Karl Lagerfeld was the most famous living designer in the world. Instantly recognisable and known for his sharp tongue, as much as he was for invigorating the house of Chanel, Lagerfeld was one designer who can truly lay claim to the often-used, seldom-true phrase, a fashion legend. As news of his death in Paris is confirmed, we look back at his remarkable career.
After three years at Balmain, Lagerfeld joined the French fashion house Jean Patou, where he designed for five years. His collections challenged preconceptions of couture, including mini-skirts and plunging necklines that were poorly received by the conservative fashion press.