Iconic Chanel designer Karl Lagerfeld has died, aged 85, in Paris.

It was reported that the superstar designer had died as London Fashion Week comes to a close. 

In 2012, Lagerfeld showcased his annual ready-to-wear collection in the Linlithgow Palace, the birthplace of Mary Queen of Scots and featured Sottish Model Stella Tennant. 

Asked about Scotland's influence in the fashion world, Lagerfeld replied: "Chanel came here, she discovered tweed here and the cashmere. Now we've bought Barrie.

"Scottish patterns and tartans are all over the world, so there is a strong identity that everybody likes, uses and copies."

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Concern's about the designer's health were raised after he was absent from the Chanel Haute Couture spring/summer 2019 show. 

Tributes are being paid across social media 


Designer Donatella Versace posted a photograph of herself and Lagerfeld on Instagram, writing: "Karl your genius touched the lives of so many, especially Gianni and I. We will never forget your incredible talent and endless inspiration. We were always learning from you."

Actress Diane Kruger said she was heartbroken in a long message on Instagram. She wrote: "Karl.....I cannot tell you how much you meant to me and how much I will miss you - I will never forget your kindness towards me, your laughs, your imagination - I came to France to see you this week and introduce you to my daughter...I'm heartbroken I was too late - Rest In Peace, I adore you."

Singer Lily Allen remembered the designer as a "true genius", writing on Instagram: "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."

Victoria Beckham posted on Instagram: "So incredibly sad to hear this. Karl was a genius and always so kind and generous to me both personally and professionally. RIP x vb."

Model and TV star Alexa Chung said: "Rest in peace, Karl. I remember being so scared to interview you and yet you were in fact incredibly witty and generous.

"Thank you for inviting me to some of the most glamorous experiences of my life, it was an honour to know you. Oh yeah and thanks for the dry shampoo tip, will always think of you as I powder my wig."

Bernard Arnault, chairman and CEO of LVMH - which owns Fendi - said: "With the passing of Karl Lagerfeld we have lost a creative genius who helped to make Paris the fashion capital of the world and Fendi one of the most innovative Italian houses.

"We owe him a great deal: his taste and talent were the most exceptional I have ever known."

Artistic director of Jean Patou in 1959, creator of Fendi since 1965, member of the LVMH Prize jury since its creation in 2013, he honoured the LVMH group with an extraordinarily stimulating creative and entrepreneurial friendship.

"I will always remember his immense imagination, his ability to conceive new trends for every season, his inexhaustible energy, the virtuosity of his drawings, his carefully guarded independence, his encyclopedic culture, and his unique wit and eloquence.

"The death of this dear friend deeply saddens me, my wife and my children. We loved and admired him deeply. Fashion and culture has lost a great inspiration."