Karl Lagerfeld's death has had the fashion industry in mourning following the news of his passing. The artistic visionary behind Chanel and Fendi was nothing short of a legendary icon, as Lagerfeld’s boundless creativity and meticulous eye saw him sustain Chanel’s prime position in the pinnacle of fashion. Throughout his illustrious career, Karl’s beloved avant-garde designs were synonymous with luxury and opulence, often frequented by some of fashion’s most famous faces. To celebrate the legacy of the undisputed king of fashion, we’ve rounded up 10 surprising facts you might not have known about one of the world’s most prolific designers.
1. He Refused To Admit His Age
The ultimate mystery surrounds Lagerfeld’s real age which has been disputed by several sources. Lagerfeld claims he was born in 1935 while the internet is adamant that the creative genius was in fact born on Sept. 10, 1933. To add to the confusion, Lagerfeld's representative told The Telegraph in 2013 that the designer was born in 1938.
2. He Started Growing His Iconic Ponytail In 1976
Famously known for his trademark black aviator shades and flamboyant white ponytail, 1976 was the year Lagerfeld decided to embark on growing his hair.
3. He Had An Obsession With Diet Coke
Lagerfeld consumed up to 10 cans of Diet Coke on a daily basis. “I drink Diet Coke from the minute I get up to the minute I go to bed. I can even drink it in the middle of the night, and I can sleep. I don't drink coffee, I don't drink tea, I drink nothing else,” he told Harper’s Bazaar.
4. He Carried A Fan Everywhere He Went
5. His Personal Library Consisted Of 300,000 Books Stacked Sideways
Lagerfeld was an avid reader with impressive collection that boasted 300,000 books in his personal library. As for their unusual positioning? Most of the books in his collection were rotated sideways so he didn't have to tilt his head to read the titles.
6. He Was Famously Candid
Karl was never one to hold back as he unapologetically spoke his mind at the best of times. He made plenty of oft controversial remarks throughout his career, including calling Adele “a little too fat” and commenting on Kim Kardashian West’s traumatic Paris robbery.
7. Lagerfeld Was A Talented Photographer
Not only did Karl have an exceptional artistic talent, but he also was a keen photographer who actively shot all of the marketing and media campaigns for each of the brands.
8. He Owned 300 iPods
It’s been said that Lagerfeld had an extensive tech collection which featured 300 iPods, each one programmed with different music. Unsurprisingly, he stored his collection in a custom-made limited-edition Louis Vuitton trunk.
9. Lagerfeld Considered Himself To Be 'Working Class'
Two months prior to his death, Lagerfeld spoke to New York magazine and candidly confessed that he considered himself to be part of the “working class.” He said, “I think I work better now than before. My brain is clearer. And I want to work. I’m working class.”
10. He Lost 42 Kilograms In 13 Months
In 2001, the designer underwent a dramatic body transformation and claimed to have shed 42 kilograms in just 13 months, revealing that he woke up one day and was not happy with his physique. Lagerfeld's unusual diet tips and tricks can be found in his book The Karl Lagerfeld Diet.
This article originally appeared on Marie Claire