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Wednesday, Oct 23, 2019

The wit and wisdom of Karl Lagerfeld: His best quotes

The iconic fashion designer who wore many hats was truly an artist who shaped the idea of fashion for many. Here are some quotes that defined his wit and wisdom.

fashion-and-trends Updated: Feb 19, 2019 19:42 IST
Agence France-Presse
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The iconic fashion designer who wore many hats dies at 85
The iconic fashion designer who wore many hats dies at 85(Karl Lagerfeld/Instagram)

Designer Karl Lagerfeld was not just fashion’s great survivor, he was also one of its most wicked wits.

Here are some of his most famous lines:

On himself

“I am very much down to earth. Just not this earth.”

On pyjamas

“Everybody should go to bed dressed like they have a date at the door.”

On fashion show ‘highs’

“I’m a kind of fashion nymphomaniac who never gets an orgasm.”

On intellectuals

“I hate intellectual conversation with intellectuals because I only care about my opinion.”

On selfies

“Electronic masturbation.”

On his sunglasses

“They 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.”

On vanity

“Vanity is the healthiest thing in life.”

On learning languages

“Anyone who is not at least trilingual is a hick.”

On Andy Warhol

“I shouldn’t say this, but physically he was quite repulsive.”

On short men

“I have a terrible loathing of ugly short men... women can be short but for men it is impossible. It is something that they will never forgive in life... they are mean and they want to kill you.”

On Chanel

“What I do Coco would have hated. The label has an image and it’s up to me to update it. I do what she never did. I had to go from what Chanel was to what it should be, could be, what it had been to something else.”

On his secret

“I am a sort of vampire, taking the blood of other people.”

On children

“Having adult children makes you look 100 years old. I don’t want that.”

On love

“The only love I really believe in is a mother’s love for her children.”

On the oldest profession

“I’m rather pro-prostitution. I admire people who do it. It can’t be much fun. Thank goodness for it. People need relief or they become murderers. Frustration is the mother of crime, and so there would be much more crime without prostitutes and without porn movies.”

On the aesthetically challenged

“I hate ugly people. They are very depressing.”

On Russian men

“If I was a Russian woman I would be lesbian. Russian men are not good looking.”

On retirement

“Why should I stop working? If I do I’ll die and it’ll all be finished.”

On homosexuality

“When I asked my mother what homosexuality was, she said it was the colour of your hair, and she was right. It is nothing.”

On gloves

“When I was 14, I wanted to smoke because I wanted to look grown-up. But my mother said: ‘You shouldn’t smoke. Your hands are not that beautiful and that shows when you smoke.’“

On hats

“My mother used to say, ‘You shouldn’t wear hats. You look like an old dyke.’ Do you say such things to children? She was quite funny, no?”

On sports clothing

“Whoever wears running pants has lost control over his life.”

On being a legend

“A sense of humour and a little lack of respect: that’s what you need to make a legend survive.”

On overworking

“We cannot talk about suffering. People buy dresses to be happy, not to hear about somebody who suffered over a piece of taffeta.”

On mobile phones

“I send notes. I’m not a chambermaid whom you can ring at every moment. Today, you know, most people act like they work at a switchboard in a hotel.”

On creating

“I have a sort of Alzheimer’s for my own work, which I think is a very good thing. Today too many people remember what they did -- just forget it all and start again.”

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First Published: Feb 19, 2019 19:39 IST

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