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Iconic fashion designer, Karl Lagerfeld has died at the age of 85, according to reports in France.

The creative director of Chanel died on Tuesday, February 19, 2019 after a period of ill health that lasted for weeks.

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Image: Reuters

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.

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Karl taking a catwalk acknowledgement at the end of the Fendi A/W 2017 show (Image: AFP/Getty Images)

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.

RIP Karl!

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