Prolific fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld has died, aged 85, in Paris, French media have reported. He was the creative director for Chanel and Fendi and was one of the industry’s most prolific figures in the industry.
Lagerfeld also designed collections for his own brand.
The designer had been unwell for several weeks, and had missed a number of fashion shows.
Karl Otto Lagerfeldt was born in 1933 in pre-war Germany. Lagerfeld changed his original surname from Lagerfeldt, because he believed it sounded “more commercial”.
He emigrated to Paris as a young teenager, and became a design assistant for Pierre Balmain, before working at Fendi and Chloe in the 1960s.