The designer's namesake label confirmed the sad news, calling him "one of the most influential and celebrated designers of the 21st century and an iconic, universal symbol of style".
It was the first time the designer hadn't made an appearance at the end of a Chanel catwalk to take a bow.
The only odd thing about this otherwise unremarkable love story is that he was an aging fashion designer, and she was his cat. I wish I could give you one last hug.
My biggest scoop on Lagerfeld happened in 2004, by chance, when a guest at the Costume Institute's annual Met Gala mentioned to me that the designer was about to announce a collaboration with the fast-fashion retailer H&M.
Lagerfeld stood out as a an accomplished photographer.
A weight-loss book he published in 2005 - "The Karl Lagerfeld Diet" - consolidated his status as a pop culture icon.
He said: "For me, as long as people eat meat and wear leather, I don't get the message". In his over 35 years with the brand, he dressed stars like First Lady Melania Trump, as well as Hollywood royalty like Margot Robbie, Lily Rose Depp and Kristen Stewart, just to name a few. Lagerfeld said the line was inspired by Cuba's "cultural richness".
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The baby was tended to by paramedics at the scene while the huge crowds that had gathered to witness the rescue, cheered on. PR councillor, Shotel De Boer with residents. "Rescue efforts are underway try to rescue it", he said.
Born in Hamburg, Germany, Lagerfeld went on to win a womenswear design competition in 1954.
Lagerfeld was never in any doubt that he was born to lead, confessing he had asked his Prussian mother for a valet for his fifth birthday. "He contributed to making Paris the fashion capital of the world and Fendi one of the most innovative of Italian brands", the billionaire said.
Vogue Paris published an homage to Lagerfeld today.
On Yves Saint Laurent: "He is very middle-of-the-road French - very pied-noir, very provincial". Karl was credited with transforming Chanel after taking over the brand in 1983.
"A prolific creative mind with endless imagination, Karl Lagerfeld explored many artistic horizons, including photography and short films", it continues. "I had been warned, 'Do not take Chanel, it's bad", he told Madame Figaro magazine.
He never ceased to shake up the storied house, sending out a logo-emblazoned bikini so small that the top looked like pasties on a string and another collection that dispensed entirely with bottoms, with the models wearing little jackets over opaque tights instead.