Karl is my forever muse. The king of fashion. His silver locks, his consistent style, his brutal honesty and his Paris has changed this generation.
He is both an open book and a mystery. Karl is a rockstar. His instruments? A drawing pad and a needle and thread. He made an old lady’s brand hot for the 20 year olds and now Chanel is everywhere and we want it bad. My Chanel longing is not just because it is a piece of CoCo, but because it is utterly Karl.
Now fasten your seat belts and feast your eyes on this extensive look at Count Lagerfeld (you’ll even get to see his eyes)
Quick History Lesson: 1964 – The Kaiser began his career in fashion at Balmain in 1955 after winning the first prize in a competition organised by the International Wool Association. He went on to become art director at Jean Patou in 1958 before deciding on a career gap of two years in 1960. In 1962, he began his freelance career and worked with Mario Valentino, Repetto, Monoprix and Tiziani. He started designing for Chloé in 1964 and it wasn’t long before he was creating the full collection. Karl took over as design director of Chanel in 1983.
“I am a sort of vampire, taking the blood of other people.”
“When I was four I asked my mother for a valet for my birthday.”
“I’m a kind of fashion nymphomaniac who never gets an orgasm.”
On Ines de la Fressange, his ex-muse:
“I wish her all the luck in the world, just so long as I don’t have to see her anymore or hear her spoken about.”
On living on his own:
“I live in a set, with the curtains of the stage closed with no audience – but who cares?”
“Life is not a beauty contest, some [ugly people] are great. What I hate is nasty, ugly people. The worst is ugly short men. Women can be short, but for men it is impossible. It is something that they will not forgive in life – they are mean and they want to kill you.”
“Chic is a kind of mayonnaise, either it tastes, or it doesn’t.”
“The iPod is genius. I have 300.”
“Vanity is the healthiest thing in life.
“I have no human feelings.”
“I lost 200lb to wear suits by Hedi Slimane.”
“Be politically correct, but please don’t bother other people with conversation about being politically correct, because that’s the end of everything. You want to create boredom? Be politically correct in your conversation.”
“The most important piece in the house is the garbage can.”
“I am like a caricature of myself, and I like that. It is like a mask. And for me the Carnival of Venice lasts all year long.”
“They grow so fast, and having adult children makes you look 100 years old. I don’t want that.”
“The discussion of fur is childish.”
“I had an interview once with some German journalist – some horrible ugly woman. It was in the early days after the communists – maybe a week after – and she wore a yellow sweater that was kind of see-through. She had huge tits and a huge black bra, and she said to me: ‘It’s impolite; remove your glasses.’ I said: ‘Do I ask you to remove your bra?'”