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Update, 21/4: Karl Lagerfeld is not stepping down from his role as creative director at Chanel, despitereports to the contrary.

Rumours began circulating after Page Six reported that the 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 rumours about Mr Lagerfeld discontinuing the collections and the cruise collection show in Cuba being the last are unsubstantiated,” a Chanel spokesperson told us this morning.

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 yesterday.

From: Harper’s BAZAAR UK

Is Karl Lagerfeld Retiring?
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Original, 20/4: Karl Lagerfeld could be retiring after Chanel’s cruise show in Cuba in May, Page Six reports. The 83-year-old designer, who is creative director of Chanel and Fendi in addition to an eponymous line, is reportedly “really tired,” a friend told Page Six. “He’s not doing well and he’s ready to stop.”

Lagefeld has helmed Chanel since 1983 and Fendi since 1965. In 2012 he told the press he’ll retire when he dies: “”If I do [retire], I’ll die and it’ll all be finished … I can do what I want in all kinds of areas. The expenses are not expenses. I would be stupid to stop that. Work is making a living out of being bored.”

From: Harper’s BAZAAR US