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Chanel muse Diane Kruger leads celebrity tributes to Karl Lagerfeld as he passes away aged 85... and laments him never meeting her baby daughter

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Karl Lagerfeld and Diane Kruger attend(s) KARL LAGERFELD To Be Honored by FIT'S Couture Council Presented by DIANE KRUGER & Sponsored by QUINTESSENTIALLY at Avery Fisher Hall in Lincoln Center on September 10th, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Nick Hunt/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images) © Getty Karl Lagerfeld and Diane Kruger attend(s) KARL LAGERFELD To Be Honored by FIT'S Couture Council Presented by DIANE KRUGER & Sponsored by QUINTESSENTIALLY at Avery Fisher Hall in Lincoln Center on September 10th, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Nick Hunt/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)

Chanel muse Diane Kruger has led the stars paying tribute to late designer Karl Lagerfeld after it was revealed he passed away on Tuesday aged 85.

In a heartbreaking post, she revealed she was bringing her four-month-old daughter to meet him in France yet admitted 'I was too late'.

FRANCE - JANUARY 23:  Celebrities At Chanel Haute Couture Spring-Summer 2008 Fashion Show In Paris, France On January 23, 2008 - Karl Lagerfeld and Diane Kruger.  (Photo by Serge BENHAMOU/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images) © Getty FRANCE - JANUARY 23: Celebrities At Chanel Haute Couture Spring-Summer 2008 Fashion Show In Paris, France On January 23, 2008 - Karl Lagerfeld and Diane Kruger. (Photo by Serge BENHAMOU/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)

Iconic fashion designer Karl died in Paris, Chanel sources have confirmed. The artistic director for Chanel had looked increasingly frail in recent seasons, and had reportedly suffered ill health in recent weeks.

a man wearing a suit and tie: Heartache: Chanel muse Diane Kruger has led the stars paying tribute to late designer Karl Lagerfeld after it was revealed he passed away on Tuesday aged 85 © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Heartache: Chanel muse Diane Kruger has led the stars paying tribute to late designer Karl Lagerfeld after it was revealed he passed away on Tuesday aged 85

In Diane's tribute to the star, she revealed she was set to fly to France this week to introduce Karl to her daughter, as she penned: 'Karl.....I cannot tell you how much you meant to me and how much I will miss you...

'I will never forget your kindness towards me, your laughs, your imagination. I came to France see you this week and introduce you to my daughter...I’m heartbroken I was too late. Rest In Peace, I adore you'.

Karl Lagerfeld, Diane Kruger and Denys Arcand (Photo by Daniele Venturelli/WireImage) © Getty Karl Lagerfeld, Diane Kruger and Denys Arcand (Photo by Daniele Venturelli/WireImage)

Alexa Chung, another close ally to Chanel shared a cheeky tribute in which she penned: 'Rest in peace, Karl. I remember being so scared to interview you and yet you were in fact incredibly witty and generous...

'Thank you for inviting me to some of the most glamorous experiences of my life, it was an honour to know you. Oh yeah and thanks for the dry shampoo tip, will always think of you as I powder my wig.'

Karl Lagerfeld sitting at a table with wine glasses: Way back when: In Diane's tribute to the star, she revealed she was set to fly to France this week to introduce Karl to her daughter (Diane and Karl, pictured in Miami in 2008) © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Way back when: In Diane's tribute to the star, she revealed she was set to fly to France this week to introduce Karl to her daughter (Diane and Karl, pictured in Miami in 2008)

Victoria Beckham wrote: 'So incredibly sad to hear this. Karl was a genius and always so kind and generous to me both personally and professionally. RIP'. 

Karl Lagerfeld (L) and Victoria Beckham arrive at the 65th Bambi award ceremony at the Stage Theater in Berlin, Germany, 14 November 2013. The Burda media prize is awarded in 17 categories at the Stage Theater in Berlin on 14 November 2013. Photo: Britta Pedersen/dpa | usage worldwide   (Photo by Britta Pedersen/picture alliance via Getty Images) © Getty Karl Lagerfeld (L) and Victoria Beckham arrive at the 65th Bambi award ceremony at the Stage Theater in Berlin, Germany, 14 November 2013. The Burda media prize is awarded in 17 categories at the Stage Theater in Berlin on 14 November 2013. Photo: Britta Pedersen/dpa | usage worldwide (Photo by Britta Pedersen/picture alliance via Getty Images)

Lily Allen, who spoke in her autobiography about their friendship, wrote: 'You made me feel like a princess...

'I never quite understood what you saw in me but I am forever grateful for the support that you and Chanel have given me over the last 15 years. Rest In Peace Karl, you were a true genius and will be missed, so much.' 

Karl Lagerfeld, Lily Allen are posing for a picture: Close pal: Lily Allen, who spoke in her autobiography about their friendship, wrote: 'You made me feel like a princess' © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Close pal: Lily Allen, who spoke in her autobiography about their friendship, wrote: 'You made me feel like a princess'

For the first time in decades Lagerfeld did not come out to take a bow at the Chanel's couture show in Paris in January, something the company attributed to him being tired.

As well as his decades of unforgettable designs, Lagerfeld was also famous for his acid tongue. After the 2011 Royal Wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, he said Kate has a 'nice silhouette', but that sister Pippa Middleton 'struggles'.

Alexa Chung, Karl Lagerfeld are posing for a picture: Beloved friend: Alexa Chung, another close ally to Chanel shared a cheeky tribute in which she penned: 'Rest in peace, Karl. I remember being so scared to interview you and yet you were in fact incredibly witty and generous' © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Beloved friend: Alexa Chung, another close ally to Chanel shared a cheeky tribute in which she penned: 'Rest in peace, Karl. I remember being so scared to interview you and yet you were in fact incredibly witty and generous'

'I don't like the sister's face. She should only show her back.'

When offering his thoughts on Russia he said: 'If I was a woman in Russia I would be a lesbian, as the men are very ugly.' 

Lagerfeld - dubbed 'Kaiser Karl' and 'Fashion Meister' - was worshiped like a god in fashion circles around the world up until his death.

Karl Lagerfeld wearing a suit and tie: Gone but not forgotten: Iconic fashion designer Karl died in Paris, Chanel sources have confirmed. The artistic director for Chanel had looked increasingly frail in recent seasons, and had reportedly suffered ill health in recent weeks © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Gone but not forgotten: Iconic fashion designer Karl died in Paris, Chanel sources have confirmed. The artistic director for Chanel had looked increasingly frail in recent seasons, and had reportedly suffered ill health in recent weeks

The Hamburg-born son of a German mother and Swedish father, left his home country for France and the capital of fashion - Paris - in his early 20s and is best known for his association with Chanel, dating back to 1983.

But Lagerfeld, who simultaneously churned out collections for LVMH's Fendi and his eponymous label - an unheard of feat in fashion - was also brand in his own right.

Sporting dark suits, white, pony-tailed hair and tinted sunglasses in his later years that made him instantly recognisable, even outside the court of haute couture.

The designer mingled with the young and trendy until the last, pairing up with 17-year-old catwalk darling Kaia Gerber, daughter of Cindy Crawford, for a collaboration released by his Karl Lagerfeld brand in 2018.

His cat Choupette moved with the times too: the white-haired Birman, described by her social network minders as 'daughter of Karl Otto Lagerfeld', has more than 100,000 Instagram photo-network followers and a publishing deal.

Gallery: Karl Lagerfeld's most famous quotes (Photo Services)


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