Karl Lagerfeld: Retirement Is Death

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Karl Lagerfeld: Retirement Is Death
Karl Lagerfeld, much venerated crazy-uncle of the fashion industry, often dispenses some sage advice, in between calling ladies ugly and fat. On the subject of working and retirement, he told VogueTV:

"There's something boring about people who have to go to an office for a living. I wanted to do this job since I was a child. I love fashion. I'm lucky to work in the most perfect of conditions. I can do what I want in all kinds of areas. The expenses are not expenses. I would be stupid to stop that. Work is making a living out of being bored."

Personally, I love that--work is making a living out of being bored. And Karl is not hurting for work: he currently directs Chanel, Fendi and his eponymous Karl Lagerfeld Paris. According to Harper's Bazaar, his days consist of a very rigorous schedule of waking up in all-white sheets and jammies, tending to his perfect cat, sketching, and drinking a crapload of Diet Coke. And as I have my suspicions that he might never, ever die, we could be watching Lagerfeld-created Chanel shows until the apocalypse.

Karl then went on to say something that is a bit at odds with what many assume are his Spartan views on beauty. When discussing his number one muse from his Little Black Jacket Exhibition, he said:

"One of my favorites is of a woman with white hair and no make-up called Micheline Chaban-Delmas, the widow of a former French president. She is genius and she is in competition with nobody. It has nothing to do with fame, beauty or youth - she is beyond that. No make-up, no botox, nothing. That's why that one is the best."

Write that one down everyone--no make-up, no botox, no youth. Karl's highest praise was for a woman who donned but a squinty glare and very high cheekbones, not Kate Moss or Alexa Chung. Remember that the next time he goes on a crazy rant about all of the ugly people everywhere.

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