Karl Lagerfeld dead aged 85 – Chanel designer dies after weeks of ill health

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Original article from the Mirror UK

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 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.

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