Celebrities pay tribute to Karl Lagerfeld after Chanel designer's death: 'You made me feel like a princess'

Francesca Specter
·Yahoo Style UK deputy editor

Karl Lagerfeld has died at the age of 85.

Karl Lagerfeld was notably absent from two of Chanel’s shows last month in Paris. (Photo: Getty Images)
Karl Lagerfeld was notably absent from two of Chanel’s shows last month in Paris. (Photo: Getty Images)

The Chanel designer died at a French hospital Tuesday morning following a bout of ill health in recent weeks, the French media reports.

Concerns about the German-born designer’s condition arose on Jan. 22, when he missed two of Chanel’s haute couture shows in Paris.

Celebrities and fellow designers are paying tribute to the fashion giant, including Victoria Beckham, first lady Melania Trump, actress Diane Kruger, singer Lily Allen, model Alexa Chung, Italian fashion designer Donatella Versace and celebrity hairdresser Sam McKnight.

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Dear Karl, it has been an enormous pleasure. I’m honoured to have known you. ❤️

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Karl, since the day I first walked into your office on rue Chambon you took me under your wing and brought me along on an incredible journey. My first campaign ever was for Chanel, the second for the Karl Lagerfeld brand. We did numerous campaigns and shoots together in the years that followed but the real beauty and luck about this for me was getting to know you, observe you, learn from you, laugh with you, enjoy so many special moments with you. Some of the best ones being from your mansion in the south of France where I stayed with you whenever we worked on a campaign. After long shoot days we would end up in Rampoldi for a feast of wonderful food and wines and you were one of the most delightful dinner dates I’ve ever had, sharing stories about everyone in the restaurant and enjoying the food with such infectious delight that I so appreciated because of my own love of food. Oh the many wonderful meals we shared.. the many stories.. the many late nights sitting with you in your vast library in candlelight with you talking about your childhood, work, books, writers, architects, artists, nature, food, people… everything. You knew everything about everything! I saw you last time at the Chanel show at the MET and I wanted to run out to you on the runway and hug you because I had a feeling.. well, I don’t think you passed away, you were just picked up by a UFO and brought back to the planet you’re from. Because you were as close to a super human that I have ever come across. I will miss you very much and always think of you. You gave me so much.. ❤️❤️❤️ @karllagerfeld @chanelofficial

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Lagerfeld was creative director of French luxury fashion house Chanel since 1983, and he has become associated with the brand in the same way as founder Coco Chanel herself.

He also worked on his own eponymous label and collaborated with Italian fashion house Fendi since 1965, designing furs, clothing and accessories.

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