Chanel's creative director, Karl Lagerfeld, died yesterday after complications from a short illness. The iconic German designer began his career with the fashion house 36 years ago, and worked for the label right up until his death.
Celebrities including Victoria Beckham, Bella Hadid and Melania Trump all paid tribute to the man who inspired, dressed and befriended them.
Here are five things you didn’t know about the creative genius.
1. He lied about his age
Lagerfeld was born on September 10, 1933 in Hamburg, Germany. His mother was a lingerie saleswoman, and his father a businessman. Lagerfeld claimed he was born in 1938, but he later denied that in a French television interview. In 2013, he told the French publication, Paris Match, that he was born in 1935. It wasn’t until a birth announcement for Lagerfeld, published by his parents in 1933, came to light that the truth was revealed.
2. He loved Diet Coke
Lagerfeld was a huge fan of the sugary drink and once told Harper’s Bazaar, "I drink Diet Coke from the minute I get up to the minute I go to bed. I can even drink it in the middle of the night and I can sleep. I don't drink coffee, I don't drink tea, I drink nothing else."
3. Karl loved his cat, Choupette, and left her a chunk of his fortune
Lagerfeld’s beloved feline friend, Choupette, eats four meals a day from a (literal) silver dish, and has even graced the covers of Vogue and V Magazine. She also has her own book, Choupette: The Private Life of a High-Flying Fashion Cat, and it was reported by South China Morning Post that Choupette will receive a chunk of Lagerfeld's wealth, and will be well taken care of after her owner's death.
4. He also loved his godson, Hudson Kroenig
Hudson Kreonig, son of models Brad and Nicole Kreonig, frequently graced the catwalk with Lagerfeld and joined him on private holidays. In 2015, Lagerfeld told New York Magazine that he doesn't have a close relationship with his family, including his sister's children. Instead, he dotes on his godson, Hudson.
5. He was also a talented photographer
Not only was Lagerfeld a legendary fashoin designer, he was equally well-known and respected as a photographer. According to Lagerfeld's own website, he first began by photographing his own designs and fashion campaigns, but later moved on to portraits. Many celebrities have paid tribute by sharing the photographs Lagerfeld had taken of them.