He was known also for his statement uniform: The black suit, white shirt, fingerless gloves, pompadour and sunglasses. The look came together in the noughts, combined with a drastic weight loss and with this he was taken by cloths that were designed for tiny frames. He stuck to his diet; no sugar, cheese, or bread, but drank copious amounts of Diet Coke (don’t ask us why), around 10 cans a day.
He joined Chanel on a part-time basis in 1983, but also continue to design for Chloe, Fendi and others. However it will always be Chanel that he will be remembered, as he worked there for over 36 years, and made him the famous man he is.
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The designer constantly mingled with all sorts of famous stars and models, he was trendy until the end. His pairing up with 17 -year old catwalk darling – Kaia Gerber, daughter of Cindy Crawford, for a collaboration released by his Karl Lagerfeld brand in 2018. His cat Choupette moved with the times too: the white-haired Birman cat, always by his side.
We will miss him deeply.