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Iconic couturier Karl Lagerfeld has died

PARIS (AP) — Chanel’s iconic couturier, Karl Lagerfeld, whose accomplished designs as well as trademark white ponytail, high starched collars and dark enigmatic glasses dominated high fashion for the last 50 years, has died. He was around 85 years old.

Such was the enigma surrounding the German-born designer that even his age was a point of mystery for decades, with reports he had two birth certificates, one dated 1933 and the other 1938.

Chanel said Lagerfeld died early Wednesday.

Lagerfeld was of the most hardworking figures in the fashion world holding down the top design jobs at LVMH-owned luxury label Fendi from 1977, and Paris’ family-owned power-house Chanel in 1983.

Lagerfeld’s designs quickly trickled down to low-end retailers, giving him an almost unprecedented impact on the entire fashion industry.

Design Guild to honor Carter, Glenn Close

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Oscar nominees Glenn Close and “Black Panther” costume designer Ruth E. Carter will be honored tonight at the 21st annual Costume Designers Guild Awards.

Close will receive the spotlight award at the ceremony tonight at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California. The guild will pay homage to Carter’s illustrious designs with a career achievement award .

Costume designer Betty Pecha Madden and screenwriter-director Ryan Murphy will be recognized for their work in film.

Actress Kate Walsh will host the awards.

Close is nominated for a best actress Oscar for “The Wife.” Carter could become the first African-American to win an Oscar for best costume designer for her work in “Black Panther.”

Halle Berry, Michael Chiklis, Danai Gurira and Christina Hendricks are expected to serve as presenters.

Griffin, prolific military novelist, dead

NEW YORK (AP) — W.E.B. Griffin, the prolific and best-selling author of military novels, has died at age 89.

Griffin, whose real name was William E. Butterworth III, died Feb. 12. His death was confirmed Monday by his publisher, Putnam, which did not immediately provide additional details.

Himself a military veteran who enlisted in the Army when he was just shy of 17 and later served in the Korean War, he wrote more than 200 books under W.E.B. Griffin and various other names and sold millions of copies.

His many popular series included “Badge of Honor,” ”Clandestine Operations” and “Presidential Agent.” More than 20 novels, including the upcoming “The Attack,” were written with his son, William E. Butterworth IV. Under his own name, he helped write several sequels in the 1970s to the Richard Hooker novel “M(asterisk)A(asterisk)S(asterisk)H,” the basis for the hit movie and television show about a U.S. medical unit in Korea.

A Newark, New Jersey native, Griffin started using other names on for his books in the 1960s because he worried that libraries wouldn’t accept multiple works by the same author in a given year. His pen names included Alex Baldwin, Webb Beech and Walter E. Blake. He thought of Griffin as a pen name in the 1980s, noting on his web site that Griffin was “the mythical creature with the wings of an eagle and the loins of a lion . which of course is how most colonels think of themselves.”

Griffin’s wife, the dancer and author, Emma Macalik Butterworth, died in 2003. He is survived by four children.