20 Quotes by Karl Lagefeld
What I like about photographs is that they capture a moment that’s gone forever, impossible to reproduce.
Karl Otto Lagerfeldt, 10.10.1933 – 19.2.2019, was a German fashion and costume designer. He was also a gifted caricaturist, illustrator and photographer. Balmain, Patou, Chloé, Fendi, Chanel, Kaiser Karl.
This one of a kind artistic genius leaves an incredible body of work and will long inspire future generations. Someone impossible to reproduce. May he rest in peace.
More Quotes by Karl Lagerfeld
I love nothing permanent and definite.
You can be the chicest thing in the world in a T-shirt and jeans — it’s up to you.
Books are a hard-bound drug with no danger of an overdose. I am the happy victim of books.
Vanity is the healthiest thing in life.
It’s all about taste. If you are cheap, nothing helps.
I am like a caricature of myself, and I like that. It is like a mask. And for me the Carnival of Venice lasts all year long.
I had an interview once with some German journalist – some horrible ugly woman. It was in the early days after the communists – maybe a week after – and she wore a yellow sweater that was kind of see-through. She had huge tits and a huge black bra, and she said to me: ‘It’s impolite; remove your glasses.’ I said: ‘Do I ask you to remove your bra?’
I’m very much down to earth, just not this earth.
Pfft, I hate Christmas Day. It’s for children and families. Not for people like me.
As a child I wanted to be a grown-up. I wanted to know everything – not that I like to talk about it. I hate intellectual conversation with intellectuals because I only care about my opinion.
I am physically allergic to flip-flops.
Please don’t say I work hard. Nobody is forced to do this job and if they don’t like it, they should do another one. If it’s too much, do something else. But don’t start doing it and then say, ‘Aaaah, it’s too much’. Because a lot of people depend on it. What we do at Chanel, thousands of people work on these things; these things are sold in hundreds and hundreds of shops all over the world. People like the big machine, and the money the big machine involves, but the effort… Then, suddenly, they become artists. They are too weak. Too fragile. Non. We have to be tough. We cannot talk about our suffering. People buy dresses to be happy, not to hear about somebody who suffered over a piece of taffeta. Me, I like to make an effort. I like nothing better than concrete reality. I’m a very down-to-earth person, but it is my job to make that earth more pleasant.
Sweatpants are a sign of defeat. You lost control of your life so you bought some sweatpants.
I’m a working-class person, working with class.
You know, personally, I don’t even think I’m that famous. Now, Choupette really is famous. She has become the most famous cat in the world. I even get propositioned by pet food companies and things like that, but it’s out of the question. I’m commercial. She’s not. She’s spoiled to death. Obviously.
(It’s impossible to find a safe picture of Choupette on the internet. Hey, I blog from Germany, let’s keep it simple. I can assure you, she is stunning and rather fluffy.)
I never played with anything like toys.
In a meat-eating world, wearing leather for shoes and clothes and even handbags, the discussion of fur is childish.
They [selfies] are this horrible thing where you are distorted. The chin is too big, the head is too small. No, this is electronic masturbation.
What I enjoy most is doing something I’ve never done before.
Deutsche Welle – in German Designer, Künstler, Modezar: Karl Lagerfeld
(Can you spot the scene, where his hair isn’t perfect?)