When Karl met VICE . . .

17 March 2010

Now. Who was it who said that 2010 was shaping up to be the year of the odd couple? We don’t know but look at this match made in, errr, Fashwan land.

Karl Lagerfeld – enigmatic German fashion designer and all round guru of self improvement, autodidact, teetotal collector of books, and fluent in four languages.

Likes – strict diets, buff male models, elegantly dressed ladies in tweed boucle, posh handbags and icebergs.

Dislikes – excess weight, sloppiness, taking off his sunglasses and modern methods of communication such as mobile telephones.

Gets together with

viceland.com – the anarchic, anti-establishment, anti-fashion lifestyle website. Likes – ladies wearing little or no clothes, articles about boozing, skateboards, messy student houses and scientific articles written about the different categories of farts.

Dislikes – girls wrapped up in too many layers of clothes, going to bed early, brushing your teeth in anything other than whisky.

Who’da thunk it?

Well – this interview was extremely comprehensive and a ripping read – (although, obsessive Karl followers like Grazia Daily have noticed Herr Lagerfeld, not known for his environmental credentials, does like to recycle his quotes)

Here are some of the highlights –

The interviewer, errr ‘arty’ photographer Bruce LaBruce introduces his subject

“I have to confess that I wasn’t an expert about the fabled fashion kingpin prior to Vice’s proposition, but I did know that for a [gay person] it was tantamount to an audience with the Pope!” – indeed Bruce.

Karl reflecting on the nature of his own fame; “Now I cannot cross the street. I cannot go anywhere. Never ever. People wait in front of my house”

Karl reflecting on his own genius “If I were pretentious I would say that I’m not an average person”


Bruce reassures Karl “I don’t think its necessarily bad to be pretentious”

Karl on his childhood “I was very much like a grown-up. I have photos of me as a child wearing a tie, and it’s the same as I am today”

Karl on exactly HOW annoying he finds people asking him to take off his sunglasses – “I had an interview once with some German journalist—some horrible, ugly woman. She wore a yellow sweater that was kind of see-through. She had huge tits and a huge black bra, and she said to me, “It’s impolite; remove your glasses.” I said, “Do I ask you to remove your bra?”

That told her, Karl!

And Bruce, with his diagnosis of Karl – “I think that you might have Asperger’s syndrome. Do you know what that is? It’s a kind of autism. It’s like an idiot savant”.
And Karl’s response – “That’s exactly what I am”

And on fax machines “I hate telephones. I prefer faxes because I like to write. People I’m friendly with have faxes. Anna Wintour has one. We speak via fax”

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- Naomi Attwood


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