Fashion Icon Karl Lagerfeld Has Died, His Fashion Will Live On

The sad news of Karl Lagerfeld’s death has been announced today, and as a former fashion student, and long-time Lagerfeld fan, I wanted to write a little piece in memory of such a style icon. He may have said some controversial things over the years, but his influence on the fashion world is undeniable, and I for one was saddened by the news of his death.

Karl Lagerfeld was 85 years old when he passed away, and he worked tirelessly up to his final days. The stylish German designer has been the creative director for Chanel and Fendi, as well as having his own brand. He was renowned for his classic design style and inspired young designers, including myself, to challenge the industry and reimagine how women can dress.

For me, he’s always been up there with Alexander McQueen and Vivienne Westwood, real icons in a world so difficult to stand out in. I also think his personal style was flawless. A tailored suit, dark glasses and his iconic white ponytail, Lagerfeld WAS fashion. He once famously stated that he was a caricature of himself, and that he liked it that way.

There is no beauty without strangeness.

The news of his death has reached fans of his work and of the man himself, and heartfelt tributes have already gone out from fellow icons such as Donatella Versace, Victoria Beckham and Henry Holland. I personally remember fondly when he collaborated with high street clothing brand H&M, and a student like me with minimum income could finally own something designed by such a personal idol. I still have my Lagerfeld T Shirt, and I won’t be throwing it out anytime soon.

Written by Anthony Divers

Anthony Divers is a writer and social media manager for 25YL, and works as a team leader for a group of staff in a service centre. He loves gaming, horror movies and music. Living in the North East of England, he is surrounded by family, cats and his partner, who also works for 25YL. He believes he is the funniest man in England, and collects the souls of his defeated enemies in cute little jars. He has won first prize for the annual Valentine's poetry competition at his work place 3 years in a row, and also took the trophy for Best Wig in 2014*

*no one else was judged, or indeed asked to wear a wig, but a trophy's a trophy.

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  1. RIP…forever young KarlLagarfeld. What a beautiful man he is and for ever will be. Yes, he is an end of an era and he will be well received. Love does not only mean here on the physical plane of earth.

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