Virginie Viard Will Succeed Karl Lagerfeld At Chanel

In its announcement of creative director Karl Lagerfeld\'s passing, the house of Chanel also confirmed, via Instagram, the appointment of Lagerfeld\'s righthand Virginie Viard as his successor.\"Virginie Viard, Director of CHANEL’s Fashion Creation Studio and Karl Lagerfeld’s closest collaborator for more than 30 years, has been entrusted by Alain Wertheimer with the creative work for the collections, so that the legacy of Gabrielle Chanel and Karl Lagerfeld can live on,\" read the official statement.While respected fashion veterans like Phoebe Philo (Celine) and Raf Simons (Calvin Klein) are currently without posts, the choice is not unexpected.As far back as the 1920s, when Gabrielle \'Coco\' Chanel departed from her gamine aesthetic and expanded her French fashion house to adapt a more feminine look, the secretive Wertheimer family has been an integral part of Chanel\'s history. Venture capitalist Pierre Wertheimer helped Chanel build her perfume business, which included Chanel No. 5,