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Karl Lagerfeld Dies at 85–See His Most Iconic Hair Moments

Low white pony, fingerless gloves and pristine collars could only mean one thing: icon Karl Largerfeld was in the room. The infamous designer and creative director gave the fashion world more than they could’ve bargained for since he started his tenure as Pierre Balmain’s assistant in 1955. Sadly, the legendary artist passed away today at the age of 85, but his legacy will live on forever via vintage Chanel offerings and his inimitable personal style, white hair included. Below–a look at Karl Lagerfeld’s most notable mane moments.

Karl Lagerfeld: The Icon

 

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Clean Cut

As his reputation as a prolific couturier grew, so did the prestige of his appointments. His next notable career move was in 1964 for the fashion house Chloé. The next year he started working with the famed Fendi family designing accessories, furs and clothing. It wasn’t until 1983 that he would land his most famous position, helming the then-flailing house of Chanel and bringing it back to international acclaim.

No matter what step he was embarking on in his career, he always succeeded at looking the part. In his earlier days, the German native sported a clean, short cut with his naturally brunette hair. As the fashion world took a stronger grip on him, he forwent clean cuts for longer styles.

 

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No matter what step he was embarking on in his career, he always succeeded at looking the part. In his earlier days, the German native sported a clean, short cut with his naturally brunette hair. As the fashion world took a stronger grip on him, he forwent clean cuts for longer styles.

’70s Low Pony

In an infamous interview for M, Karl was quoted saying that he started sporting a low ponytail in 1976. In the same interview, he also confessed that he wasn’t one for hair styling products but he did use dry shampoo. Klorane was his brand of choice.

 

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Glimpse of Gray

In 1995 his hair turned an ashier grey color and Karl was having none of it. His dry shampoo habit got kicked up a notch and his affinity for a fully white pony was born.

 

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The Infamous Low White Pony

The now infamous low, white ponytail was the style he passed away sporting. The fashion world will forever celebrate his insurmountable contributions and mourn his loss for years to come.

 

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Here’s to you Mr. Lagereld.

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