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FILE - In this Feb. 14, 2014 file photo, fashion icon Karl Lagerfeld poses for photographers in front of his books prior to the start of an exhibition at the museum Folkwang in Essen, Germany. Chanel's iconic couturier, Karl Lagerfeld, whose accomplished designs as well as trademark white ponytail, high starched collars and dark enigmatic glasses dominated high fashion for the last 50 years, has died. He was around 85 years old. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner, File)
February 19, 2019 - 4:34 PM

PARIS - The Latest on the death of fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld (all times local):

7 p.m.

Macao casino company SJM, which is building a hotel in the Chinese casino capital designed by Karl Lagerfeld, says it's "deeply saddened" by news of his death.

SJM Holdings Ltd. said in a statement that it was an honour to work with Lagerfeld on the hotel, which the company looks forward to completing "as a legacy to his creative genius."

The Karl Lagerfeld Hotel is part of a glitzy multi-billion-dollar casino resort that SJM is building in the former Portuguese colony, the only place in China where casinos gambling is legal.

The Grand Lisboa Palace resort, which is due to open in the second half of 2019, will also feature a Versace-themed hotel.


5:45 p.m.

Luxury Italian fashion house Fendi says that is "immensely affected" by the death of its long-time creative director Karl Lagerfeld, who joined the Italian luxury fashion house in 1965 as "a pioneering, young German designer."

Fendi, which first launched as a furrier in 1925, credited Lagerfeld with revolutionizing "the very essence of fur" and going on to "lead Fendi through five decades of pure, unwavering innovation, giving life to creations that have stretched the boundaries of fashion."

While at Fendi, Lagerfeld helped popularize the idea of "fun fur" — fur coats weren't just for formal occasions. His creative direction was extended to women's ready-to-wear when Fendi joined the nascent Italian ready-to-wear scene in 1977.

Silvia Venturini Fendi said "we have lost a unique man and unrivaled designer. ... Our relationship was very special, based on a deep and very genuine affection. ... Karl Lagerfeld has been my mentor and my point of reference. A blink of an eye was enough to understand each other. For Fendi and myself the creative genius of Karl has been and will always be our guiding light."

Lagerfeld last appeared in Milan for the September womenswear previews for spring/summer 2019. Fendi shows its womenswear collection for fall and winter on Thursday in Milan.


4:50 p.m.

Actress Keira Knightley, one of Chanel's "faces" representing the brand, says she was "incredibly sad to hear the news about Karl (Lagerfeld)."

"This is such a great loss," said Knightley. "He was a legend both as a man and a creative force. He will be sorely missed."

The actress, who features in Chanel's perfume ads, chose one of the brand's outfits when she received her Officer of the Order of the British Empire award at Buckingham Palace last year.


3:50 p.m.

Karl Lagerfeld's former muse, Claudia Schiffer, says the German couturier was the equivalent of Andy Warhol in the fashion world.

Ruing the loss of someone "irreplaceable," Schiffer, one of the most famous top models in the 1990s, said on her Instagram account that Lagerfeld was her "magic dust."

Schiffer said Lagerfeld "transformed me from a shy German girl into a supermodel. He taught me about fashion, style and survival in the fashion business."

She added: "What Warhol was to art, he was to fashion; he is irreplaceable. He is the only person who could make black and white colorful! I will be eternally grateful to him."


3:30 p.m.

Designer Henry Holland used one of Lagerfeld's own quotes in a tweet posted to honour the master designer.

"To design is to breathe, so if I can't breathe, I'm in trouble," he quoted Lagerfield as saying, before adding , "RIP."

Lagerfeld died Tuesday.


3:10 p.m.

American Vogue editor Anna Wintour says the world has lost "a giant among men" with the death of Karl Lagerfeld.

Wintour, who was in London for fashion week shows, said she will miss Lagerfeld "so very much."

"Karl was so much more than our greatest and most prolific designer," she said. "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."

Lagerfeld died Tuesday, the Chanel house announced.


3:05 p.m.

Chanel brand ambassador Diane Kruger has posted an emotional tribute to Karl Lagerfeld, who died Tuesday.

The German actress chosen as a beauty ambassador promoting Chanel's cosmetic range said she had come to France this week to introduce her daughter to Lagerfeld.

