Fashion legend Carla Fendi dies aged 79

Italian fashion legend Carla Fendi has died at the age of 79. The designer, who along with sisters Paola, Anna, Franca and Alda transformed her parents' small leather shop in Rome, into a global fashion brand passed away in the Italian capital on Monday (June 19) following a long illness. The Fendi company confirmed the news in a statement on Tuesday (June 20), with a representative releasing a statement on behalf of the family. The statement paid tribute to a woman who "was for all of us a source of inspiration and an example of dedication, work culture and sensibility for beauty. "She will accompany us forever." The company later shared a picture of Fendi on social media, saying the loss of its former president "deeply affects us all". Credited withe mastermind to the company's commercial and marketing strategies ) The brand is popular with plenty of celebs such as Cara Delevigne, Rihanna and our favourite fictional Mean Girl, Regina George (who has two Fendi purses and a silver Lexus). According to Associate Press, Fendi's funeral will take place be Thursday at the Chiesa degli Artisti in Piazza del Popolo in Rome. More stories: Ryan Philippe ‘proud’ to have played US daytime TV’s first ever gay teen See inside the Chechen prison where gay men were allegedly beaten and tortured – WATCH