​karl speaks his mind on fur, fashion and the future

The designer, not known for keeping his opinions to himself, caused controversy when he spoke out in defence of the fur industry to The New York Times this week.

by Tish Weinstock
05 March 2015, 4:05pm

He's said that Pippa Middleton should only show her back in public and famously once called Adele fat, and now it seems King Karl is back to his old tricks. Forget what Kanye taught us, judging from the designer's most recent interview with the New York Times, it's all about lessons from Karl Lagerfeld. Attention all, class has begun!

How to handle stress
"I don't believe in it. It's a job, one should not become hysterical."

Why designers shouldn't call themselves artists
"If you want to do art, then show it in a gallery… I'm a designer, I do photos, I do books, I'm a publisher, but I don't have the self-proclaimed label 'artist.' I hate that. Very pretentious. If other people say it, it's very flattering, but if you start to say it yourself, you better forget about it."

Why you should never ask for a man's opinions
"I'm not crazy to discuss fashion with men. I couldn't care less about their opinion."

On selfies
"I don't do selfies. But other people do, and they all want to do selfies with me. No, no, no. Thank God, Sébastien, my assistant, he's mean to the people in the street, mean and rude. I'm a nice person."

Why the fur debate is more complex than you think
"The problem with fur... It's very easy to say no fur, no fur, no fur, but it's an industry. Who will pay for all the unemployment of the people if you suppress the industry of the fur? The hunters in the north for the sable, they have no other job, there is nothing else to do…I hate the idea of killing animals in a horrible way, but I think all that improved a lot. I think a butcher shop is even worse. It's like visiting a murder. It's horrible, no? So I prefer not to know it."

Why you should always look to the future
"This is one of the sicknesses of our period, to look back. No, forget about it. Fashion is now and tomorrow. Who cares about the past?"

Read the whole interview here


Photography Harry Carr

Karl Lagerfeld
new york times