Who took over chanel when karl lagerfeld died?

Viard was his “closest collaborator for more than 30 years”.

The announcement also said that Alain Wertheimer, CEO of Chanel, trusted him with the “creative work” of the collections, so that the legacy of Gabrielle Chanel and Karl Lagerfeld would endure.

Despite all this, succession rumors have spread from time to time as Lagerfeld ages, betting on names like Alber Elbaz, Haider Ackerman and Hedi Slimane, whose work Lagerfeld was famous for sponsoring his personal clothing, losing 90 pounds at one point to fit into Slimane's tight suits. Viard vividly remembers his first Chanel fashion show, an extravagant Karl Lagerfeld haute couture show presented in the late 1980s to which the father of a family friend brought it as a gift.