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'A genius and visionary': Welsh designer pays heartfelt tribute to mentor Karl Lagerfeld

Karl Lagerfeld and Julien Macdonald worked together at Chanel. Credit: PA

Welsh designer Julien Macdonald has paid tribute to fashion icon Karl Lagerfeld.

Lagerfeld, the creative director of French luxury clothing brand Chanel, died at the age of 85 following a period of ill health.

Macdonald said he was "honoured to have been Karl's protege".

The Welshman designed knitwear with Lagerfeld in the 1990s.

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I am very sad, of the passing of my mentor and great friend @KarlLagerfeld.

I am honoured to have been Karl's protege from 1994-1997 whilst working with him designing knitwear at Chanel and Karl Lagerfeld.

A genius and visionary, he will be forever missed but never forgotten.

– Julien Macdonald

Tributes from the world of fashion poured in following news of Lagefeld's death.

Read more: Chanel creative director Karl Lagerfeld dies aged 85