FASHION royalty including Anna Wintour gathered to pay their respects to Karl Lagerfeld at his cremation today.
The Chanel designer died from pancreatic cancer aged 89 in Paris on Tuesday morning.
Lagerfeld was cremated in Nanterre, west of Paris, after he famously quipped that he’d “rather die” than be buried.
Vogue editor Wintour joined a host of high-profile mourners, including supermodel Natalia Vodianova and Caroline de Monaco, the Princess of Hanover.
Also in attendance was Virginie Viard, who has taken over as creative director at Chanel.
Lagerfeld’s muse and model Brad Korenig also paid his respects alongside his son Hudson, 11.
Hudson was Lagerfeld’s godson and is expected to be in his will and in line to inherit part of his $200 million fortune.
Lagerfeld once said he would have no funeral because he was “really against remembrances”.
According to Bild, he had written a manual on how the company should react to his death.
The five-page document tells shop staff to “locally purchase a large, white flower bouquet existing out of white roses, to place in the middle of the (main) window.”
He specified that the flowers must have 120cm long stems and should be placed in transparent or basic white vases.
Staff are also told to responded to messages of condolences by saying “Thank you for your condolences” or “It is a hard time for all of us”.
A spokesman for Chanel has said “his wishes will be respected” and there would be a private ceremony.
Lagerfeld’s health had been failing for several weeks before he died and there was widespread concern when he did not appear at the end of the recent Chanel Show in Paris.
He was dubbed the “Kaiser of Fashion” for presiding over iconic fashion house Chanel for more than 30 years.
The superstar designer produced as many as eight collections a year to the joy of fashion editors, fans and collectors.
Lagerfeld was born into a wealthy German family in Hamburg on September 10, 1933, moving to Paris in 1953 to follow his dream of a career in fashion.
In later life he claimed he fell in love with the fashion industry when his mum took him to a Dior show in 1949.
He quickly made a name for himself but made his biggest career move in 1983 when Chanel made him creative director.
He is credited with making the label more modern and appealing to a younger audience with a range of exciting new colours, modified cuts and other fabrics.
Over the years, Lagerfeld’s own signature look also became iconic – a black suit with his white hair pushed into a ponytail, fingerless gloves and dark glasses.
His mother, Elizabeth, was a lingerie saleswoman while his father, Otto, was a businessman, and both encouraged him to pursue his love of clothes.
He was hired as the personal assistant to legendary French fashion designer Pierre Balmain while in his early 20s, and then produced his first haute couture collection in the late 1950s.
It was in the 1960s that international superstars such as the English actress Elizabeth Taylor began wearing his work.
Other massive fans have included Madonna, Kylie Minogue and Royals including the late Princess Diana.
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