Beginning of his career
Lagarfeld was born in pre-war Germany and was named Karl Otto Lagerfeldt . He later changed his name to Lagerfeld because he felt it sounded "more commercial". Karl went on to win a womenswear design competition in 1954 and moved to Paris with his mother to work as the design assistant for the couturier Pierre Balmain.
New life at Chanel
After taking the leadership role at Chanel, Lagerfeld led Chanel to become one of the leading names in luxury fashion and remained with the brand until his death. In 1984 he also launched his own name label.
Known for his outspoken remarks
Lagerfeld was also known for his outspoken and controversial comments. One of his famous statements on fashion was that “sweatpants are a sign of defeat”. “You lost control of your life so you bought some sweatpants,” he said
Joins Fendi in 1965
In 1965, Langerfeld joined the Italian fashion house Fendi, and produced more than 100 collections for it. The Fendi sisters roped him to bring some youth to the fur-centric Italian brand with dyed and shaved fur coats. In the process he was constantly opposed and criticised by animal rights groups.
Karl Lagerfeld's cat might inherit his fortune
According to media reports, Lagerfeld has left behind a net worth of $200 million. Lagerfeld's former Roman-style villa in Hamburg, Germany is also on the market for $11.7 million. According to some reports, his cat Choupette may also soon become wealthy as the German fashion designer left her a chunk of his fortune.