Chanel muse Diane Kruger has led the stars paying tribute to late designer Karl Lagerfeld after it was revealed he passed away from pancreatic cancer on Tuesday, aged 85.
In a heartbreaking post, she revealed she was bringing her four-month-old daughter to meet him in France yet admitted ‘I was too late’.
Iconic fashion designer Karl died in Paris, Chanel sources confirmed. The artistic director for Chanel had looked increasingly frail in recent seasons, and had suffered ill health in recent weeks.
Heartache: Chanel muse Diane Kruger has led the stars paying tribute to late designer Karl Lagerfeld after it was revealed he passed away on Tuesday aged 85 (pictured in 2010)
In Diane’s tribute to the star, she revealed she was set to fly to France this week to introduce Karl to her daughter, as she penned: ‘Karl…..I cannot tell you how much you meant to me and how much I will miss you…
‘I will never forget your kindness towards me, your laughs, your imagination. I came to France see you this week and introduce you to my daughter…I’m heartbroken I was too late. Rest In Peace, I adore you’.
An official statement shared on Karl’s Instagram account read: ‘The House of KARL LAGERFELD shares, with deep emotion and sadness, the passing of its creative director, Karl Lagerfeld, on February 19, 2019, in Paris, France…
‘He was one of the most influential and celebrated designers of the 21st century and an iconic, universal symbol of style. Driven by a phenomenal sense of creativity, Karl was passionate, powerful and intensely curious…
Way back when: In Diane’s tribute to the star, she revealed she was set to fly to France this week to introduce Karl to her daughter (Diane and Karl, pictured in Miami in 2008)
‘He leaves behind an extraordinary legacy as one of the greatest designers of our time, and there are no words to express how much he will be missed.’
Alexa Chung, another close ally to Chanel, shared a cheeky tribute in which she penned: ‘Rest in peace, Karl. I remember being so scared to interview you and yet you were in fact incredibly witty and generous…
‘Thank you for inviting me to some of the most glamorous experiences of my life, it was an honour to know you. Oh yeah and thanks for the dry shampoo tip, will always think of you as I powder my wig.’
Victoria Beckham wrote: ‘So incredibly sad to hear this. Karl was a genius and always so kind and generous to me both personally and professionally. RIP’.
Close pal: Lily Allen, who spoke in her autobiography about their friendship, wrote: ‘You made me feel like a princess’
Clearly heartbroken, Bella Hadid wrote: ‘Nothing feels right today..at a loss for words and so heartbroken by the loss of Karl…
‘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. 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’.
Lily Allen spoke in her recent autobiography about their friendship and was previously lauded by the designer for her style and energy.
Speaking of her Chanel campaign, Karl said in 2009: ‘I love Lily Allen. She looks a lot like Gabrielle Chanel and she is a self-made woman. She is cool, young and extremely witty…
Happy days: Victoria Beckham wrote: ‘So incredibly sad to hear this. Karl was a genius and always so kind and generous to me both personally and professionally. RIP’ (pictured in 2010)
Beloved friend: Alexa Chung, another close ally to Chanel shared a cheeky tribute in which she penned: ‘Rest in peace, Karl. I remember being so scared to interview you and yet you were in fact incredibly witty and generous’
‘Photographing her for this advertising campaign was fantastic fun. She is extremely inspiring and is completely taken with the bags – with her typical English reserve!”
Clearly heartbroken at the news, Lily wrote on Tuesday: ‘You made me feel like a princess… I never quite understood what you saw in me…
‘But I am forever grateful for the support that you and Chanel have given me over the last 15 years. Rest In Peace Karl, you were a true genius and will be missed, so much.’
Lindsay Lohan shared a throwback snap of the pair with the added caption: ‘My heart is broken. Thank you for everything x’.
Happy days: Alexa is clearly heartbroken by the news (pictured at Chanel’s Wooster street store. Chanel Soho Store Re-Opening Party, New York)
Recalling her own experiences with the fashion great, Winnie Harlow posted: ‘After my first campaign you were asked on French television what you thought of me and you said you would have to meet me to truly know…
‘I sent the interview to my French girl friend to translate and was elated you knew of my existence. Years later during fashion week in Paris you and your family walked into the restaurant my team and i were in and sat at the table next to us…
‘All i could do was stare as this legend was sitting an arm stretch away. I got up and walked passed your table only to go to the bathroom and check my hair before strutting to your table and introducing myself…
Pals: What a talent. What an appetite for life. Wonderful and lethal company. Never a dull moment. Love, Elton xx (Karl and Elton pictured with Princess Diana at Gianni Versace’s memorial mass in July 1997)
All the stars: As he sat at the helm of the fashion industry, Karl naturally had a host of superstar pals (pictured with Tilda Swinton in 2015)
‘You told me you knew who i was and that the grace i walked with reminded you of a young Naomi Campbell. Wow.. those words will ring in my head forever. I’m happy i got to know what you thought of me. You’re greatly missed. Sending my love to the Lagerfeld family, you’re in my prayers.’
Marion Cotillard shared a lengthy message in both French and English reading: ‘Dear Karl. Dear maestro. Your Being was so vibrante, your profound kindness, your curiosity of the world and humanity touched me so deeply…
‘What you have left is Alive, Luminous and Bright. The world Genius suits you perfectly. Thank you for the beauty, the humor, the poetry, the authenticity, the excellence, the passion and the love…
‘Thank you for giving so much to France. And to Art. I wish you a wonderful and peaceful journey. With all my love. Marion’.
