“I Don’t Do Selfies” Karl Lagerfeld’s Off On One Again

"I Don't Do Selfies" Karl Lagerfeld's Off On One Again


by Grazia |

Oh Karl, we really do love you. When we’re not cooing over little Choupette (seriously, check out his cat's Twitter if you haven't already), we’re cracking up at his latest quotes. Today is no different.

The designer took a break from his work with Fendi where he is currently celebrating a 50 year partnership with the brand (the longest relationship between designer and fashion house EVER) to speak to The New York Times. As usual, his one liners did not disappoint, so we’ve compiled the best things we’ve learnt...

1. Karl doesn’t do selfies

The designer said, “we live in the world of selfies []I don’t do selfies. But other people do, and they all want to do selfies with me. No, no, no. Thank God, Sébastien, my assistant, he’s mean to the people in the street, mean and rude. I’m a nice person.”

2a. Karl doesn’t want your opinion

“There are not too many people with an opinion I care for” he said.

2b. Especially if you’re a man

“I’m not crazy to discuss fashion with men. I couldn’t care less about their opinion.”

3. He doesn’t care for reflecting either (there’s a pattern emerging here)

“In Germany, they made a huge exhibition of everything I did, Fendi, Chanel, Lagerfeld, Chloé and all that. I’m not even going to the show. I don’t care.”

4. If Karl doesn’t like your surname, he’ll change it

He changed Hervé Peugnet’s name to Hervé Leger, as 'Leger' means “light” in French. “I said, ‘Hervé, this name is not possible, it’s too heavy’".

5. Most of his ideas are rubbish

“I work a lot for the garbage can. I have huge bins next [to me], for whatever I do, 95 percent goes to the bin.”

6. His memory isn't the best

"When I’m at Fendi, I don’t even remember what I am doing somewhere else, and if I am somewhere else, I forgot what I did here. What I do for Chanel never looks like Fendi. I have no personality. Perhaps I have three." (We're inclined to think three Karl, you've got personality aplenty).

7. He’ll die before he quits

When asked if he ever considered stopping work, Karl's response was “No. I would die on the spot. Chanel died in the middle of a collection when she was in her nearly 90s. I have time!”

Thank goodness for that! We can't get enough of Karl, so we're relieved he's got no plans to leave the fashion world anytime soon.

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