the world according to karl lagerfeld

To celebrate his Outstanding Achievement award we've selected our very favourite quotes from the white-haired hero himself. If life is a catwalk then Karl Lagerfeld is God.

by i-D Staff
23 November 2015, 9:45pm

I still have the furniture from my bedroom when I was a child. They are the only things I kept after my parents died. One day, when I'm a little old man, and I've shrunk, I will live with the sofa, the chest of drawers, the chairs, the table I used for writing and drawing ... and I'll sleep in my childhood bed. This Roald Dahl-esque idea is the sweetest thing we've heard in a long time. We look forward to visiting shrunken Karl in his little monochrome house.

When you hear designers complaining about the challenge of their profession, you have to say: don't get carried away - it's only dresses. Telling it to you straight since 1938.

I'd like to have a nose with a bump. It's very chic. Having famously confessed that he's a fan Kate Middleton's nose, it seems that Karl is also partial to a good bump.

A touch of humour and a bit of disrespect: that's what a legend needs to survive. The self-proclaimed legend is all about balance.

People who have never had money and say they don't like it don't know what it is. As for those who have it and don't like it they should give it back! Money is made to go round, not to bring in more money. I like people who live beyond their means, who throw money out of the window, adventurers. The danger is rich people being afraid and not spending it. As Oscar Wilde once said, "Anyone who lives within their means suffers from a lack of imagination." Reportably one of the highest paid fashion designers in the world, KL enjoys extravagance.

I don't believe too much in advice. I never got any, so I don't give any. Letting young designers find their own way to creative enlightenment, Karl keeps his words of wisdom to himself.

I am a kind of fashion nymphomaniac who never gets an orgasm. I am never satisfied. He can't get no, satisfaction.

It's always been my dream to have white hair. Dry shampoo is my cocaine. The secret behind the famous coiffure (and Karl's secret addiction) is a humble bottle of dry shampoo.

I have no human feelings. The most stylist robot in Tron.

I've always known I was made to live this way, that I would be this sort of legend. Like King Arthur, Zorro and Will Smith, Karl Lagerfeld is legend. 

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