Celebrities Pay Tribute to Karl Lagerfeld After Designer’s Death at 85

Celebrities and fashion industry stars are paying tribute to a style icon.

Karl Lagerfeld died this week in Paris at the age of 85. The news comes just one month after Lagerfeld missed Chanel’s spring 2019 haute couture show in Paris on January 22, leading to reports that he was in poor health.

Notes from Lagerfeld’s admirers have poured in since news of the iconic designer’s death. Many remembered him for his quick wit and genius work. The visionary designer led three brands: Fendi, Chanel and his own line, Karl Lagerfeld.

Keira Knightley, who stars as the face of Chanel and was photographed many times by Lagerfeld for the brand’s campaigns, expressed her love of the designer.

“I was incredibly sad to hear the news about Karl,” she said in a statement to PEOPLE. “This is such a great loss. He was a legend both as a man and a creative force. He will be sorely missed.”
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Diane Kruger, who was often seen on red carpets wearing Chanel designs, shared her own memories of the designer. She also said that she flew to Paris this week to introduce her new daughter to Lagerfeld but she was “too late.”
“Karl…..I cannot tell you how much you meant to me and how much I will miss you,” she wrote. “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.”

Model Lily-Rose Depp, one of Chanel’s current faces, shared her sadness in a heartfelt post on Instagram.

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 truly made my dreams come true. Thinking of my Chanel family today and all those who knew and loved Karl ❤️ Karl, on vous aime. Merci, merci, merci. Vous êtes éternel,” Depp wrote. 

Kaia Gerber, another current Chanel face (she began working with the label last year) mourned Lagerfeld’s death too.

“this one hurts to write. my dearest Karl, you have taught me things that I am eternally grateful for. I cannot put into words how lucky we all are to have been gifted your vision. your girls love you so much. the world is more beautiful now because of you. thank you for everything, no one will ever compare,” Gerber wrote on Instagram.

Gerber’s supermodel mom Cindy Crawford also remembered the fashion icon and shared a photo with him from a ’90s runway show.

@karllagerfeld your incredible talent and joie de vivre will be missed by all of us who love fashion and you 💔,” Crawford said.

Melania Trump said “the world lost a creative genius” when she learned of Lagerfeld’s passing, and shared a sketch he drew of the Chanel suit he designed for her to wear at her first appearance as the First Lady to greet Israeli Prime Minister in February 2017.

Actress Penélope Cruz unveiled her first campaign with Chanel in October 2018, and honored Lagerfeld with a selfie and sweet message on Instagram.

“There will always be a place in my heart for you, my dear Karl. I will never forget your kindness, your generosity and how much we have laughed together..I will truly treasure those moments forever. You have inspired us in so many ways! Thank you, maestro. I love you,” she wrote.

Kendall Jenner posted a series of videos and photos remembering Lagerfeld (and her time modeling the Chanel “wedding dress” on the runway) writing, “Today is the only full super moon in Virgo this year— what an honor to be a part of your beautiful shows. what an honor to be your bride. what an honor to be your friend. ❤️ RIP Karl, you are greatness in its purest form. we will remember you forever indeed, Virgo.”

Kris Jenner thanked the designer for bringing “so much beauty, style and grace to this world.”

She added, “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. 💔”

Fendi, one of the brands he oversaw as creative director, posted a note of gratitude, early Tuesday: “Thank you for the most beautiful journey. With all our love Your Fendi family.”

Designer Valentino Garavani wrote, “I am so sad and the words cannot express my sorrow. I love you my friend.”

Meanwhile, industry insiders like Derek Blasberg, head of YouTube fashion, and Eva Chen, Instagram’s head of fashion, posted their own fond memories of the designer. “He was brilliant and biting and busy and literally the best there ever was,” Blasberg wrote.

Designer Victoria Beckham and her husband, soccer star David Beckham, both paid their respects on Instagram. “So incredibly sad to hear this. Karl was a genius and always so kind and generous to me both personally and professionally,” Victoria wrote.

Gigi Hadid and Bella Hadid both honored the designer on their Instagram stories. “I’m so heartbroken I almost don’t have words,” Gigi wrote. “There will never be another Karl Lagerfeld. Every second with you was an honor, joy, and inspiration. I wish I could give you one last hug.”

Bella reposted her sister’s words, adding another story that read, “Nothing seems right at the moment…”

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Shortly after posting her message on Instagram Story, Gigi shared a series of photos working with Lagerfeld on her Instagram feed along with a tribute to “King Karl.”

“Karl, I will miss your indescribable presence, watching your calm, quiet, genius mind working, your little jokes, amazing stories, and experiencing the clothes, sets, and productions only you could dream up. Thank you for believing in me and for the beautiful, incredible opportunities you brought to my career, but mostly, thank you for giving me the honor of knowing the magic behind the myth,” Gigi said. “There will never be another Karl Lagerfeld. I am overwhelmed with sadness today, but also with so much love, admiration, and gratitude for you. To all his beloved friends and colleagues, and his favorite girl Choupette🐾, my heart is with you.”

Then Bella shared her own memories of Lagerfeld on her Instagram feed.

“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. I feel so lucky to have been in your presence,” Bella wrote. “Sending my love to the Lagerfeld family and to all closest to him. I am so sorry. We all love you so much .💔 there are so many things I wish I could say to you but for now I will say goodbye… Rest In Peace KL❤️.”

Designer and model Alexa Chung also shared her memories of Lagerfeld. “I remember being so scared to interview you and yet you were in fact incredibly witty and generous,” she wrote on Instagram. “Thank you for inviting me to some of the most glamorous experiences of my life, it was an honour to know you.”

Coco Rocha thanked Lagerfeld for all the opportunities he gave her as a model in her Instagram tribute.

“’m sad to hear that the one and only @KarlLagerfeld has passed. He was a giant in my industry and a man who gave me and so many others an abundance of wonderful opportunities and experiences in fashion, art and life. Truly, this is the end to an era,” Rocha said.

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In addition to fashion design, Lagerfeld was a photographer and video director, having created all the advertising campaigns for the brands he designed for. He photographed his muses and has worked with every top model and actress in the industry including Claudia Schiffer, Kristen Stewart and countless other A-list actresses.