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Karl Lagerfeld

Lagerfeld at a Fendi store opening, May 2014
Born Karl Otto Lagerfeld
(1933-09-10) 10 September 1933 (age 83)
Hamburg, Germany
Residence Paris, France
Nationality German
Education St. Annes School
Occupation Fashion designer
Parent(s) Otto Lagerfeld
Elisabeth Bahlmann
Labels Karl Lagerfeld
(since 1974, various brands)[1]
Chanel
(since 1983)[2]
Fendi
(since 1965),[3]
Chloe
(1963–1978, 1992–1997),[4]
Jean Patou
(1958–1963),[1]
H&M
(2004)
Hogan
(2011),
Macy’s
(2011)

Black-and-white always looks modern, whatever that word means.
Don't overact the story of your name. Overact the story of your work.
I never played with anything like toys.
I can tell you all kinds of moral tales, but fashion and reality are vaguely different.
Karl Lagerfeld
Yes, some people say to me you're too skinny, but never a skinny person says that to me, only people who could lose a few pounds say that.
Karl Lagerfeld
I wanted to become a cartoon artist, a portrait artist, and an illustrator. This was my first idea.
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No. I mean those people really did something for designers I don't think department stores can, could or should do still today. Today the world is different so you have to make it differently. There's TV. There's a lot of things.
Karl Lagerfeld
I don't speak Spanish, I speak a little of Italian but no Spanish.
Bears are very nice, as long as you are nice to them.
Clothes if they are not well cut, you can kill nobody. A building poorly built can kill people. It's a much more difficult work. I would not compare myself with that.
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Greece needs to work on a cleaner image. It's a big problem, as they have this reputation of being so corrupt.
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When I was a child I asked my mother what homosexuality was about and she said – and this was 100 years ago in Germany and she was very open-minded – 'It's like hair color. It's nothing. Some people are blond and some people have dark hair. It's not a subject.' This was a very healthy attitude.
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I love dogs, but dogs, you have to be in the country with dogs. I cannot walk a dog on the street.
Karl Lagerfeld
I have no human feelings.
My childhood was endless - from eight to 18 felt like hundreds of years.
What I like about music is the songs you can remember the lines of in a single second.
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I have moved to a smaller house in Paris, and I don't fancy having so much staff now.
Karl Lagerfeld
I'm German in my mind, but from a Germany that doesn't exist any more.
Karl Lagerfeld
I wanted to become an illustrator as a child.
The story with anorexic girls – nobody works with anorexic girls. That has nothing to do with fashion.
Karl Lagerfeld
Who buys French cars? Not me.
I like today and perhaps a little future still, but the past is really something I'm not interested in. So, as far as I'm concerned, I like only the past of things and people I don't know. When I know, I don't care because I knew how it was.
Karl Lagerfeld
I'm a working-class person, working with class.
If there's something dangerous, sauces are dangerous for the body.
My job is to bring out in people what they wouldn't dare do themselves.
Karl Lagerfeld
My opinion can be completely different after a show.
Some people would like me to be round again.
I'm always relaxed.
I hated to be treated as a child. I thought it was the worst situation.
I make such big efforts to forget things and I can't tell the story of my life because, thank God, I'm still living it.
Karl Lagerfeld
I don't want to look sloppy, because then I feel sloppy.
You have to like the present; if not your life becomes secondhand, if you think it was better before. Or that it will be better in the future.
Karl Lagerfeld
I never drink anything hot; I don't like hot drinks, very strange.
I've only wanted paper and beautiful colors. It was my dream, and it still is my dream. And books. They're all I need, and the rest I can do without.
Karl Lagerfeld
Don't dress to kill, dress to survive.
Bling is over. Red carpet covered with rhinestones is out. I call it 'the new modesty.'
Karl Lagerfeld
What I love best in life is new starts.
No, and I never, ever eat in between the meals. I control it well enough and with no pills, and I sleep seven hours a night. I go to bed. I fall asleep, and I wake up seven hours later, and this is the most important.
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Beauty is also submitted to the taste of time, so a beautiful woman from the Belle Epoch is not exactly the perfect beauty of today, so beauty is something that changes with time.
Karl Lagerfeld
I'm an iPod person.
The first thing I do when I get up, I have breakfast.
If I were a woman, I would love to have lots of kids. But for men, I don't believe in it.
Karl Lagerfeld
No, I'm not a French designer either. I'm from nowhere. I'm a European, old European is all I am.
Karl Lagerfeld
Buy clothes the size you want to wear.
I can do whatever I want.
I don't know what 'normal' means, anyway.
I hate the past - especially my own past.
Vanity is the healthiest thing in life.
Pfft, I hate Christmas Day. It's for children and families. Not for people like me.
Karl Lagerfeld
I never smoked. I never drank and I never took drugs. The funny thing is, nothing is more boring, people like this. For me, it's OK. But most of my friends, at least they smoke and drink.
Karl Lagerfeld
I'm like a rock singer with one-night stands on the road.
I'm not an employee who goes to the office every morning at the same time. Then, vacations are needed.
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What I love best in life is new starts.
I never had to learn English, French and German because I was brought up as all three languages. I had a private French teacher before I even went to school. That helped a lot.
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No, I never thought I would like cats.
Music is part of the life of fashion, too.
Foreigners don't want to invest any more in France – and this is not working.
Karl Lagerfeld
I have my permanent muses and my muses of the moment.
For me, New York is comfortable, not strange.
I am never satisfied with myself and that is what keeps me going – I have no post-satisfaction.
Karl Lagerfeld
My hair is not really white; it's kind of grayish, and I don't like the color. So I make it totally white with Klorane dry shampoo. That is the best thing to do because my hair is always clean.
