Karl Lagerfeld, one of the most prolific and legendary fashion designers of the 20th and 21st centuries died in Paris on February 19. The mutli-tasking designer was widely admired for his unparalleled work ethic, creating collections for Chanel, Fendi, and his own eponymous brand simultaneously. During his illustrious career, the German-born maestro forged long-lasting relationships with some of the industry’s biggest stars, including Silvia Venturini Fendi, Donatella Versace, Cindy Crawford, and Ines De La Fressange, among others. Following the news of his death, many took to social media to share emotional and heartfelt tributes to the legendary designer.
Simi and Haze Khadra, who attended their first Chanel show at the age of 14 posted a photo of themselves FROW at a past Chanel show, captioning it: “Those of you who have been following us since we were 15 know what a significant part of our lives and careers Karl has been. What an honor to have spent so many years as part of the Chanel family. One of our favorite memories is the day we almost missed our midterms to stay in Paris and shoot for the Little Black Jacket. The privilege we had to watch you work for hours will forever give us creative fuel. Thank you for your boundless imagination and and for being the vanguard of what it means to ceaselessly reinvent yourself without ever straying away from your ethos. You will be missed”
Nora Attal, a regular on the Chanel and Fendi runways called him “A true icon.”
“I will forever cherish the opportunities I had working with such a legend. You will be missed,” she wrote.
Rising Tunisian model Azza Slimene made her Chanel catwalk debut in Lagerfeld’s autumn-themed Fall 2018 runway. She wrote on Instagram: “Words cannot describe my feelings. Thank you Karl for the most wonderful journey that I’m super blessed to be part of. Thank you for everything. Take care in heaven.”
Maya Diab proclaimed that it was “A sad day for the fashion industry and the world.” She added, “Your touch, vision, creativity, and genius will be missed. You created a route. RIP Icon.”
Zuhair Murad also took to Instagram to share his sentiments. “Goodbye Karl. RIP,” he wrote.
Gigi Hadid posted a series of images of herself alongside the designer. “Karl, I will miss your indescribable presence, watching your calm, quiet, genius mind working, your little jokes, amazing stories, and experiencing the clothes, sets, and productions only you could dream up,” she captioned the images. “Thank you for believing in me and for the beautiful, incredible opportunities you brought to my career, but mostly, thank you for giving me the honor of knowing the magic behind the myth. There will never be another Karl Lagerfeld. I am overwhelmed with sadness today, but also with so much love, admiration, and gratitude for you. To all his beloved friends and colleagues, and his favorite girl Choupette, my heart is with you. Rest In Peace King Karl. I didn’t want this day to come,” she added.
Meanwhile, her younger sister Bella revealed that she was “heartbroken.” She also took to social media to post a lineup of photos and videos, including of her Vogue Arabia September 2017 issue cover photographed by the designer, alongside an emotional caption that read: “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.”
Algerian-French model Farida Khelfa wrote alongside an image of herself with the designer, “We lost another fashion legend” in French, referring to the loss of her close friend Azzedine Alaïa, who passed away in Paris just over one year ago.
Also posting a heartfelt message of her own was Kendall Jenner. The supermodel uploaded a series of images and videos of herself with Lagerfeld, captioning it: “Today is the only full super moon in Virgo this year— what an honor to be a part of your beautiful shows. what an honor to be your bride. what an honor to be your friend. RIP Karl, you are greatness in its purest form. We will remember you forever indeed, Virgo.”
Supermodel and philanthropist Naomi Campbell also took to the photo-sharing platform to remember the iconic designer. “Karl… too many memories to write. I thank you, thank you, thank you for taking the chance on 16-year-old girl from South London and opening my eyes. May you rest with the Highest,” she wrote.
Elie Saab called the designer’s passing “the loss of an icon.”
Rihanna, who was good friends with Lagerfeld, shared a sweet photo of herself leaning on the designer’s shoulder. “The Godfather,” she simply captioned it.
Syrian couturier Nabil Nayal also uploaded a photo of himself with Karl Lagerfeld, writing that his death was “A huge loss to the fashion industry and the world.”
Kim Kardashian West took to Instagram to reveal that Lagerfeld was the one who lensed her first-ever major fashion spread for CR Fashion Book in 2013, when she was 7-months pregnant with North West. “We lost a true legend. You were such an inspiration to the world! You shot my first fashion shoot and I was so nervous to work with such an icon! The world is so much chicer because you existed! I am beyond honored to have met you and had the opportunity to work with you. You are so loved and will be so missed,” she captioned the series of images of herself with Lagerfeld uploaded onto her Instagram account.
Adwoah Aboah also took to Instagram to share a heartfelt goodbye. “Oh Karl, deeply saddened by the thought that I’ll never see you again, never be able to exchange sweet laughs and bouquets of flowers. Biggest supporter, loyal beyond belief,” she wrote alongside a backstage picture of herself with the designer. “Thank you for all the great opportunities you have given me, for the generosity, and kindness. I will walk my very best for you on Thursday as I know myself and all the models always tried to do. You will be missed by everyone who had the pleasure to meet and work with you.”
Kaia Gerber, who was one of Lagerfeld’s muses, was distraught by the news. “This one hurts to write. My dearest Karl, you have taught me things that I am eternally grateful for. I cannot put into words how lucky we all are to have been gifted your vision. Your girls love you so much. The world is more beautiful now because of you. Thank you for everything, no one will ever compare,” she wrote.
Cara Delevingne paid tribute to her friend and mentor with a number of video and image posts, saying “Every time I try and write about this man, all I do is cry. He changed my life, he believed in me when so many others didn’t, including myself. He also introduced me to some of the most important and special people in my life. He is a visionary, a genius, but more than that, a dear friend. Outside of fashion, he was one of the most interesting and caring men I have ever met. I am so lucky and grateful to have had him in my life, worked with him, and been able to spend time with him. Although now, I wish it had been more. His legacy will live on forever. I miss you more than I could ever try and describe. I wish I had been able to tell you how much you meant to me. I love you @karllagerfeld. All I can say is thank for the bottom of my heart.”
Donatella Versace also posted a heartfelt tribute on Instagram upon hearing the news: “Karl, your genius touched the lives of so many, especially Gianni and I. We will never forget your incredible talent and endless inspiration. We were always learning from you.”