Heartache: Yet another supermodel tribute came from Gigi Hadid, as she posted: ‘I’m so heartbroken I almost don’t have words’
Lily-Rose Depp penned: ‘Cher Karl, que dire pour exprimer à quel point vous allez nous manquer. The world will never know another force like you…
‘My heart is so heavy today, but so full of gratitude for all that you have taught and done for me. Your kindness, humour, and loyalty will live on in the hearts of those who knew you and your genius will live on forever…
‘I feel so lucky to have been able to work with you so closely, but even luckier to have known your heart and incredible spirit. I will hold every moment spent with you so dear. Words can’t express how much your belief in me has impacted every aspect of my life; it is a gift I could never thank you enough for…
‘You made my dreams come true. Thinking of my chanel family today and all those who knew and loved Karl, on vous aime. Merci, merci, merci. Vous êtes éternel.’
Better times… Gigi’s heartache was clear in her post (pictured, left, with the icon at a V Magazine dinner honouring Karl in 2017)
Way back when: Chanel model Cara Delevingne shared a candid behind the scenes snap with the caption: ‘Such an honour to have been able to meet the legend that was @karllagerfeld A true fashion icon #karllargerfeld #RIP’
Chanel model Cara Delevingne shared a candid behind the scenes snap with the caption: ‘Such an honour to have been able to meet the legend that was @karllagerfeld A true fashion icon #karllargerfeld #RIP’.
Kris Jenner thanked the star, writing: ‘You bought so much beauty, style and grace to this world. Karl, you will forever be a true legend, an icon, an inspiration…
‘It was such a thrill and a pleasure to have met you, to have worked with you, and to have experienced the amazing times when you would photograph my girls for your beautiful campaigns…
‘There will never be another like you, my dear friend, and you will be truly missed. KarlLagerfeld @karllagerfeld’.
Superstar: Kris Jenner thanked the star, writing: ‘You bought so much beauty, style and grace to this world. Karl, you will forever be a true legend, an icon, an inspiration’
Lottie Moss was left devastated when she shared a post at 12.39PM revealing she had just woken up to hear of the fashion maven’s passing. She penned: ‘The saddest news to wake up to, A legend. You will be missed by many’.
David Beckham posted a quote from the icon within a message reading: ‘“Evolution is the secret for the next step” – rest in peace, Karl Lagerfeld’.
Yet another supermodel tribute came from Gigi Hadid, as she posted: ‘I’m so heartbroken I almost don’t have words…
‘There will never be another Karl Lagerfeld. Ever second with you was an honour, joy and inspiration. I wish I could give you one last hug. I love you Karl. Thank you for everything. Rest in peace.’
His girls: Karl cherry-picked a host of models to work closely with Chanel over the years, including Kristen Stewart and Lily-Rose Depp (pictured together in December 2017)
Stella McCartney posted a long message reading: ‘This is a truly sad day. To say I knew this gentle man that changed how we all looked at the world, is an honour.
‘My heart goes out to his loved ones and to all that felt his delicate and spectacular touch on an industry that is so crowded with characters. He held his place high above all and his sharp wit and mind blew us all away. A true icon…
‘One that will be missed for many, many years to come and will always be responsible for so much creative genius…
‘Thank you Karl for all the beauty and for seeing the world through those iconic glasses that were truly rose-tinted with a vision that was like no other. You will be very missed… And always loved x’.
Way back when: Overjoyed: Stella McCartney posted a long message reading: ‘This is a truly sad day. To say I knew this gentle man that changed how we all looked at the world, is an honour’
The greats: For the first time in decades Lagerfeld did not come out to take a bow at the Chanel’s couture show in Paris in January, something the company attributed to him being tired (pictured in 2015)
For the first time in decades Lagerfeld did not come out to take a bow at the Chanel’s couture show in Paris in January, something the company attributed to him being tired.
As well as his decades of unforgettable designs, Lagerfeld was also famous for his acid tongue. After the 2011 Royal Wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, he said Kate has a ‘nice silhouette’, but that sister Pippa Middleton ‘struggles’.
‘I don’t like the sister’s face. She should only show her back.’
When offering his thoughts on Russia he said: ‘If I was a woman in Russia I would be a lesbian, as the men are very ugly.’
Lagerfeld – dubbed ‘Kaiser Karl’ and ‘Fashion Meister’ – was worshiped like a god in fashion circles around the world up until his death.
Happy days: Clearly heartbroken, Bella Hadid wrote: ‘Nothing feels right today..at a loss for words and so heartbroken by the loss of Karl’
Snap happy: Having been lucky enough to nab a snap with Karl, Myleene Klass paid tribute while adding the caption: ‘Karl Lagerfeld, a man whose talent I worshiped. Goodbye to the titan of the fashion world’
The Hamburg-born son of a German mother and Swedish father, left his home country for France and the capital of fashion – Paris – in his early 20s and is best known for his association with Chanel, dating back to 1983.
But Lagerfeld, who simultaneously churned out collections for LVMH’s Fendi and his eponymous label – an unheard of feat in fashion – was also brand in his own right.
Sporting dark suits, white, pony-tailed hair and tinted sunglasses in his later years that made him instantly recognisable, even outside the court of haute couture.
The designer mingled with the young and trendy until the last, 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, described by her social network minders as ‘daughter of Karl Otto Lagerfeld’, has more than 100,000 Instagram photo-network followers and a publishing deal.
Happy days: Karl rubbed shoulders with the stars, including Vanessa Paradis (pictured in 2015)