UPDATED: 35 Touching Tributes to Karl Lagerfeld From the World of Fashion

by The Daily Front Row

In the wake of Karl Lagerfeld’s passing this morning, members of the fashion industry have shared their condolences — and their memories — of the dearly departed designer. The Daily has rounded up some of the most touching tributes from Lagerfeld’s friends and admirers.

1. Cara Delevingne


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Every time I try and write about this man, all i do is cry. He changed my life, he believed in me when so many others didn’t including myself. He also introduced me to some of the most important and special people in my life. He is a visionary, a genius but more than that…. a dear friend. Outside of fashion, he was one of the most interesting and caring men I have ever met. I am so lucky and grateful to have had him in my life, worked with him and been able to spend time with him…. Although now, I wish it had been more. His legacy will live on forever. I miss you more than I could ever try and describe. I wish I had been able to tell you how much you meant to me. I love you @karllagerfeld all I can say is thank for the bottom of my heart 💔💔💔

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2. Donatella Versace

3. Grace Coddington


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4. Christy Turlington


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Adieu to the Kaiser. Karl loved taking pictures, often in the wee hours and in his home after feeding us all and entertaining us with his stories and the antiquities and artifacts he surrounded himself with. He was incredibly generous in every way. Whether hecwas sending you flowers with a hand written note welcoming you back to Paris every season, or insisting you go downstairs for a shopping spree on Rue Cambon after a fitting on your way out, or giving you the book about the Ballets Russes off his library shelf he caught you admiring in between shots. Karl didn’t miss a thing. He always called me “Miss Turlington” and that made me feel respected and at ease in his company. I hoped to see him one last time when I attended his recent Metiers d’art at The Met in NYC but I never got close enough to say hello or goodbye. I am grateful for so many memories and images with and by this inimitable legend and human. 📷 @karllagerfeld

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5. Amber Valletta

6. Claudia Schiffer

7. Valentino Garavani

8. CR Studio

9. Grace Elizabeth

10. Olivier Rousteing

11. Dee Ocleppo

12. Lara Stone


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13. Hamish Bowles

14. V Magazine

15. Pat Cleveland

16. Linda Evangelista

17. Lily-Rose Depp


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Cher Karl, que dire pour exprimer à quel point vous allez nous manquer. The world will never know another force like you. My heart is so heavy today, but so full of gratitude for all that you have taught and done for me. Your kindness, humour, and loyalty will live on in the hearts of those who knew you and your genius will live on forever. I feel so lucky to have been able to work with you so closely, but even luckier to have known your heart and incredible spirit. I will hold every moment spent with you so dear. Words can’t express how much your belief in me has impacted every aspect of my life; it is a gift I could never thank you enough for. You truly made my dreams come true. Thinking of my Chanel family today and all those who knew and loved Karl ❤️ Karl, on vous aime. Merci, merci, merci. Vous êtes éternel.

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18. Naomi Campbell

19. Cindy Crawford


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@karllagerfeld your incredible talent and joie de vivre will be missed by all of us who love fashion and you 💔

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20. Gigi Hadid


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Karl, I will miss your indescribable presence, watching your calm, quiet, genius mind working, your little jokes, amazing stories, and experiencing the clothes, sets, and productions only you could dream up. Thank you for believing in me and for the beautiful, incredible opportunities you brought to my career, but mostly, thank you for giving me the honor of knowing the magic behind the myth. There will never be another Karl Lagerfeld. I am overwhelmed with sadness today, but also with so much love, admiration, and gratitude for you. To all his beloved friends and colleagues, and his favorite girl Choupette🐾, my heart is with you. ❤️ Rest In Peace King Karl. I didn’t want this day to come. 💔

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21. Bella Hadid

22. Marc Jacobs

23. Riccardo Tisci

24. Carine Roitfeld


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25. Ellen von Unwerth


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Devastating news! But @karllagerfeld will live forever. 🖤 Here with @katemossagency at one of his amazing shows.

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26. Vivienne Westwood

27. Jeremy Scott

28. Carlyne Cerf de Dudzeele

29. Tim Blanks


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We grew old together

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30. Derek Blasberg

31. Clare Waight Keller

32. Suzy Menkes

33. Kim Jones


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Total respect Rest in Peace

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34. Winnie Harlow


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After my first campaign you were asked on French television what you thought of me and you said you would have to meet me to truly know. I sent the interview to my French girl friend to translate and was elated you knew of my existence. Years later during fashion week in Paris you and your family walked into the restaurant my team and i were in and sat at the table next to us. All i could do was stare as this legend was sitting an arm stretch away. I got up and walked passed your table only to go to the bathroom and check my hair before strutting to your table and introducing myself. You told me you knew who i was and that the grace i walked with reminded you of a young Naomi Campbell. Wow.. those words will ring in my head forever. I’m happy i got to know what you thought of me. You’re greatly missed. I’m honoured to have ever been in your presence. Sending my love to the Lagerfeld family, you’re in my prayers 🙏🏽💔

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35. Laura Brown

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