Karl Lagerfeld, a fashion colossus whose prolific talent, self-awareness, playful embrace of modern media (and appetite for occasional controversy) defied the ravages of an industry with an increasingly revolving-door policy when it comes to its head designers, has passed away today, at the age of 85.

One of fashion’s most revered creatives, he leaves a heavily-coiffured, near-mythological hole in the beating heart of an industry that will not only mourn a million iconic fashion moments (not least his own - his trademark silver ponytail, black suit and fingerless leather gloves have long been some of Pinterest’s favorite fancy dress fodder) but also a game-changer admirably adept at brand spin. Tracking back, from catapulting Chanel to brand stardom to inaugurating the now-ubiquitous ‘masstige’ collaborative model with his partnership with H&M, Lagerfeld was a disrupter far before the term was co-opted by Silicon Valley startups .

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