Iconic fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld has died in Paris at the age of 85, it has been announced.

The German designer was the creative director for giant fashion brands Chanel and Fendi, and was one of the industry’s most prolific figures. He was still active in the industry until his death.

Lagerfeld also designed collections for his own brand while collaborating with high street brand H&M.

Lagerfeld had been unwell for several weeks, missing a slew of high-profile fashion shows due to deteriorating health. It is not known if either the designer or his family were aware his condition was terminal.

Lagerfeld is best remembered for his distinctive look, unique style and association with Chanel. The man would regularly wear dark suits, accessorised with a pony-tail and tinted sunglasses, which made him an instantly recognisable presence at fashion events.

Lagerfeld said of his appearance: “I am like a caricature of myself, and I like that.”