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Karl Lagerfeld's Final Public Appearance Before Death

Lagerfeld died in Paris on Tuesday following a short illness, however, recent speculation suggested his health was failing months prior.

As the creative director of fashion houses Chanel, Fendi and his own label called Karl Langerfeld, he was one of the most respected figures in fashion for reinvigorating brands and propelling them to luxury status.

READ MORE: Fashion World Mourns The Loss Of Legendary Design Icon Karl Lagerfeld

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Lagerfeld at the Christmas event in November 2018. Image: Getty Images.

Lagerfeld was last publicly seen in Paris just before Christmas, where he was tasked with turning on the Christmas lights at the Champs-Élysées. He attended the event on November 22, 2018 alongside Paris' Mayor Anne Hidalgo and Bruno Pavlovsky, president of Chanel SAS.

The lights were turned on at 7.15pm, flooding the wide avenue with red hues. The colour had been chosen to coincide with the launch of a special edition Chanel No.5 perfume available for the Christmas season.

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Lagerfeld with Hidalogo in November, 2018. Image: Getty Images.

At the event, Lagerfeld was notably frail-looking. While still sporting his signature white ponytail and dark glasses, Lagerfeld appeared to be a much older version of himself. He moved slowly to the stage where he lit up the city while chatting to children around him.

Concern for Lagerfeld's health escalated when he was absent from Chanel's Spring/Summer Haute Couture fashion show in January 2019.

It was the first time he missed a Chanel show in 36 years. Lagerfeld reportedly missed the event to recover from a bad cold.

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Lagerfeld and Viard at Paris Fashion Week in October 2018. Image: Getty Images.

Regardless of his absence, Lagerfeld's presence was felt through the designs showcased at the Grand Palais In Paris.  Virginie Viard attended the show in his place and will now take over the role as Chanel's creative director.

Plans for how Lagerfeld will be officially remembered have not been revealed.

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