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If you didn’t know his name then you would be aware of his work. An icon in the fashion industry and across all corners of the globe, Karl Lagerfeld has passed away, aged 85. The designer, photographer and creative director of Chanel has undoubtedly rocked an industry and fashion enthusiasts from all walks of life.

According to a report by Closer, the creative’s health was deteriorating over the course of two weeks, before he died in Paris on February 19. On January 22 and the first time in his seven-decade career, the head designer at the French fashion house did not attend the Chanel runway. And in the words of one of fashion’s greatest leaders, design was like breathing, “so if I can’t breathe, I’m in trouble”.

Beginning his love for fashion at an early age – on December 13, 1949 to be exact when he attended a runway show with his Mother – the German-born man dedicated his life to the art. Working across the likes of Fendi and Balmain early in his career, Lagerfeld took on artistic director of Chanel in 1983, before creating his own eponymous label.

Behind some of the greatest runway shows and the rebuilding of a heritage fashion house, Karl Lagerfeld proved that fashion is far more than clothing. He will be greatly missed.

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