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The Wisdom Of Karl Lagerfeld

At the International Herald Tribune’s 10th annual luxury conference yesterday, Suzy Menkes, the fashion editor of the International Herald Tribune, quizzed designer Karl Lagerfeld on all the important things in life.


The Wisdom Of Karl LagerfeldThe International Herald Tribune is currently hosting its 10th annual luxury conference in London. Yesterday, Suzy Menkes, the fashion editor of the International Herald Tribune, quizzed designer Karl Lagerfeld on all the important things in life: silhouettes of today, couture, perfectionism, his thoughts on himself, and his legacy. Highlights—you know you want them—below:

On the real Karl Lagerfeld: “I am a cocktail.”

On the silhouettes of today: “The modern silhouette is much more inclusive and diverse. My new campaign for Chanel has Ines [de La Fressange], Stella [Tennant] and Freja [Beha Erichsen]: women from the 80’s, 90’s and now. The stick thin silhouette is over.”

On couture: “Buying couture is no worse than collecting expensive cars. People are rich enough to buy them. Others make a living from that. I have no fake guilt about couture.”

On perfectionism: “I am always in a bad mood but only with myself, not with others, so that’s okay. I am mean to myself. I always think I can do better. I like a challenge. When someone says, ‘It’s impossible,’ I like it.”

On the Chanel hierarchy: “Nobody tells me what to do at Chanel… I am there to be used. I like to be used, but only in the way I think I should be used.”

On Coco Chanel: “Coco Chanel did a lot for fashion but not as much as she said she did. She was a woman of her times and in the 30s and 40s there were only two fashion options: Chanel or Balenciaga. But she made two crucial mistakes at the end of her career. In the 1960s she tried to give lessons in elegance. She said she had asked a lot of men and not a single one said they liked the mini skirt. In my opinion, no man dared tell this old lady what he really thought. And she said jeans were horrible. So she lost her power.”

Images: Getty
Source: Fashionologie, Grazia

1 Comment

  1. postBlue

    November 11, 2010 at 7:14 PM

    good old karl, he really does live in his own little world. if freja isn’t stick thin, then who is?

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