Fashion icon Karl Lagerfeld cremated: Report

Karl Lagerfeld appears at the end of the Chanel Ready-to-Wear fall/winter presentation in Paris, on March 8, 2011.
Karl Lagerfeld appears at the end of the Chanel Ready-to-Wear fall/winter presentation in Paris, on March 8, 2011. PHOTO: NYTIMES
Karl Lagerfeld attends his performance for Chanel at the Prado promenade in Havana with his godson Hudson Kroenig on May 3, 2016.
Karl Lagerfeld attends his performance for Chanel at the Prado promenade in Havana with his godson Hudson Kroenig on May 3, 2016. PHOTO: AFP
Karl Lagerfeld poses next to a painting of his cat Choupette during the inauguration of the show Corsa Karl and Choupette at the Palazzo Italia in Berlin, on Feb 3, 2015.
Karl Lagerfeld poses next to a painting of his cat Choupette during the inauguration of the show Corsa Karl and Choupette at the Palazzo Italia in Berlin, on Feb 3, 2015. PHOTO: AFP
Karl Lagerfeld poses next to a model presenting a dress from his Chloe collection on May 2, 1977 in Hamburg.
Karl Lagerfeld poses next to a model presenting a dress from his Chloe collection on May 2, 1977 in Hamburg. PHOTO: AFP

PARIS (AFP) - Fashion legend Karl Lagerfeld was cremated in France on Friday (Feb 22), fulfilling his last wishes following his death this week at the age of 85, the magazine Closer said.

The German designer who had quipped "I'd rather die" than be buried was cremated in Nanterre, west of Paris, in the presence of Virginie Viard, who succeeds him as creative director at Chanel, Princess Caroline of Monaco and Bernard Arnault, head of the luxury group LVMH, Closer said on its Internet site.

A spokeswoman for the Lagerfeld fashion house had told AFP only that "his wishes will be respected".

Lagerfeld's ashes are to join some from Jacques de Basher, his great love who died of Aids in 1989.

Lagerfeld had told de Bascher's biographer Marie Ottavi that some of his ashes were being stored "somewhere secret. One day they will be added to mine."