Ines de la Fressange: the French model was signed exclusively to Chanel in 1983, and her resemblance to its founder made her the ideal canvas for Lagerfeld to realise his developing vision for the brand.
After a nasty falling out in 1989, the pair didn't speak until they reconciled in 2011. Subsequently, de la Fressange made a number of runway and front-row appearances at Chanel up till Lagerfeld's death.
Amanda Sanchez: in 2001, Sanchez became Chanel's in-house fit model, and began walking regularly for the house a few seasons later. She is pictured here at Chanel's SS03 Haute Couture show.
Until Lagerfeld's passing, Sanchez served as the first gateway between one of his sketches and a 3D sample, and capped off a record number of Chanel catwalk appearances at its SS19 Haute Couture show.
Claudia Schiffer: post-de la Fressange, Lagerfeld seemed — by choice — to lack a definitive muse. Schiffer came close, however, with several seasons as Chanel's Couture bride and multiple campaigns for the house under her belt.
The duo courted criticism in 2009 with an "I don't know her" moment involving fellow German Heidi Klum; the backlash against their snobbery marked the decline of the traditional divide between 'sexy' and 'fashion' models.
Amanda Harlech (far left, in 1997): formerly John Galliano's muse in his pre-Dior phase, Harlech began consulting for Lagerfeld in 1996. They became inseparable, with Harlech aiding Lagerfeld at both Fendi and Chanel until his death.
The exact nature of Harlech's role has always been a subject of curiosity, but documentaries including 7 Days Out, Signé Chanel, Lagerfeld Confidential and Fendi: The Day Before make clear her essential presence as Lagerfeld whisperer.
Diane Kruger: she may have fronted campaigns for Chanel's Allure fragrance during the late 90s, but Kruger only grew closer to Lagerfeld as his neighbour in Paris years later. Here, she wears Chanel at the Cannes premiere of Troy in 2004.
Last week, Kruger shared that Lagerfeld passed on just before her arrival in Paris for a visit, where she intended to introduce him to her newborn child. She later led a tribute to him at the César Awards, the Oscars' French equivalent.
Vanessa Paradis: in 1991, the then 17 year-old French singer and actress became a Chanel spokesperson. She remained a fixture on Chanel's front row, and has frequently performed at the brand's afterparties. Here, she is pictured at Chanel's SS92 show.
Just as young women of high society used to dress at the same couture house as their mothers, so too has Lily Rose Depp, Paradis's daughter with Johnny Depp, developed a close relationship with Lagerfeld and Chanel, eventually becoming a brand ambassador.