Karl Lagerfeld Turns 79: Chanel Designer's Many Celebrity Muses (GALLERY)

Happy Birthday Karl Lagerfeld!
Blake Lively

Happy birthday to Chanel fashion designer, Karl Lagerfeld, who turns 79 on Sept. 10.

Though the German-born designer is known for his iconic look -- a white pompadour, black sunglasses, black motorcycle gloves and a white starched collared shirt -- he's also rarely seen without another important accessory:  Hollywood's latest "it" girl.

Over the years, everyone from Kate Moss to Vanessa Paradis and Jessica Simpson have joined Lagerfeld's couture cult.

And as the designer gets older, his groupies only seem to get younger...

Despite a nearly 40-year age gap, celebs like Rachel Bilson, Blake Lively, Alexa Chung and Lindsay Lohan have all been part of the eccentric designer's possé at one time or another.

For an up-and-coming star, a friendship with Karl can instantly catapult a model or actress to "it" girl status, not to mention score her a wardrobe full of Chanel. And perhaps for the 79-year-old designer, surrounding himself with beautiful young women keeps him feeling youthful. And hey, who can blame the man?

So in honor of Lagerfeld's 79th birthday, check out our gallery of the Chanel designers many celebrity muses.

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