Happy 82nd Birthday, Karl Lagerfeld!


Chanel’s Creative Director. 

Today, Germany’s most famous fashion designer, Karl Lagerfeld, is one year older. But whether he was born in 1933, 1935 or 1938 – that’s his well-kept secret.

Lagerfeld’s most famous quotes:

  1. “I’m a kind of fashion nymphomaniac who never gets an orgasm.”
  2. “I lost 200lb to wear suits by Hedi Slimane.”
  3. “Having adult children makes you look 100 years old. I don’t want that.”
  4. “In a meat-eating world, wearing leather for shoes and even clothes, the discussion of fur is childish.”
  5. “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.”
  6. “My sunglasses are my burka.. I’m a little short-sighted, and people, when they’re short-sighted, they remove their glasses and then they look like cute little dogs who want to be adopted.”
  7. “We cannot talk about our suffering, people buy dresses to be happy, not to hear about somebody who suffered over a piece of taffeta.”
  8. “Having adult children makes you look 100 years old. I don’t want that.”
  9. “Choupette is like a kept woman. She has a strong personality. She has lunch and dinner with me on the table, with her own food. She doesn’t touch my food. She doesn’t want to eat on the floor. She sleeps under a pillow and she even knows how to use an iPad.”
  10. “It was a very good, healthy thing, the best move in my life, I think, but it’s totally effortless. I only like what I’m allowed to like. I’m beyond temptation. There is no weakness. When I see tons of food in the studio, for us and for everybody, for me it’s as if this stuff was made out of plastic. The idea doesn’t even enter my mind that a human being could put that into their mouth. I’m like the animals in the forest. They don’t touch what they cannot eat.”
  11. “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.”
  12. “I think everyone should go to bed like they have a date at the door.”
  13. “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.”
  14. “I think tattoos are horrible. It’s like living in a Pucci dress full-time. If you’re young and tight, maybe it’s OK, but..”
  15. “I hate intellectual conversation with intellectuals because I only care about my opinion.”
  16. “Sweatpants are a sign of defeat. You lost control of your life so you bought some sweatpants.”
  17. “I would like to be a one-man multinational fashion phenomenon.”
  18. “If you were to ask me what I wish I had invented in fashion, it would be the white shirt. To me, a shirt is the basis for everything, Everything else comes afterwards.”
  19. “Life is not a beauty content, 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..”
  20. “Never use the word cheap. Today everybody can look chic in inexpensive clothes (the rich buy them too). There is good clothing design on every level today. You can be the chicest thing in the world in a T-shirt and jeans – it’s up to you.”
  21. “Kate Middleton has a nice silhouette. I like that kind of woman, I like romantic beauties. On the other hand, the sister struggles. I don’t like the sister’s face. She should only show her back.”
  22. “Why should I stop working? If I do, I’ll die and it’ll all be finished.”
  23. “I’m very much down to earth. Just not this earth.”
  24. “A sense of humour and a little lack of respect: that’s what you need to make a legend survive.”




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