'Bad proportions... ugly hats... short skirts on fat legs.' No, not the first shows from NYFW, silly, it's Karl Lagerfeld's views about the royal wedding!
Karl has opened up about the wedding during a chat with style.com about his new line for Macy's. Although when he commented live on the day for French State TV he was polite but barbed about the outfits - saying of Prince Philip's Grenadier Guard's Uniform, par example 'Whatever you say, it's better than an ugly suit' and refusing to comment on the Queen's primrose number (for the love of God, Karl, NOT THE QUEEN), on reflection, his opinions are a whole lot more pointed... And, well, funnier.
Please find below some enormous chunks of Lagerfeld prose, which we couldn't bear to edit:
On whether he watches TV:
'I like if I'm on TV; watching it is not my specialty. I prefer what I see in my mind-I get second-rate images delivered there for free. But I'm not too bad on TV. I commented on the English [royal] wedding for the [French] state channel. Normally they don't have a huge audience, but with me doing it, we had nearly 50 percent and the others had only 30 and 20 percent. An event like that is fun to do because I can make jokes, and jokes of the lowest kind are not against my mentality. But I don't want to do it all the time, hmm?'
On the royal wedding outfits:
'But this was not a collection, this was the choices of this kind of woman for this kind of ceremony: the bad proportions, the ugly hats, the short skirts on fat legs.'
On royalty in general:
'But royalty is very trendy, no? Now it's in. It goes back to the very values you talked about before, you see? The old game coming back. People are excited by it. There is no political ideology for the moment, so they have to turn to something they can identify with'.
Amazing. Now, one dress Karl did like was the one worn by Kate Middleton (PHEW), which he has previously described thus:
'It's a bridal gown of very refined detail, much more refined than the one Diana wore.... Alexander McQueen's dresses are always very elegant. It's very pretty and relatively classic with a little touch of the 1950s that recalls Marilyn Monroe or Queen Elizabeth II's dress.... The lace is pretty, especially the embroidered veil, and the tiara not too high. It's ravishing and the length of the train is perfect.'
Well praise be for that.
- Alex Butt