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Karl Lagerfeld is remembered fondly at his final Fendi show

USA TODAY logo USA TODAY 22/02/2019 Carly Mallenbaum
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The Fendi show on Thursday went on without Karl Lagerfeld, who died two days prior to the event. However, the celebrated fashion icon was a huge part of the show.

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Lagerfeld, who died in Paris at about the age of 85, was creative director for the fashion house for decades. The Fendi fall/winter fashion show became his swan song, with his khaki colors, starched collars and double-breasted jackets worn by models including Gigi Hadid, Cara Delevingne and Kaia Gerber, all of whom have mourned the loss of Lagerfeld on social media this week.

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Lagerfeld's touch was also seen above the models, where the words "Love, Karl," scribbled in the designer's handwriting, were at the start of the runway. A video was shown of Lagerfeld drawing a portrait of himself in 1965, when he first started working at Fendi.

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Guests were given cards that had a heart in the Fendi logo on the front, and the date of Lagerfeld's death embossed on the back

a person in a yellow dress: Model Gigi Hadid presents a creation during the Fendi women's Fall/Winter 2019/2020 collection fashion show, on February 21, 2019 in Milan. (Photo by Miguel MEDINA / AFP)MIGUEL MEDINA/AFP/Getty Images ORIG FILE ID: AFP_1DP2GR © Provided by USA TODAY, a division of Gannett Satellite Information Network, Inc. Model Gigi Hadid presents a creation during the Fendi women's Fall/Winter 2019/2020 collection fashion show, on February 21, 2019 in Milan. (Photo by Miguel MEDINA / AFP)MIGUEL MEDINA/AFP/Getty Images ORIG FILE ID: AFP_1DP2GR

In the show notes, Silvia Venturini Fendi, the granddaughter of the brand's founders, paid tribute to Lagerfeld:

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“The bond between Karl Lagerfeld and FENDI is fashion’s longest love story, one that will continue to touch our lives for years to come. I am profoundly saddened by his passing and deeply touched by his constant care and perseverance until the very end. When we called just a few days before the show, his only thoughts were on the richness and beauty of the Collection. It’s a true testament to his character. He shall be so missed.”

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