Karl Lagerfeld Would Rather Die Than Retire - We Look Back At His Most Infamous Quotes

18 October 2012 by

GALLERY>> Karl Lagerfeld's Most Infamous Lager-isms

Karl Lagerfeld, creative director of Chanel and father of [a target="_blank" href="/fashion/archive/2012/09/21/choupettes-diary--bonus-edition.htm">Choupette Lagerfeld[/a], has announced he would rather die than retire. When asked on when he's thinking of putting down the Shu Uemura-coloured designs permantently, the Kaiser had this to say: 'Why should I stop working? If I do, I'll die and it'll all be finished,' he said.

'There's something boring about people who have to go to an office for a living, I wanted to do this job since I was a child. I love fashion. I'm lucky to work in the most perfect of conditions. I can do what I want in all kinds of areas. The expenses are not expenses. I would be stupid to stop that. Work is making a living out of being bored.' We're happy to agree with you there, Karl!

This is not only great news for the fashion-minded, but also for those who wait with baited breath for what his acerbic tongue will spit out next.

Not known for mincing his words, Karl has raised eyebrows for his comments on Adele, Pippa Middleton, and most recently, anorexia in the modeling industry (or in his view, the lack thereof). He also has some interesting philosophies on eating, tracksuit bottoms and flip-flops.

As with an insulting grandmother, while we don't agree with many of Karl's 'opinions,' we gotta say we love talking about them; because a world without good ol' Lager-isms is as he says, very boring indeed.

Fashion and Art Do NOT Mix

‘I am against museums and exhibitions in fashion. One woman said to me - "In my world, the world of art" - so I said: "Oh, don't you make dresses anymore?”’ He concludes: ‘If you call yourself an artist, then you are second-rate.’

Apparently, Anorexia is Not a Problem in the Industry?

When asked how Karl felt about the issue while at the [a target="_blank" href="/fashion/archive/2012/10/12/chanels-little-black-dress-event-at-the-saatchi-gallery.htm">Chanel LBJ[/a] event, he had this to say:

‘I’m sorry to say that it's a subject I consider ridiculous for several reasons; the story with the anorexic girls - nobody works with anorexic girls, that's nothing to do with fashion. People who have that [anorexia] have problems to do with family and things like that. There are less than 1% of anorexic girls, but there more than 30% of girls in France, - I don't know about England - that are much, much overweight. And it is much more dangerous and very bad for the health. So I think today with the junk food in front of the TV it's something dangerous for the health of the girl.’

While morbid obesity is extremely unhealthy and a growing issue, Karl's opinion is obviosuly strange in the light of the fashion industry's obvious negative effect on models and young women. While he may disagree, he will have to accept the industry's changing views on the issue, which we hope will promote healthier habits!

Fat Mummies Are Taking Over, Beware!

While again being asked about the skinny issue, he had this to say: ‘Fat mummies sit there in front of the television with their chip packets and say skinny models are ugly.’

Woah, Karl! And he didn't stop there, stating that 'no one wants to see curvy women' in the fashion world. Why Karl?! We very much disagree with the Kaiser there.

Women like Salma Hayek, Christina Hendricks and Queen Beyonce prove how amazing (and enviable) curves can be, and we hope he'll eventually agree!

The Adele Debate

'She is a little too fat, but she has a beautiful face and a divine voice.' All were enraged, and Karl tried to remedy his remarks with an open-letter of apology and [a target="_blank" href="/fashion/archive/2012/04/03/karl-lagerfeld-apologies-to-adele-with-a-collection-of-chanel-bags.htm">sent an entire collection[/a] of Chanel bags to the singer. Adele stuck up for herself, and the Kaiser was properly chastened.

On His Feud with Friend and Former Chanel Muse, Ines de la Fressange

On Chanel muse Ines de la Fressange after their falling out: ‘I wish her all the luck in the world, just so long as I don't have to see her anymore or hear her spoken about.' Ouch.

His Abhorrence of Flippy-Floppies

'I am physically allergic to them.' Even if we wear them on a boat? No?

The Meaning Behind Tracksuit Bottoms

'A sign of defeat. You lost control of your life so you bought some sweatpants.' But what are we supposed to watch Girls or Downton Abbey in?!

No Kids for Karl

‘They grow so fast, and having adult children makes you look 100-years-old. I don't want that.' Guess you can't argue with that, Unkle Karl.

His Philosophy on Food

‘I'm like the animals in the forest. They don't touch what they cannot eat.' All we can picture now is Karl and Bear Grylls eating eyeballs on priceless Baroque china, and it makes sense.

Why You Must Always Look Your Best

‘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.' Righto. That's one thing about Karl Lagerfeld, he's always prepared! We'll take his word for it.

His Views on Homosexuality

Karl isn't always ready to shock. He gives a very modest account on questioning his mother on homosexuality: ‘When I was a child I asked my mother what homosexuality was about and she said — and this was 100 years ago in Germany and she was very open-minded — "It's like hair colour. It's nothing. Some people are blonde and some people have dark hair. It's not a subject." This was a very healthy attitude.' Well said.

Meaningful Goals

‘My only ambition in life ... is to wear size 28 jeans.' Not a very usual or healthy goal, but he's 'one-and-only' for a reason.

And The Sum-Up

‘Normal people think I’m insane.' Oh Karl, trust us, we wouldn't want you any other way!


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