Hollywood, Fashion Industry Figures Mourn Karl Lagerfeld

Dominique Charriau/WireImage
Karl Lagerfeld

The legendary fashion designer died at age 85.

Both Hollywood and the fashion community are mourning the death of Karl Lagerfeld, who died Tuesday at the age of 85.

In the wake of the news, stars — including Diane Kruger, Victoria Beckham and Donatella Versace, among others — have taken to social media to pay tribute to the legendary designer, who most recently served as creative director of Chanel and Fendi.

Kruger, who frequently sat front row at Lagerfeld's Chanel fashion shows, revealed that she had plans to introduce her daughter to the style icon this week. However, those plans were unexpectedly canceled this morning after learning about Lagerfeld's death.

"Karl.... I cannot tell you how much you meant to me and how much I will miss you. I will never forget your kindness towards me, your laughs, your imagination," wrote the actress. "I came to France to see you this week and introduce you to my daughter...I’m heartbroken I was too late. Rest In Peace, I adore you."

Fellow designer Beckham wrote on Instagram that she was "so incredibly sad to hear" of Lagerfeld passing away. "Karl was a genius and always so kind and generous to me both personally and professionally," she added. "RIP x vb."  

In a touching post, Versace wrote that Lagerfeld had a great impact on both herself and her late brother, Gianni. "Karl your genius touched the lives of so many, especially Gianni and I. We will never forget your incredible talent and endless inspiration," the Italian designer shared on Instagram. "We were always learning from you."

Lagerfeld had been in ill health. He was noticeably absent from Chanel’s spring 2019 haute couture show, held Jan. 22 at the Grand Palais in Paris; an announcement was made after the models' final walk that Lagerfeld had been feeling tired and was unable to attend.

The German-born designer and photographer joined Fendi in 1967 (when he collaborated with Silvia Fendi on women’s ready-to-wear) and became artistic director of Chanel in 1983 (overseeing haute couture and ready-to-wear). The next year, Lagerfeld started his own eponymous fashion brand. He continued his work with Fendi and Chanel until his death.

See the tributes to Lagerfeld below.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Rest in love #karllagerfeld #chanel

A post shared by Olivia Munn (@oliviamunn) on

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

My heart is broken. Thank you for everything x

A post shared by Lindsay Lohan (@lindsaylohan) on

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

There will always be a place in my heart for you, my dear Karl. I will never forget your kindness, your generosity and how much we have laughed together..I will truly treasure those moments forever. You have inspired us in so many ways! Thank you, maestro. I love you. Mi querido Karl, nunca olvidare el cariño y respeto con el que siempre me has tratado, tu generosidad, tu mente brillante y todo lo que me has hecho reír. Todos los momentos vividos contigo desde el día que te conocí, son un tesoro que se queda guardado en mi corazón para siempre. Gracias por inspirarnos con tu arte durante todos estos años. Gracias maestro. Te quiero mucho.

A post shared by Penélope Cruz (@penelopecruzoficial) on

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

After my first campaign you were asked on French television what you thought of me and you said you would have to meet me to truly know. I sent the interview to my French girl friend to translate and was elated you knew of my existence. Years later during fashion week in Paris you and your family walked into the restaurant my team and i were in and sat at the table next to us. All i could do was stare as this legend was sitting an arm stretch away. I got up and walked passed your table only to go to the bathroom and check my hair before strutting to your table and introducing myself. You told me you knew who i was and that the grace i walked with reminded you of a young Naomi Campbell. Wow.. those words will ring in my head forever. I’m happy i got to know what you thought of me. You’re greatly missed. Sending my love to the Lagerfeld family, you’re in my prayers

A post shared by ♔Winnie Harlow♔ (@winnieharlow) on