As the fashion world mourns for Chanel and Fendi’s imitable creative head, Karl Lagerfeld, we’re reflecting on some of his best moments. From his fashion shows to his iconic designs, Lagerfeld had a way with visuals that no other creative director has yet to rival. Incredible in his fashionable visions, Lagerfeld was often labeled a genius in his field, with good reason. But aside from his sartorial concepts and incredible aptitude for fashion, Lagerfeld was known for one other thing: his extraordinary way with words.
Whether it was dishing out life advice or critiquing a dress, the designer knew how to get his point across. Below, we’ve rounded up some of his best quotes, from the outrageous to the wise.
On the way he works with other people: “I am a sort of vampire, taking the blood of other people.”
On tracksuits: “Sweatpants are a sign of defeat. You lost control of your life so you bought some sweatpants.
On being alone: “I live in a set, with the curtains of the stage closed with no audience - but who cares?”
On his image: “I am like a caricature of myself, and I like that.”
On personal style: “Chic is a kind of mayonnaise, either it tastes, or it doesn't.”
On famously loving Hedi Slimane: “I lost 200lb to wear suits by Hedi Slimane.”
On his love of luxury: “When I was four I asked my mother for a valet for my birthday.
On Apple: “The iPod is genius. I have 300.”
On what he thinks before a show: “I have no human feelings.
On interior design: “The most important piece in the house is the garbage can.”
On not having any children: “They grow so fast, and having adult children makes you look 100 years old. I don’t want that.”
On saying no to 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.”
On bedtime clothing: “When I was a child, my mother always told me that you could wake up in the middle of the night and be deathly sick, so you always have to be impeccable. I laugh about it now, but I think everyone should go to bed like they have a date at the door.”
On faxing (in 2010): “People I'm really friendly with have faxes. Anna Wintour has one.”
On working hard as a designer: “Nobody is forced to do this job and if they don't like it, they should do another one. If it's too much, do something else. But don't start doing it and then say, 'Aaaah, it's too much'. Because a lot of people depend on it.”
On wedding dresses: “Normally, I don't recommend me for wedding dresses - they all get a divorce.”