Designer Karl Lagerfeld Dies at 85

Karl Lagerfeld in 2017. Photo by WWD/REX/Shutterstock (9262836eh)

True fashion never dies. Nor do their designers.

Following weeks of poor health, creative director of Chanel, Karl Lagerfeld, has passed away.

The German designer had missed several important fashion shows of late — including Paris Fashion Week — and had requested that Virginie Viard step in for him due to his ailing condition.

According to reports, the 85-year-old passed away at the American Hospital in Paris on Tuesday morning.

Having been with Chanel since 1983, Lagerfeld began his career as an assistant to Pierre Balmain in 1955 and then joined Fendi in 1967.

Tributes poured in soon after his death from those in both Hollywood and the fashion industry such as Inglourious Basterds actress Diane Kruger and Italian designer Donatella Versace.

Fellow designer, Victoria Beckham, also paid tribute, as did Air Balloon singer, Lily Allen.