He was the creative director behind Fendi and Chanel from 1965 and 1983, respectively. In the '80s, he debuted Chanel's iconic "CC" logo, featuring the interlocking initials of Coco Chanel.
Lagerfeld also collaborated with musicians, designing tour outfits for Madonna and Kylie Minogue, as well as contributing to Pharrell's book Pharrell: A Fish Doesn't Know It's Wet. Lagerfeld also directed a short film called Once Upon a Time… in 2013, casting Keira Knightley as Coco Chanel and Clotilde Hesme as her aunt Adrienne Chanel.
He also, however, frequently came under fire for comments he made about female celebrities' appearances. He once called Adele "a little too fat," and claimed that he didn't like Pippa Middleton's look, praising Kate Middleton's beauty, but saying, "I don't like the sister's face."
Nevertheless, he has received an outpouring of sympathy from Hollywood celebrities, models and musicians alike in the wake of his passing. See some of those messages below.
Nothing feels right today..at a loss for words and so heartbroken by the loss of Karl. His humor, wit , love and passion for fashion will live on forever. Thank you for the inspiration that you gave to this world and for all of the hearts that you touched in the process. Every time I saw you it felt like the first time & I will miss your hugs so much. I feel so lucky to have been in your presence. Sending my love to the Lagerfeld family and to all closest to him. I am so sorry. We all love you so much .💔 Rest In Peace KL❤️
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 ♥️ 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 ♥️
It was such a thrill and a pleasure to have met you, to have worked with you, and to have experienced the amazing times when you would photograph my girls for your beautiful campaigns. There will never be another like you, my dear friend. You will be truly missed @KarlLagerfeld pic.twitter.com/VBuFZU9BmL— Kris Jenner (@KrisJenner) February 19, 2019