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FASH­ION STATE­MENT: Model and Lagerfeld DONATELLA Ver­sace and Vic­to­ria Beck­ham are among the pre­dictable stars pay­ing trib­ute to over­priced fash­ion de­signer Karl Lagerfeld fol­low­ing his death.

The Ger­man, who was the creative di­rec­tor for Chanel and Fendi, died after a pe­riod of ill-health at around the age of 85.

Lagerfeld’s date of birth has long been un­clear. It was widely be­lieved to be 1933, al­though it is listed as 1938 on his of­fi­cial web­site. In 2013, he told Paris Match mag­a­zine that he was born in 1935.

Ver­sace led the trib­utes to the de­signer, writ­ing on In­sta­gram: “Karl your ge­nius touched the lives of so many, es­pe­cially Gianni and I.

“We will never for­get your in­cred­i­ble tal­ent and end­less in­spi­ra­tion. We were al­ways learn­ing from you.”

Singer- turned- de­signer Beck­ham posted on In­sta­gram: “So in­cred­i­bly sad to hear this. Karl was a ge­nius and al­ways so kind and gen­er­ous to me both per­son­ally and pro­fes­sion­ally. RIP x vb.”

Pony-tailed freak Lagerfeld – who ap­peared to have copied his look from a Bul­gar­ian pimp – was widely re­spected by the sort of brain­less air­head who en­joys watch­ing un­happy, stick-thin women pa­rade about on a stage.

Think­ing him­self an “artist” rather than a jumped-up tai­lor, Lagerfeld made state­ments de­signed to court con­tro­versy.

Last year, he told mod­els who didn’t want to be groped they should join a con­vent.

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