Don't Panic, Karl Lagerfeld Isn't Retiring Yet

Contrary the recent gossip, the Chanel creative director is not going anywhere

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Karl Lagerfeld is not stepping down from his role as creative director at Chanel, despite reports to the contrary yesterday. 

Rumours began circulating after Page Six reported that the 83 year-old designer was "not doing well" and was "ready to stop", claiming that the forthcoming cruise show in Cuba would be his last for the French fashion house.

"The rumors about Mr Lagerfeld discontinuing the collections and the cruise collection show in Cuba being the last are unsubstantiated," a Chanel spokesperson told us.

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Lagerfeld was hired to breathe new life into Chanel in 1983 and has also acted as the creative director at Fendi for more than 50 years.

He has previously said in interviews that he will never retire ("Why would I stop working? I would die"), and it's believed that he has a whole-life contract with Chanel. A keen film-maker and photographer – he famously shoots all his own fashion campaign – Lagerfeld shows no sign of slowing down, and was photographed on set with Kendall Jenner just the other day.

This article was written by Sarah Karmali and first appeared on HarpersBazaar.co.uk

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