Karl Lagerfeld Dead at 85: Tributes From Kim Kardashian, Lily-Rose Depp, Marc Jacobs and More

Layla Ilchi

Legendary fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld died Tuesday morning at the age of 85. With a career spanning 60 years, Lagerfeld’s tenure at Chloé, Fendi, and most notably Chanel helped him establish strong relationships with prominent models, celebrities and other fashion designers. Many have taken to social media to pay their respects to the late designer.

Tributes poured in from many of his muses, past and present, including Cindy Crawford, her daughter Kaia Gerber and Lily-Rose Depp, who serves as the face of Chanel No.5 L’Eau fragrance. Depp posted a photo on Instagram with a heartfelt note on her relationship with Lagerfeld. See below for more.

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Vogue editor-in-chief, Anna Wintour, issued a statement on Lagerfeld’s death on Vogue’s website stating: “Today the world lost a giant among men. Karl was so much more than our greatest and most prolific designer — his creative genius was breathtaking and to be his friend was an exceptional gift. Karl was brilliant, he was wicked, he was funny, he was generous beyond measure and he was deeply kind. I will miss him so very much.”

Other fashion designers have taken to Instagram to pay their respects, including Alber Elbaz, Marc Jacobs, Virgil Abloh and Donatella Versace, among others.

Supermodel Claudia Schiffer, a longtime muse of Lagerfeld’s, posted an Instagram photo of herself with the designer in which she wears the finale wedding gown from his Chanel Couture fall 1991 show.

Kim Kardashian also paid her respects to the designer, who she said photographed her first fashion shoot. Kardashian posted an Instagram slideshow with the designer, stating “the world is so much chicer because you existed!”

Scroll through the rest of the tributes here:

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The Godfather. #🖤

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I treasure the time I had with you. ❤️

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Total respect Rest in Peace

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