Update (20/04): Despite reports yesterday that Karl Lagerfeld was set to retire after the Chanel Cruise show in May, the house has confirmed that there's no substance to the rumours.
"The rumours about Mr Lagerfeld discontinuing the collections and the cruise collection show in Cuba being his last are unsubstantiated," a Chanel spokesperson told Harper's Bazaar UK today.
Just yesterday, Karl was pictured on set with Kendall Jenner.
After starting with Chanel in 1983, and also working as the Creative Director for Fendi for 50 years, Karl has long been vocal about his desire to continue working for as long as is humanly possible, and is rumoured to have a whole-life contract with Chanel. Thankfully, it looks like we've got a few more years with King Karl yet. - Maddison Glendinning
Original article (19/04): 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."
Lagerfeld 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."
With just under three weeks until the show, we don't have long to wait to find out if the rumours are true.
Via Harper's Bazaar US