First Lady Melania Trump recently tweeted a tribute to the late Karl Lagerfeld, following news of his death. Lagerfeld was 85-years-old, and had apparently been in poor health; he had recently missed Chanel's January 22nd spring 2019 haute couture show in Paris because he was "feeling tired".
The First Lady's tweet included a sketch of the dress Lagerfeld had designed for her, and photos of her in the dress. The dress was worn for one of her earliest appearances as First Lady.
Today the world lost a creative genius. We will miss you Karl! #RIPKarlLagerfeld https://t.co/8MMcWqDphE— Melania Trump (@Melania Trump)1550593939.0
Chanel Fashion House released a statement officially announcing Lagerfeld's death.
"It is with deep sadness that the House of Chanel announces the passing of Karl Lagerfeld, the Creative Director for the Chanel Fashion House since 1983."
"An extraordinary creative individual, Karl Lagerfeld reinvented the brand's codes created by Gabrielle Chanel: the Chanel jacket and suit, the little black dress, the precious tweeds, the two-tone shoes, the quilted handbags, the pearls and costume jewelry."
"Regarding Gabrielle Chanel, he said, 'My job is not to do what she did, but what she would have done. The good thing about Chanel is it is an idea you can adapt to many things.'"
@FLOTUS After Saint Laurent etc, now @KarlLagerfeld ! I'm French, and had lived in Paris 9th district... so as lat… https://t.co/qSx2vhu5IB— Lydie Livolsi (@Lydie Livolsi)1550599374.0
@FLOTUS Very sad, quite a Trailblazer he was, praying for his family.— Ken Scott (@Ken Scott)1550675492.0
@FLOTUS God Bless you 🙏🏻 Mister Karl Lagerfeld, You Was the best in the world, you change everything on this live,… https://t.co/1MUuyzzDZC— Prual Stéphanie (@Prual Stéphanie)1550669868.0
@FLOTUS CREATIVE GENIUS UNIQUE MIND WE WILL MISS HIS CREATIVITY.— Soheila Mozzafar (@Soheila Mozzafar)1550597698.0
@FLOTUS Beautiful! A creative genius dressed our gorgeous and amazing First Lady! I enjoyed seeing the sketch. Than… https://t.co/3SXfPiwrQX— Conservative Lady (@Conservative Lady)1550622999.0
@FLOTUS God bless his soul, what a great designer & photographer among his other talents...— John Tampazopoulos (@John Tampazopoulos)1550604786.0
There have been many others posting tributes to the designer as well.
ICONIC Karl Lagerfeld. An Artist. RIP. 😢😢😢😢😢 https://t.co/p5HloqMWWr— SIMONDI Sylvie (@SIMONDI Sylvie)1550684279.0
Rest in peace, Karl. Love forever from your TeamKarl family. #3m360 @karllagerfeld @new_moviepointer https://t.co/7IG6yf1QTj— movie 24 update (@movie 24 update)1550682999.0
G-Dragon pays tribute to fashion legend Karl Lagerfeld https://t.co/DMghJdw6nD https://t.co/S3Jd9ba2I6— allkpop (@allkpop)1550680415.0
Whatever your feelings toward Lagerfeld or the Trumps, it can't be denied that Lagerfeld had a large impact on the fashion world.