Lagerfeld at a Fendi store opening, May 2014
|Born||Karl Otto Lagerfeld
10 September 1933
|Education||St. Annes School|
(since 1974, various brands)
I can tell you all kinds of moral tales, but fashion and reality are vaguely different.
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.
I wanted to become a cartoon artist, a portrait artist, and an illustrator. This was my first idea.
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.
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.
Greece needs to work on a cleaner image. It's a big problem, as they have this reputation of being so corrupt.
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.
I love dogs, but dogs, you have to be in the country with dogs. I cannot walk a dog on the street.
What I like about music is the songs you can remember the lines of in a single second.
I have moved to a smaller house in Paris, and I don't fancy having so much staff now.
I'm German in my mind, but from a Germany that doesn't exist any more.
The story with anorexic girls – nobody works with anorexic girls. That has nothing to do with fashion.
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.
My job is to bring out in people what they wouldn't dare do themselves.
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.
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.
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.
Bling is over. Red carpet covered with rhinestones is out. I call it 'the new modesty.'
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.
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.
If I were a woman, I would love to have lots of kids. But for men, I don't believe in it.
No, I'm not a French designer either. I'm from nowhere. I'm a European, old European is all I am.
Pfft, I hate Christmas Day. It's for children and families. Not for people like me.
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.
I'm not an employee who goes to the office every morning at the same time. Then, vacations are needed.
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.
Foreigners don't want to invest any more in France – and this is not working.
I am never satisfied with myself and that is what keeps me going – I have no post-satisfaction.
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.
There's something boring about people who have to go to an office for a living.
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.
Oh yes, I love to do shoes. I'm not a fetishist but I love to do shoes.
Why should I stop working? If I do, I'll die and it'll all be finished.
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.
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.
T-shirts for ten dollars are even more fashion today than expensive fashion.
I think tattoos are horrible. It's like living in a Pucci dress full-time.
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.
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.
I've done many ads because that's my new career. It's an inspiring extension for my mind.
I like the discipline of well-cut, impeccable clothes. I think it's a very healthy discipline.
I am like a TV antenna. I catch everything that is in the air, and then I do it my way.
I eat fish, three times a week meat, and if not yogurt, something like this and it rarely continues.
I'm not a marketing person. I don't ask myself questions. I go by instinct.
I always loved advertising. If I hadn't been in fashion, I'd have been in advertising.
I don't have any stress. I'm very lucky. I live a very healthy life.
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.
There are so many people in the world who cannot read English or French or whatever.
Stupidly it should not be. It should be also nice. One must get along with that. Is however not necessary.
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.
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.
In France there are, I think, less than one per cent of people who are too skinny.
People like me were supposed to be into exclusivity, unapproachable. That's what I hate most. I think it's very demode.
I don't care if people I admire criticize me because their opinion is valuable to me.
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.
I never go anywhere. I do sketches and make phone calls, and people visit. It's more fun to come to Paris.
In a meat-eating world, wearing leather for shoes and clothes and even handbags, the discussion of fur is childish.
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.
I'm all self-taught. I never had a teacher. Even for English, and French, and German, I hardly went to school.
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.
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.
I can hardly eat meat because it has to look like something what it was not when it was alive.