Celebrities react to the passing of Chanel designer, Karl Lagerfeld

By Sarah Walker

The fashion world has lost another icon. On Tuesday (Feb. 19), legendary creative director of Chanel Karl Lagerfeld passed away at the age of 85, leaving in his wake many celebrity friends – from Donatella Versace to Diane Kruger and Victoria Beckham – mourning his loss.

Friends of the German designer became worried for him after he failed to appear at the Chanel show during Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week in January. Reports say the designer was admitted to the hospital in Paris on Feb. 18, and died the next morning. A couturier to the stars, Karl became friends with many of his A-list clients – and to honour his memory, many took to social media to express their sadness over his passing.

Donatella, who was close with the designer, wrote on Instagram: “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,” on Instagram.


"So incredibly sad to hear this," Victoria wrote. "Karl was a genius and always so kind and generous to me both personally and professionally."

A number of outlets reported that Diane tried to get to Paris to see Karl before he passed. She shared a heartbreaking message to Instagram: "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 to see you this week and introduce you to my daughter...I’m heartbroken I was too late Rest In Peace, I adore you."

On Twitter, several other stars shared photos of them meeting the legendary designer. Jessica Simpson even joked that she didn't "even recall him knowing my name, but man did I know his."
Meanwhile, Kris Jenner spoke of the relationship she and her daughters had with Chanel.
Canadian model Coco Rocha shared an amazing snapshot of her posing with the 85-year-old at a photo shoot.

And Gwyneth Paltrow posted a selfie of her and the ponytail aficionado at a show.

Other stars who mourned the loss of the designer included Penelope Cruz, Naomi Campbell, Winnie Harlow and Alexa Chung.

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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. 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 

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