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Karl Lagerfeld Dies in Paris

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PARIS, FranceKarl Lagerfeld, arguably the world’s most iconic designer and undoubtedly the most prolific, has died in Paris. He was 85.

In a seven-decade career as fashion’s ultimate free agent, Lagerfeld created collections simultaneously for the celebrated houses of Chanel and Fendi, in addition to his signature label, at a pace without rival in the luxury industry.

Virginie Viard, director of Chanel’s design studio and Lagerfeld’s closest collaborator for more than 30 years, will take the creative reins at the storied brand’s fashion business. A succession plan has yet to be announced at Fendi.

For Lagerfeld, to design was to breathe, “so if I can’t breathe, I’m in trouble,” he often quipped to journalists who were astonished by his inexhaustible work ethic and his insistence that he would never retire.

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