World-famous German fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld has died aged 85 in Paris following a brief illness.

The designer, who was the creative director for Chanel and Fendi, worked up until his death and was one of the industry's most prolific figures.

His signature ponytail and dark glasses made him an instantly recognisable figure around the world.

Industry heavyweights, including Italian designer Donatella Versace, issued heartfelt tributes.

Rumours of Lagerfeld's poor health had circled for several weeks after he missed a number of events – including Chanel's spring/summer show last month.

He died on Tuesday morning after being admitted to hospital the night before, according to French media.