Karl Lagerfeld — a titan of the fashion industry who never shied away from weighing in on politics and style — has died. The Chanel creative director died Tuesday at 85 in Paris, according to the fashion house.

The German-born designer — known for his signature dark sunglasses and fingerless gloves — started as Chanel’s creative director in 1983, having previously worked at Fendi.


Melania TrumpMelania TrumpTrump introduces Mariano Rivera for Medal of Freedom ceremony with Metallica's 'Enter Sandman' Trump awards Yankees legend Mariano Rivera the Medal of Freedom The Hill's Morning Report - Trump takes 2020 roadshow to New Mexico MORE picked a Lagerfeld outfit for a 2017 news conference at the White House alongside Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Trump wore a white cashmere jacket and skirt, reportedly designed exclusively for her by Lagerfeld, for the occasion.

The first lady again turned to Lagerfeld for the first state dinner of President TrumpDonald John TrumpJimmy Carter: 'I hope there's an age limit' on presidency White House fires DHS general counsel: report Trump to cap California trip with visit to the border MORE’s administration, making headlines in a silver Chanel haute couture dress last year while welcoming French President Emmanuel Macron.

Melania Trump lamented Lagerfeld's death in a tweet late Tuesday morning.

"Today the world lost a creative genius. We will miss you Karl!" she tweeted, alongside a photo of the two together and a sketch of Lagerfeld's design for her.

Lagerfeld appeared to support then-Democratic White House hopeful Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonGOP struggles with retirement wave Overnight Energy: Trump to revoke California's tailpipe waiver | Democrats propose bill to revoke Trump endangered species rollback | Trump officials finalize rule allowing fewer inspectors at pork plants Mark Mellman: The most important moment in history? MORE ahead of the 2016 presidential election, telling the Associated Press in March of that year, “I think with the first black president, what they need now is the first woman president. That has to change, too.”

In 2013, Lagerfeld made headlines when he offered up his opinion on a hairy issue: Michelle ObamaMichelle LeVaughn Robinson ObamaTrump: House Judiciary should investigate Obama Netflix deal instead of his business 2020 is not a family affair, for a change Former speechwriter says Michelle Obama came up with 'when they go low we go high' line MORE’s bangs. The then-first lady had recently gotten a haircut and Lagerfeld told a French TV show: “The bangs are not a good idea. It’s no good.” 

Lagerfeld later dubbed himself a “great admirer” of Obama, saying, “I just prefer her without bangs because it doesn’t cover her face.”

In 2017, Lagerfeld told CNBC's Tania Bryer that he didn't stress over his fashion legacy: "What for? I will not be around for that, so who cares?" he quipped.

"I laugh about myself," Lagerfeld said. "I am my best cartoon."

— Updated 11:36 a.m.