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an audience with karl lagerfeld

To celebrate the success of the Chanel Cruise collection in Dubai, we catch up with King Karl for a quick fire round of questions!

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Karl Lagerfeld’s autumn/winter 14 Cruise collection - set against an exotic backdrop of palm trees and white sand on an island off the coast of Dubai – was his glitziest yet! Guests, including Frieda Pinto, Tilda Swinton and Dakota Fanning, were bedazzled by Chanel’s kaleidoscopic collection of billowing Ali Baba pants, pearl headdresses, mosaic skirts and more. To celebrate the extravaganza, we catch up with King Karl for a quick fire round of questions!

What is the silliest question you have ever been asked in an interview - aside from this one?
I am too polite to have an opinion on the questions from journalists. I just answer where I can.

Can you tell us something about you that nobody knows?
The most important thing you need to know about me is that everything you’re told by others is not necessarily the truth!

If you were stuck on a desert island, what...
[Interrupts] I don’t go on a desert island so I take nothing with me!

Since you started, what has been the biggest change in the fashion industry?
There have been so many changes. I survived so many changes. I don’t know what the biggest was. I think the arrival of ready-to-wear, when it became something with an identity, but that was 100 years ago! More recently it depends. The internet also. It’s permanent evolution. If there is no evolution then you forget about it.

To what extent do you think the internet has affected fashion?
You must not compare the difference, because times are different. People think it was better before, no, it was just different before. The world was different.

Ok, now it’s time for the really stupid questions.
At least you know your level!

Well, it’s very hard to think up questions for someone who has been questioned as much as you. So, do you have a favourite animal?
Yes, Choupette.

Apart from Choupette?
I like cows.

Because my father was a milkman.

Have you ever milked a cow?
No, no, no, that is disgusting. I don’t get physical! Haha.

Could you describe yourself in three words?
No, I think I would need several volumes. If I only have three words then I better be speechless, no?

Have you ever played the lottery?
No, I only believe in hard work. I don’t believe in lotteries.

Brilliant, there you go. That wasn’t so bad, was it?

Thank you!
No, thank you. It’s been fun!