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June 08, 2013  | by: Kelly Hanelt
Twitter (@KarlLagerfeld)

Twitter (@KarlLagerfeld)


He is loved, he is hated, he is lionized, he is vilified, and he is celebrated. About the only thing legendary designer Karl Lagerfeld isn’t, is ignored. Never one to keep his (often controversial, never apologetic) opinions to himself, the creative force behind Chanel has been causing a stir for decades with his commentary, whether it be on weight issues, politics, or his beloved Diet Coke.

In a matter of months, French publisher Flammation is publishing a book, Le Monde Selon Karl (translation: The World According to Karl), compiling his most notable quotables along with 80 illustrations by Charles Ameline. While we can’t expect the book to be available until autumn, here is a taste of just what a world according to Karl would look like…

Karl Lagerfeld on politics:

“I never voted in my life. I will never vote. I know too much about politics from what’s going on backstage. To vote you have to believe all that garbage that they promise you, and they can’t keep those promises. If someone gave me an Obama pin, I would just put it on.”

On fashion:

Flickr (dollydahl)

Flickr (dollydahl)

“Don’t dress to kill, dress to survive.”

“The advantage of fashion is that there is no racism.”

“Chanel is about life, dressing women for life.”

“If I could be reincarnated as a fashion accessory, it would be a shopping bag.”

“Looking like an S&M fanatic without being one is grotesque.”

“If a person cannot walk in a dress, then the dress is obsolete.”

“Fashion is ephemeral, dangerous and unfair.”

“Florals are for middle-aged women with weight problems.”

“Sunglasses are like eyeshadow, they make everything look younger and prettier.”

On his creative process:

“I am not a second option person. It is that or nothing. If it is not the way I see it I prefer not to see it.”

“Energy should always be new. There is no old energy. You cannot stock energy. You can for electricity, but not for creativity.”

On his can not’s, will not’s, have not’s, do not’s, am not’s and never’s:

“I can no longer walk in the street. That is over.”

“I didn’t play with other children.”

“I don’t do meetings.”

“I don’t want to be on the Internet” uhhh… too late for that one, Karl

“I don’t know what ‘normal’ means, anyway.”

“I never drink anything hot; I don’t like hot drinks, very strange.”

“I never fall in love.” perhaps because…

“I have no human feelings.”

On why he never had children:

“It would have been very difficult to have an ugly daughter.”

On his most controversial topic, weight:

“Yes, some people say to me, ‘you’re too skinny,’ but never a skinny person says that to me, only people who could lose a few pounds say that.”

“No one wants to see curvy women.”

“In France there are, I think, less than one percent of people who are too skinny.”

On Lady Gaga:

That's one hell of a birthday card. Twitter (@Pursuitist)

That’s one hell of a birthday card.
Twitter (@Pursuitist)

“Gaga gives the world her music and her talent, but the thing I like most is that she fights boredom and banality. She also puts forth an ever-changing, inspiring, and strong image – an image beyond fashion. She is an extreme concentration of zeitgeist, freeing us from the heavy boredom of publicly displayed political correctness by being herself more than politically correct. Something in today’s world would be missed if there would be no Lady Gaga because Gaga is a lady.”

On his fears:

“Nothing scares me more than people with some doll collection.”

On what he hates:

“I think tattoos are horrible. It’s like living in a Pucci dress full time.”

“What I hate is nasty, ugly people… the worst is ugly, short men. Women can be short, but for men it is impossible. It is something that they will not forgive in life. They are mean and they want to kill you.”

On what he actually does like:

“What I love best in life is new starts.”

On religion:

“I am a ploytheist. All present-day religions are recent, but I prefer the Greek and Roman mythology, which does without hell, without sin, and without forgiveness.”

On money:

“Never use the word ‘cheap.’ Today everyone can look chic in inexpensive clothes (the rich buy them too). There is good clothing design on every level today. You can be the chicest thing in the world in a T-shirt and jeans – it’s up to you.”

“If you throw money out the window, throw it with joy. Don’t say ‘one shouldn’t do that’ – that is bourgeois.”

On his kinda, sorta, maybe Nazi ways:

“I’m German in my mind, but from a Germany that doesn’t exist anymore.”

On his personal philosophies:

“Vanity is the healthiest thing in life.”

“Sweatpants are a sign of defeat. You lost control of your life so you bought some sweatpants.”

“The elegance is as physical, as moral quality that has nothing in common with the clothing. You can see a countrywoman more elegant than one so-called elegant woman.”

“Strong is a good thing to be in the world we live in, because if you are weak, you are a victim.”

On his self-image:

“Normal people think I’m insane.”

“I would like to be a one-man multinational fashion phenomenon.”

“I’m like a rock singer with one-night stands on the road.”

But perhaps there is a silver lining here…

“The most important thing to know about me is that everything you’re told by others is not necessarily the truth.”

Would you buy a book full of Lagerfeld’s hot wisdom?

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