You can always count on Karl Lagerfeld for a sound bite. The fashion legend seems to have to qualms about giving interviews these days - well, when it's conducted by a model like Sigrid Agren backstage at your show in Paris, why not we suppose - and always manages to spill something about his private life that's too good not to analyse. Let's take this Interview magazine piece where Karl reveals he has absolutely no regrets in life, he's currently playing the Scissor Sisters on his iPod, hasn't got a clue about unofficial Chanel muse Lily Allen's songs, and has a very deliberate pre-bed grooming routine.
Agren asks: OK. How do you look when you wake up?
Lagerfeld replies: That's why I sleep alone. My hair is curly, and that's why I have my ponytail. I look like a madman, like something out of a horror movie! But I'm very impeccable and clean before I go to bed. It's just like right before I'm going out. 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.
As for what we're guessing Agren really wanted to know and had probably worked herself up to ask him all day - how to become a supermodel - the answer's less prescriptive according to Karl.
‘You want to know what the real secret is? It's not being perfect. What one needs is a face that people can identify in a second. That's why the girls who were famous in the ‘90s can still work for advertising. People know their faces. The little blonde Russian, Sasha (Pivovarova), has a face people can remember instantly, but for other models today, people think, Is she this one or that one? It's very difficult, but, you see, in fact there is no advice, because all circumstances are very different. It depends on what you are ready to give, the kind of life you bring, what may be exciting or disappointing... You can't accuse anyone of not doing enough to help you, because, besides yourself, there's nothing anyone can do. You have to be given what's needed by nature, and what's needed is to bring something new. But it's the most... (hits hand on table) unjust... (hits hand on table) thing in the world.'
So there's hope for us yet then. Or something... [Modelinia]