"Karl.....I cannot tell you how much you meant to me and how much I will miss you," she said. "I will never forget your kindness towards me, your laughs, your imagination."

She said she was heartbroken she didn't get to France in time to see Lagerfeld and introduce her daughter before it was too late.


2:50 p.m.

Italian designer Donatella Versace has thanked Karl Lagerfeld for the way he influenced her work and that of her late brother Gianni Versace.

"Karl your genius touched the lives of so many, especially Gianni and I," she said Tuesday. "We will never forget your incredible talent and endless inspiration. We were always learning from you."

Versace tweeted a black-and-white photo of herself with Lagerfeld, who was wearing his signature ponytail and dark glasses.

Lagerfeld died Tuesday.


2:45 p.m.

Former top model Carla Bruni has thanked Karl Lagerfeld for the "sparkles," ''beauty and lightness" he brought into "such a heavy world."

Lagerfeld died Tuesday, the Chanel fashion house said.

In a message posted on her Instagram account accompanied by a picture of her and Lagerfeld, Bruni said "the whole world and I will miss you."

Bruni had kept ties with Lagerfeld after she retired from modeling to embrace a successful singing career. She is now married to former French president Nicolas Sarkozy.


2:35 p.m.

Designer and former Spice Girl Victoria Beckham says she is "so incredibly sad" about Karl Lagerfeld's death.

She tweeted the symbol for a broken heart and said, "Karl was a genius and always so kind and generous to me both personally and professionally. RIP."

Beckham showed her new collection at London Fashion Week Sunday.


2:35 p.m.

Germany's economy minister is lamenting the passing of fashion icon Karl Lagerfeld.

Speaking Tuesday after meeting with his French counterpart in Berlin, Peter Altmaier said they had learned "the sad news that Karl Lagerfeld has died," noting his celebrity status in Germany and France.

Lagerfeld was born in the northern German city of Hamburg, but moved to Paris as a young man where he became a designer for some of the world's leading fashion companies.


2:30 p.m.

The editor-in-chief of British Vogue has hailed Karl Lagerfeld's strong influence on other designers during his many years as a fashion leader.

"I am deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Karl Lagerfeld," Edward Enninful said Tuesday, on the final day of London Fashion Week.

"He has exerted an incredible influence over the fashion industry over the past six decades, and it goes without saying that the world has lost one of the greatest designers in the history of fashion. But it has also lost one of its greatest teachers."

Chanel announced that Lagerfeld died early Tuesday.


2:15 p.m.

Paris mayor Anne Hidalgo has expressed her sadness at the death of Karl Lagerfeld, calling him a genius whose art gave colour and shape to love.

Hidalgo says on Twitter Lagerfeld was a "great artist and a friend with a rare sensibility who his whole life accompanied women in their freedom and empowerment."

"He was Paris," she wrote. Lagerfeld died Tuesday.

She recalled his kindness and generosity and expressed her friendship to the employees of the Chanel house.


2 p.m.

Bernard Arnault, the chairman and CEO of luxury house LVMH, says the world has lost "a creative genius" with the death of Karl Lagerfeld.

In a statement released by LVMH, Arnault says "we owe him a great deal: his taste and talent were the most exceptional I have ever known."

Lagerfeld, Chanel's iconic couturier, died on Tuesday.

"I will always remember his immense imagination, his ability to conceive new trends for every season, his inexhaustible energy, the virtuosity of his drawings, his carefully guarded independence, his encyclopedic culture, and his unique wit and eloquence," Arnault said.


1:20 p.m.

Chanel's iconic couturier, Karl Lagerfeld, whose accomplished designs as well as trademark white ponytail, high starched collars and dark enigmatic glasses dominated high fashion for the last 50 years, has died. He was around 85 years old.

Such was the enigma surrounding the German-born designer that even his age was a point of mystery for decades, with reports he had two birth certificates, one dated 1933 and the other 1938.

Chanel said Lagerfeld died early Tuesday.

Lagerfeld was of the most hardworking figures in the fashion world holding down the top design jobs at LVMH-owned luxury label Fendi from 1977, and Paris' family-owned power-house Chanel in 1983.

Lagerfeld's designs quickly trickled down to low-end retailers, giving him an almost unprecedented impact on the entire fashion industry.


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