The Latest: German minister laments death of Lagerfeld

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PARIS (AP) — The Latest on the death of fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld (all times local):

3:05 p.m.

Chanel brand ambassador Diane Kruger has posted an emotional tribute to Karl Lagerfeld, who died Tuesday.

The German actress chosen as a beauty ambassador promoting Chanel’s cosmetic range said she had come to France this week to introduce her daughter to Lagerfeld.

“Karl…..I cannot tell you how much you meant to me and how much I will miss you,” she said. “I will never forget your kindness towards me, your laughs, your imagination.”

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She said she was heartbroken she didn’t get to France in time to see Lagerfeld and introduce her daughter before it was too late.

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2:50 p.m.

Italian designer Donatella Versace has thanked Karl Lagerfeld for the way he influenced her work and that of her late brother Gianni Versace.

“Karl your genius touched the lives of so many, especially Gianni and I,” she said Tuesday. “We will never forget your incredible talent and endless inspiration. We were always learning from you.”

Versace tweeted a black-and-white photo of herself with Lagerfeld, who was wearing his signature ponytail and dark glasses.

Lagerfeld died Tuesday.

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2:45 p.m.

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Former top model Carla Bruni has thanked Karl Lagerfeld for the “sparkles,” ”beauty and lightness” he brought into “such a heavy world.”

Lagerfeld died Tuesday, the Chanel fashion house said.

In a message posted on her Instagram account accompanied by a picture of her and Lagerfeld, Bruni said “the whole world and I will miss you.”

Bruni had kept ties with Lagerfeld after she retired from modeling to embrace a successful singing career. She is now married to former French president Nicolas Sarkozy.

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2:35 p.m.

Designer and former Spice Girl Victoria Beckham says she is “so incredibly sad” about Karl Lagerfeld’s death.

She tweeted the symbol for a broken heart and said, “Karl was a genius and always so kind and generous to me both personally and professionally. RIP.”

Beckham showed her new collection at London Fashion Week Sunday.

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2:35 p.m.

Germany’s economy minister is lamenting the passing of fashion icon Karl Lagerfeld.

Speaking Tuesday after meeting with his French counterpart in Berlin, Peter Altmaier said they had learned “the sad news that Karl Lagerfeld has died,” noting his celebrity status in Germany and France.

Lagerfeld was born in the northern German city of Hamburg, but moved to Paris as a young man where he became a designer for some of the world’s leading fashion companies.

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2:30 p.m.

The editor-in-chief of British Vogue has hailed Karl Lagerfeld’s strong influence on other designers during his many years as a fashion leader.

“I am deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Karl Lagerfeld,” Edward Enninful said Tuesday, on the final day of London Fashion Week.

“He has exerted an incredible influence over the fashion industry over the past six decades, and it goes without saying that the world has lost one of the greatest designers in the history of fashion. But it has also lost one of its greatest teachers.”

Chanel announced that Lagerfeld died early Tuesday.

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2:15 p.m.

Paris mayor Anne Hidalgo has expressed her sadness at the death of Karl Lagerfeld, calling him a genius whose art gave color and shape to love.

Hidalgo says on Twitter Lagerfeld was a “great artist and a friend with a rare sensibility who his whole life accompanied women in their freedom and empowerment.”

“He was Paris,” she wrote. Lagerfeld died Tuesday.

She recalled his kindness and generosity and expressed her friendship to the employees of the Chanel house.

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2 p.m.

Bernard Arnault, the chairman and CEO of luxury house LVMH, says the world has lost “a creative genius” with the death of Karl Lagerfeld.

In a statement released by LVMH, Arnault says “we owe him a great deal: his taste and talent were the most exceptional I have ever known.”

Lagerfeld, Chanel’s iconic couturier, died on Tuesday.

“I will always remember his immense imagination, his ability to conceive new trends for every season, his inexhaustible energy, the virtuosity of his drawings, his carefully guarded independence, his encyclopedic culture, and his unique wit and eloquence,” Arnault said.

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1:20 p.m.

Chanel’s iconic couturier, Karl Lagerfeld, whose accomplished designs as well as trademark white ponytail, high starched collars and dark enigmatic glasses dominated high fashion for the last 50 years, has died. He was around 85 years old.

Such was the enigma surrounding the German-born designer that even his age was a point of mystery for decades, with reports he had two birth certificates, one dated 1933 and the other 1938.

Chanel said Lagerfeld died early Tuesday.

Lagerfeld was of the most hardworking figures in the fashion world holding down the top design jobs at LVMH-owned luxury label Fendi from 1977, and Paris’ family-owned power-house Chanel in 1983.

Lagerfeld’s designs quickly trickled down to low-end retailers, giving him an almost unprecedented impact on the entire fashion industry.

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