Globally popular German haute couture icon Karl Lagerfeld, who was associated with luxury fashion brands Chanel and Fendi, was cremated in France on Friday. Karl, who died at the age of 85 on Tuesday, was battling pancreatic cancer. Karl had said he wished to have his body cremated and to eschew a funeral service. Mourners included Karl’s longtime friends Vogue’s editor-in-chief Anna Wintour and Princess Caroline of Monaco.
He was cremated in Nanterre, west of Paris, in the presence of Virginie Viard, who succeeds him as creative director at Chanel, Princess Caroline of Monaco and Bernard Arnault, head of the luxury group LVMH. Amanda Harlech, a creative consultant known as being Karl’s right-hand woman and close friend, was seen wearing a black netted veil and black wool coat.
One of Karl’s favourite models, Brad Kroenig, also paid his respects with his family. Karl was extremely close to Brad, and was the Godfather to his oldest son, Hudson, who regularly joined him at the end of the Chanel shows.
Monaco’s Princess Caroline attended the funeral with her daughter Charlotte Casiraghi, who regularly attends Chanel shows.
Karl had begun his career with the fashion house in 1983, a decade after Coco Chanel died. He was known for a distinctive look in his later years, regularly wearing dark suits, a pony-tail and sunglasses.