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In memory of Karl Lagerfeld, one of the most prolific and widely popular designers of the 20th and 21st centuries, who has died today at 85.
Lagerfeld was Creative Director of Chanel for an era-defining, age-defying 36 years. Upon assuming the reins in 1983, Lagerfeld swiftly revived Chanel, reinterpreting the house founder’s iconic tweed skirt suits, little black dresses, and quilted handbags. He did it via the lens of hip-hop one season and California surfer chicks the next—he was a pop culture savant—without ever forgetting what the revolutionary Coco stood for: independence, freedom, and modernity. His iconic work for over half of a century will be remembered as a many faceted, brilliant, and irreplaceable talent. Photographed by Annie Leibovitz, Vogue, September 2018