I’m not a marketing person. I don’t ask myself questions. I go by instinct. 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.
It’s that uniqueness that sets Karl Lagerfeld apart from many of the modern day fashion designers. The famous German artist and photographer is best known as his role as head designer / creative director for the iconic fashion brand Chanel. But he’s also not one to rest on his laurels, he has his own fashion house, as well as the Italian house Fendi.
An individual with unquestionable talent and unquestionably in-demand.
He’s also quite the controversial character, PETA targeted him for his use of fur in fashion by throwing food at him. He called Victoria’s Secret supermodel Heidi Klum “No runway model. She is simply too heavy and has too big a bust. She is more bling bling and glamorous than current fashion.” and even caused Vogue magazine to walk out from his runway show when he employed strippers and adult film star Moana Pozzi to model his designs. And recently when talking about Grammy award-winning singer Adele he stated “She is a little too fat, but she has a beautiful face and a divine voice.”
Here’s a few other controversial views from the man himself.
“No one wants to see curvy women. You’ve got fat mothers with their bags of chips sitting in front of the television and saying thin models are ugly. Fashion is about dreams and illusions.” Source: Focus magazine
“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.” Source: Vogue, April 2003
“I personally only like high-class escorts. I don’t like sleeping with people I really love. I don’t want to sleep with them because sex cannot last, but affection can last forever. I think this is healthy. And for the way the rich live, this is possible.” Source: Vice magazine
Now whilst you may or may not agree with his views, one thing is for certain, you simply cannot deny his talent, presence and character – in this rather odd (yet fascinating video) Lagerfeld actually interviews himself, about himself. It makes for surreal viewing finding out what makes him tick, his outlook on fashion and art and more.