Karl Lagerfeld, the Superstar fashion designer, has died at the ripe age of 85 in Paris following a short illness.
The German designer, who was the creative director for Chanel and Fendi, was one of the industry’s most prolific figures and worked up until his death, the BBC reported on Tuesday.
Lagerfeld’s signature ponytail and dark glasses had turned him an instantly recognisable figure around the world.
Rumours of Lagerfeld’s ill health had swirled for several weeks after he missed a number of events – including Chanel’s spring/summer show last month.
He died on Tuesday morning after being admitted to hospital the night before, a French media report said.
As a designer he transformed the fortunes of Chanel, one of the leading names in high fashion, but his work also filtered down to the high street.
Lagerfeld also made headlines for a range of provocative, and sometimes offensive, statements.