Watch Karl Lagerfeld Speak!

25 January 2011

In spite of the fact that we’re mid-way through couture week, Chanel supremo Karl Lagerfeld has found approximately two and a half minutes to talk to the Telegraph’s Hilary Alexander and reveal some snippets about his life that Grazia Daily, naturally, falls on like a pack of fashion wolves.  

Of his work ethic, Karl says ‘I’m never pleased with myself anyway. I always think I’m lazy and could do better.’ Clearly, we disagree, and the fact that we can see glimpses of the soon-to-be-shown Chanel couture collection in the background – silver sequin skinny trousers, gorgeous layered white tulle dresses and classic black chokers, only serves to reinforce that.  

On his legendary lateness, Lagerfeld declares that he is late ‘not because I am rude or lazy. It's only because when I am with somebody I forget to look at my watch, so when you start to be late in the morning, you are late all day, because it is one thing after the other.’  

Sporting a navy blue shirt and tie with a narrow cut, grey Dior jacket, Karl also notes that ‘fashion is about change – for me as well’ and tells Hilary that he’s sporting navy this season because ‘it’s better on TV than black… It might be the reflection, I don’t know’.  

And finally, on books and music, Karl reveals that whilst he is reading mainly ‘books about languages’, he finds most of them ‘too pretentious to talk about. I don't want an intellectual image. I'm a fashion person’. On music, however, he is more willing to be drawn, telling Hilary that his current favourite musician is Anna Calvi (selected by the BBC as one of the voices of 2011, and who’s self-titled debut album was released only last week.) And then – THEN he gives Hilary the CD! Jealous is NOT the word.    

To see Karl’s comments in full, as well as Hilary’s amaze fur hat, click below.

- Alex Butt



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