Karl Lagerfeld
There's something boring about people who have to go to an office for a living.
Karl Lagerfeld
I'm kind of fascist with myself, you know.
Fortunately there is more wealth in the world than there was at the time of the global economic crisis of 1929 – Chinese, Indian, Arab and Russian.
Karl Lagerfeld
No one wants to see curvy women.
Oh yes, I love to do shoes. I'm not a fetishist but I love to do shoes.
Karl Lagerfeld
Why should I stop working? If I do, I'll die and it'll all be finished.
Karl Lagerfeld
You cannot be creative with people around you.
Yes, and I can sit down on a white piece of paper and work because I don't believe too much into inspiration, only I'm waiting for inspiration, work and then inspiration may come. It's a little too easy to say that.
Karl Lagerfeld
I think it's horrible that people have to be told. Don't smoke! Everybody knows it's bad for the health. But they have to forbid it.
Karl Lagerfeld
T-shirts for ten dollars are even more fashion today than expensive fashion.
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I think tattoos are horrible. It's like living in a Pucci dress full-time.
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I'm lucky to work in the most perfect of conditions.
I had nearly finished school because I was making effort not that bad on that. But there was a law in Germany after the war. You could not make your final examination before 18, so lots of people who were late because of the way had to do it first.
Karl Lagerfeld
I eat next to nothing.
A collection is not just one basic idea. It comes from something that is in the air, something you suddenly like and put down on paper and then work out.
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I've done many ads because that's my new career. It's an inspiring extension for my mind.
Karl Lagerfeld
I have more friends in New York than Paris.
I like the discipline of well-cut, impeccable clothes. I think it's a very healthy discipline.
Karl Lagerfeld
I like to do things quickly because I'm easily bored.
I love to watch times change!
I am like a TV antenna. I catch everything that is in the air, and then I do it my way.
Karl Lagerfeld
I eat fish, three times a week meat, and if not yogurt, something like this and it rarely continues.
Karl Lagerfeld
I'm not a marketing person. I don't ask myself questions. I go by instinct.
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I don't eat bubble gum, but I like the smell.
The importance of logo into today's fashion is un! be! Lievable!
What I hate is nasty, ugly people.
I never look at my watch when I'm sketching!
I don't do meetings.
I always loved advertising. If I hadn't been in fashion, I'd have been in advertising.
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Doing collections, doing fashion is like a non-stop dialogue.
I don't have any stress. I'm very lucky. I live a very healthy life.
Karl Lagerfeld
I'm totally myself.
The brain is a muscle, and I'm a kind of body-builder.
I never – you know also one of the things that would save me for a man my age, it was not that easy to lose that much weight and fall down and look like something draped.
Karl Lagerfeld
There are so many people in the world who cannot read English or French or whatever.
Karl Lagerfeld
I don't want to be on the Internet.
Stupidly it should not be. It should be also nice. One must get along with that. Is however not necessary.
Karl Lagerfeld
I can no longer walk in the street. That's over.
Nothing scares me more than people with some doll collection.
The way I talk is bizarre.
I prefer to be in a video than to play with it.
The iPod completely changed the way people approach music.
My mother did not like children.
Personally, I don't wear fur.
Work is making a living out of being bored.
But if I have a lot of imagination, I could tell myself whatever I wanted, you know. I handle myself quite well. I'm kind of fascist with myself, you know. There's no discussion. There is an order. You follow it.
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I think for my bones and my size, I better stay with my 60 kilo.
There will be gay couples; it will exist. It is not very nice that people who are married – who divorce in three seconds – don't want protection for the others. The legal system should protect everyone, not just the few people who think they are above everybody else because they are married.
Karl Lagerfeld
In France there are, I think, less than one per cent of people who are too skinny.
Karl Lagerfeld
It would have been difficult to have an ugly daughter.
I never fall in love.
People like me were supposed to be into exclusivity, unapproachable. That's what I hate most. I think it's very demode.
Karl Lagerfeld
People can drink with their eyes; I can eat with my nose.
I drink Diet Coke from the minute I get up to the minute I go to bed.
What I enjoy most is doing something I've never done before.
I don't care if people I admire criticize me because their opinion is valuable to me.
Karl Lagerfeld
I sleep seven hours. If I go to bed at two, I wake up at nine. If I go to bed at midnight, I wake up at seven. I don't wake up before – the house can fall apart, but I sleep for seven hours.
Karl Lagerfeld
I hardly went to school.
I never go anywhere. I do sketches and make phone calls, and people visit. It's more fun to come to Paris.
Karl Lagerfeld
My favorite kitchen was the Japanese and the Italian kitchen.
In a meat-eating world, wearing leather for shoes and clothes and even handbags, the discussion of fur is childish.
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I have now exactly the same weight I had when I was 18, 20.
I didn't play with other children.
I do my job like I breathe.
I'm born with a pencil in my hand. I did lots of sketching.
I am not a second option person. It is that or nothing. If it is not the way I see it I prefer not to see it.
Karl Lagerfeld
I'm all self-taught. I never had a teacher. Even for English, and French, and German, I hardly went to school.
Karl Lagerfeld
There are less than 1 per cent of anorexic girls, but there more than 30 per cent of girls in France – I don't know about England – that are much, much overweight. And it is much more dangerous and very bad for the health.
Karl Lagerfeld
I'm not a fortune-teller.
It's only I have seen enough of it and the funny thing is now, I know that I'm skinny, because I know there are even smaller clothes in the store. I think I'm big, when I was big, I never thought about it.
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I would like to be a one-man multinational fashion phenomenon.
Everything I say is a joke. I am a joke myself.
I can hardly eat meat because it has to look like something what it was not when it was alive.
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