Fashion legend Karl Lagerfeld has died at the age of 85 years, according to reports in France. The designer who was the creative director of Chanel passed away after being ill for the last couple of weeks. 

According to French magazine Closer, Lagerfeld died on Tuesday. The news of his death comes after it was reported that he missed two of Chanel's haute couture shows which took place in Paris in January.

At the time, the fashion house said his absence was because he was feeling tired. A statement was read after he missed the second show which 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."

According to reports, Lagerfeld, best known as the creative director of Chanel, was admitted into hospital on Monday night. The cause of death is currently unknown.

Lagerfeld had presided over the Chanel house for more than three decades now and produced up to eight collections in a year much to the joy and excitement of fashion editors, fans as well as collectors.

Karl Lagerfeld had a very distinct signature look and would often be seen in a black suit with his whitish hair neatly pulled back into a ponytail. He would also wear fingerless gloves and also a pair of dark glasses.

In the weeks leading up to his death, discussion had already began about who would succeed Karl when he stepped down from Chanel. Rumors suggest that the director of the creative studio of the house of Chanel Virginie Viard could be his successor.

Karl developed a passion for fashion and design at a very young age and became inspired to take it up after accompanying his mother to a Dior fashion show in 1933. In 1985, Karl was offered the job at Chanel but was reluctant.

Karl Lagerfeld (Source: Getty Images)
Karl Lagerfeld (Source: Getty Images)



He spoke to Madame Figaro magazine and said, “At that time, I already had a good reputation, I was doing Fendi and Chloe. I had been warned, 'Do not take Chanel, it's awful. When I arrived, she [Coco] had been dead for 10 years and everyone lived in the respect of her memory. If you want to kill a house, show [her] respect.”