The fashion world (and the rest of us mere mortals) are in mourning today with the passing of legendary Chanel designer. Karl died on Tuesday at the age of 85 after weeks of ill health.
The German-born designer, who was the creative director of Chanel, was one of fashion’s most iconic and influential figures. Lagerfeld was artistic director of three brands at the same time right up to his death: France’s Chanel - the world’s richest label - as well as Italy’s Fendi, and his eponymous line. It is reported that Lagerfeld had battled pancreatic cancer and died on February 19. Famed for his omnipresent dark sunglasses, white ponytail and black leather gloves, the enigmatic Lagerfeld was arguably the most prolific designer of the modern age. It is believed his fortune surpassed $US200 million ($A279 million) and part of which is reportedly being left to his beloved cat, Choupette.