Karl Lagerfeld has died at 85, according to reports in France.
The iconic fashion designer, who was the creative director of Chanel, died after a period of ill health that lasted for weeks.
Karl Lagerfeld died on Tuesday, February 19th, French magazine Closer reports.
He had missed two of Chanel’s haute couture shows in Paris on January 22, but the fashion company only said at the time he was feeling tired.
In a statement read out after he missed the second show, it said: “Mr Lagerfeld, artistic director of Chanel, who was feeling tired, asked Virginie Viard, director of the creative studio of the house, to represent him.”
It was the first time he had ever missed giving a catwalk bow at the end of a Chanel show.
Karl has presided over the iconic fashion house, established by Coco Chanel, for more than three decades, producing as much as eight collections a year – to the joy of fashion editors, fans and collectors.
He was best known for his signature outfit: a black suit with his white hair pushed into a ponytail, fingerless gloves and dark glasses.
Talk had already turned in recent weeks to who could succeed Karl when he eventually stepped down from Chanel. Virginie Viard, director of the creative studio of the house of Chanel, has already been speculated as his eventual successor.
As yet, no cause of death has been confirmed.
Karl was inspired to go into fashion when he accompanied his mother to a Dior fashion show in 1933, and would draw fashion designs as a young child.
More to follow.