Karl Lagerfeld Willing to Freeze for Fashion

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Karl Lagerfeld Willing to Freeze for Fashion
Karl Lagerfeld has a lot to say when it comes to other people. There were those comments about Pipa Middleton’s face, his critique of Adele’s weight, Lana Del Rey’s plastic surgery… It’s like a scathing Simon Cowell montage of cut downs, but fashion. Dude is opinionated. *snap* *snap*

What makes Karl’s interview with M, a quarterly men’s magazine, different from the outspoken pack is that the Chanel designer is talking about himself. For the inaugural issue, whose theme is “ambition.”

Here are a few excerpts of his super dramatic answers, but let’s start with the Karl quote of the summer: “I hate sloppy footwear. What I hate most is flip-flops. I am physically allergic to flip-flops.”

On tattoos: “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…”

On mass-produced shirts: “If you’re accustomed to a handmade shirt by Hilditch, a ready-bought shirt is like wearing some torture stuff.”

On nearly freezing to death for fashion: “I remember one time in winter in 1956–it was beyond cold. And I went to see my father at the George V with only a suit on…He said to me, “But you will die! You will get pneumonia!” And I said, “I prefer to die than to wear another coat than the robe style in blue cashmere in the Dorian Gray window. If not that one, I prefer to freeze.” So he bought the coat.”

As you can tell, the interview is unapologetically out-of-touch, highly dramatic, and quintessential Karl. Whatever, he’s been in the fashion game so long the 79-year-old is basically the industry’s loose cannon grandfather who can say whatever insane thing he wants and we just all quietly laugh it off as he falls asleep before 8 p.m.

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