coco Chanel’s above the knee taboo, introducing shorter, more modern hemlines and Chanel’s first miniskirts. In doing so, he was cheap louis vuitton bags from china able to recapture the brand’s youthfulness.
“I play with Chanel’s elements like a musician plays with notes. You don’t have 1:1 replica handbags to make the same music if you are a decent musician,” he told Vogue magazine in 2010.
He also made the fashion house accessible and desirable to younger buyers by introducing ready to wear clothing and revamping the brand’s accessory lines.
Fashion historian Valerie Steele said the average age of a Chanel customer during Lagerfeld’s tenure dropped from the mid 50s to the late 30s. “In effect, he performed emergency surgery and totally revivified the brand,” Steele told The Washington Post. “He made it completely relevant and contemporary again and has continued to do so, against all odds.”
Time and again, he was able to drum up excitement and demand for Chanel’s clothes despite recessions, bubbles and bursts. In 1997, Vogue crowned him the “unparalleled interpreter of the mood of the moment.”
His success inspired what former French Vogue editor Joan Juliet Buck deemed “the Lazarus movement” in fashion a business model of hiring up and replica designer handbags coming designers to make over age old fashion houses. Examples include Gucci’s hiring of Tom Ford and Louis Vuitton’s hiring of Marc Jacobs.
Off the runway, Lagerfeld cultivated a distinctive look by applying Klorane dry shampoo to keep his snowy white mane as bright as possible, and he declined to remove his black shades at parties or in interviews. He rounded Fake Louis Vuitton Replica Bags out his style with high collared shirts and fingerless gloves.
“I am like a caricature of myself, and I like that,” he once said of his replica louis vuitton look. “It is like a mask. And for me, the Carnival of Venice lasts all year long.”
His followers relished his deadpan barbs and terse commentary on fashion and fame: “Chic is a kind of mayonnaise, either it tastes, or it doesn’t Discount Replica Louis Vuitton Bags ,” “Vanity is the fake designer bags most healthiest thing in life” and “Trendy is the last stage before tacky.”
Even his cat, a white Birman named Choupette, amassed a fan base; she appeared in fashion magazine spreads, inspired a makeup line by the Japanese cometic company Shu Uemura and garnered more than 48,000 followers on Twitter. The pampered pet with two private maids to tend to her needs brought in a hefty $3 million from modeling in 2014.
Lagerfeld’s controversial jabs about celebrities including pop singer Adele (“a little too fat”), British socialite Pippa Middleton (“I don’t like the sister’s face she should only show her back”) and even his late artist friend Andy Warhol (“physically he was quite repulsive”) often made for tabloid fodder.
His theatrical personality often translated to the runway. He once employed strippers and the late Italian adult film star Moana Pozzi to model a black and white collection for Fendi (which provoked Vogue Editor Anna Wintour’s prompt departure from the event) and he once staged a runway show atop the Great Wall of China, costing Fendi a reported $10 million.
He often quipped, “I’m very much down to Earth, just not this Earth.”Karl Otto Lagerfeldt he said he dropped the “t” to sound “more commercial” was reportedly born in Hamburg on Sept. 10, 1933. His father made his fortune from introducing condensed milk to Europe and moved the family to the German countryside castle near the Danish border during World War II.
“I was born when my father was 60 and my mother 42,” he told Vice replica louis vuitton handbags magazine in 2010. “I don’t think I know anything about [their] lives.”
His childhood was sheltered and privileged, filled with personal valets and private tutors. He told interviewers that he had little use for other children’s company and aspired from a young age to be around adults “to be taken seriously.”.