Karl Lagerfeld: The Fashion Icon Dies At 85 As His Cat Inherits Fortune
The German fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld has passed away at the age of 85 after weeks of ill health. He was the artistic head of three brands at the same time: France’s Chanel, Italy’s Fendi and his eponymous line. He was one of fashion’s most iconic, influential, flamboyant and colourful characters given his omnipresent dark sunglasses, white ponytail and black leather gloves was a trademark. It is believed Lagerfeld’s fortune has crossed $US200 million and a chunk of this huge fortune will go to his beloved cat, Choupette. The legend had his fair share of controversies during his six decades of a design career.
Soon after the news of his death spread, words of condolence started flowing in. India’s couturier Suneet Varma said, “He has influenced many generations of designers, stylists, clients and trend forecasters worldwide. He had the uncanny ability to think far ahead into the future. He was always thinking of tomorrow. It takes tremendous energy and a brilliant mind to be as prolific as he was.”
Lagerfeld was particularly fond of his cat, Choupette. In his interview last April, he told Numero magazine that he wanted to be laid to rest with his pet. “There will be no funeral. I’d rather die! I’ve asked to be cremated and want my ashes to be scattered along with my mother’s and Choupette’s if she dies before I do,” he said. “Choupette is a rich girl,” he further told Vanity Fair. “She has her own little fortune. If anything happens to me, the person who will take care of her will not be in poverty.”
Even his death has received a fair share of tweet war and controversy.