Karl Lagerfeld′s Latest Interview
French magazine Numéro sat down with icon Karl Lagerfeld for an interview recently and it certainly raised a few eye-brows amongst fashion’s elite. Here are our highlights including one or two controversial topics.
On His Health
“I don’t get fat anymore. I was on a diet for 15 years, but now I can eat all I want without ever gaining a gram. It’s very strange”, the designer said. And fear not, we can certainly expect to see many more Cruise collections, Haute Couture creations and RTW shows. “For the time being, I’m not suffering terribly. I’ve had every test under the sun and they can’t find anything wrong. Call me back in ten years and we’ll talk about it again”.
On His Cat, Choupette:
Not only will he leave some of his fortune to Choupette but he likens himself to his pet since growing a goatee “What is funny is that with all these whiskers I look a lot like Choupette… we’re really like an old couple. In fact, she maintains it for me, we sleep on the same pillow and she spends her life licking it.”
On Designers Being Overworked
“Personally, I’ve never complained. And that is exactly why all the other designers hate me. They are only interested in their damn “inspirations”, they can spend an hour deciding where a button should go, or choosing sketches done by their assistants, which riles me to distraction. I am a machine” He certainly didn’t stop there and Mr Lagerfeld doesn’t believe anybody should slow down if they are to be apart of a successful business, “Azzedine [Alaïa], for example, before falling down the stairs, claimed that the supposedly unsustainable rhythms in fashion today were entirely my fault, which is absurd. When you are running a billion-dollar business, you must keep up. And if is doesn’t suit you, then you may as well mess around in your bedroom”.
His Relationship with Azzedine Alaïa and Pierre Bergé
“I didn’t say that [Azzedine wasn’t talented]. I never said anything, I don’t criticise him, even if at the end of his career all he did was make ballet slippers for menopausal fashion victims”. Reflecting on 2017’s loss of 2 great designers he said “I’m sorry but last year I lost my two best enemies Pierre Bergé and the other one. Azzedine loathed me, go figure. And for Pierre’s funeral, my florist asked me, “Do you want us to send a cactus?”
His Opinion of International Women’s Day and Men’s Fashion
It’s all music to our ears really. He said, “For me Women’s Day is every day of the year. Men’s fashion does little for me. I buy it of course, and I’m delighted that Hedi [Slimane] is going to Céline but drawing a men’s collection and having to put up with all those stupid models, no thanks. Not to mention the fact with all their accusations of harassment they have become quite toxic. No, no, no, don’t leave me alone with one of those sordid creatures.”
#MeToo and Harvey Weinstein
This is perhaps what drew some unhappy opinions across industries, he commented, “I’m fed up with it. I don’t even eat pig [in France the movement’s known as #BalanceTonPorc]. What shocks me most in all of this are the starlets who have taken 20 years to remember what happened. Not to mention the fact there are no prosecution witnesses. That said I cannot stand Mr Weinstein. I had a problem with him at amfAR (the amfAR Gala is organised during the Cannes Film Festival in the fight against AIDS)” he recalled. “It wasn’t of a sexual nature, but a professional one. I’ll spare you the details, but he isn’t exactly what you might call a man of his word.”
And finally, between Virgil Abloh, Jacquemus and Jonathan Anderson, who would he willingly take to a dessert island to end his days with? The icon comically replied, “I’d kill myself first”. Even being asked to rank the above in descending order of talent, Karl still refused to acknowledge Virgil Abloh.
You can read the full interview here.