The fashion world pay tribute to Karl Lagerfeld after news of his death

As news spread of the Chanel designer's death, fans, celebrities and his fellow designers have honoured the man they deem an "iconic" and an "inspiration".

The fashion world pay tribute to Karl Lagerfeld after news of his death

Fashion legend Karl Lagerfeld has died at the age of 85, according to French media reports.

Lagerfeld spent over 30 years as creative director of the French luxury fashion house Chanel, as part of his seven-decade career as one of fashion's most iconic figures.

The iconic fashion designer died in Paris after a period of ill health.

As news spread of the Chanel designer's death, fans, celebrities and his fellow designers have honoured the man they deem an "iconic" and an "inspiration".

"Karl your genius touched the lives of so many, especially Gianni and I," Italian fashion designer Donatella Versace captioned a tribute to Lagerfeld on Instagram.

"We will never forget your incredible talent and endless inspiration. We were always learning from you."

Alexa Chung also shared a message of condolence, revealing that she had been afraid to speak to Lagerfeld when they first met but sound discovered how witty and generous he was.

"Karl was a genius and always so kind and generous to me both personally and professionally," Victoria Beckham wrote.

Singer Lilly Allen said that she never quite understood what he saw in her but is "forever grateful for the support" that Karl and Chanel have given her over the last 15 years.

Chanel muse Diane Kruger revealed on Instagram that she wanted to introduce Lagerfeld to her daughter in Paris this week and is heartbroken that she was "too late".

"I cannot tell you how much you meant to me and how much I will miss you," she continued.

Fans of Langerfield also took to various social media platforms to pay tribute and offer their condolences.

Lagerfeld notably missed his end-of-show bow during the Chanel couture show in Paris at the end of January because he was unable to attend.

It was the first time since 1983 that the German had not spoken to fans after a show.

More in this section

#ChoosetoChallenge

Did you miss our Virtual Event with Alison O’Connor, Aoife Moore, Clodagh Finn, Derval O’Rourke and Vicky Phelan