Legendary designer Karl Lagerfeld has reportedly died at the age of 85.

According to French media, the creative director of Chanel passed away in Paris after a period of ill health that lasted for weeks.

It comes after he was absent at Chanel’s haute couture shows at Paris Fashion Week in January, with a statement explaining that he was “feeling tired”.

It was the first time he missed the iconic catwalk bow during the finale of a Chanel show.

Lagerfeld began his career as assistant to Pierre Balmain in 1955, and joined Chanel in 1983, spending 36 years working for the iconic fashion house. He also designed collections for his own brand.

Designer Henry Holland paid tribute to the fashion icon on social media by using one of his own quotes: “To design is to breathe, so if I can’t breathe I’m in trouble.”

British singer Lily Allen wrote: “You made me feel like a princess. I never quite understood what you saw in me but I am forever grateful for the support that you and Chanel have given me over the last 15 years.

“Rest In Peace Karl, you were a true genius and will be missed, so much.”

Lagerfeld was known for his instantly recognisable appearance, which consisted of dark suits, a white ponytail, and large tinted sunglasses. He once said of his appearance: “I am like a caricature of myself, and I like that.”