Chanel names Karl Lagerfeld's successor: Virginie Viard

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Fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld poses during the Champs Elysee Avenue illumination ceremony for the Christmas season, in Paris.

Karl Lagerfeld, the longtime creative director of Chanel and Fendi, has died, Chanel confirmed in a statement issued on Tuesday.

In a 7 decade career, Lagerfeld created collections simultaneously for the celebrated houses of Chanel and Fendi, in addition to his signature label. In 2013, Lagerfeld told French magazine "Paris Match" he was born in 1935, but in 2019 his assistant still didn't know the truth - telling AP he liked "to scramble the tracks on his year of birth - that's part of the character". He also had his own eponymous label and designed for another fashion house, Fendi, notes the BBC.

After de Bascher died of an AIDS-related illness in 1989, Lagerfeld, who said repeatedly that "I have no human feelings", piled on the pounds and lavished gifts on several young men with whom he became infatuated, she said.

Just what will happen to Choupette following Lagerfeld's death is unclear, although there will likely be no shortage of minders for one of the world's most fashionable felines. Nobody could light up the room the way Karl Lagerfeld did. Virginie Viard, Director of CHANEL's Fashion Creation Studio and Karl Lagerfeld's closest collaborator for more than 30 years, has been entrusted by Alain Wertheimer with the creative work for the collections, so that the legacy of Gabrielle Chanel and Karl Lagerfeld can live on.

It was the first time Lagerfeld had ever missed giving a catwalk bow at the end of a Chanel show.

"Karl, your genius touched the lives of so many, especially Gianni and I", Donatella wrote, referencing her late brother.

He first found real success in the mid-1960s with Chloe, the fashion label now owned by Switzerland's Richemont and to which he was connected off and on until 1997. "Fashion and culture has lost a great inspiration".

The son of an industrialist who made a fortune in condensed milk and his violinist wife, Lagerfeld was born into an affluent family in Hamburg, Germany.

"My problem as a child was that I was bored to death because I wanted to be a grown-up person", he said in a 2011 interview with the U.K.'s Independent newspaper.

He was best known for his association with France's Chanel, dating back to 1983. He teamed up with high street brand H&M in 2004 for limited edition collections, a move that raised eyebrows and was then quickly copied by others.

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