Oh what we would have given to be a student in the lecture Karl Lagerfeld gave at the Paris' Sciences Po University this week. Even though this is a business and politics-focused university, rather than a fashion college, the lecture drew a huge crowd. Well he is the unofficial king of Paris.
Always on the pulse, Karl spoke to his audience about his current love of 16 year-old singing sensation Lorde - we're also fans of her minimalist vocals on new track 'Royals'. On the subject of music he said: 'The tragedy of my life is that I can’t play the piano. I would have loved to. I love music. My passion at the moment is [singer] Lorde, a 16-year-old. She sung for something we had. Also, I love classical music.'
Karl is a man of many muses, including Marion Cotillard, Caroline Seiber, Kirsten Dunst and Vanessa Paradis. Perhaps Lorde will be the next star to be initiated into the Chanel crew? Remember he did give Lily Allen her own Chanelegant campaign, so you never know the singer might get plastered in double Cs.
It was bad news for students hoping he might be on a recruitment drive, as he explained that he doesn't hire people but acquires them. We're not surprised - we can't really imagine a Karl Lagerfeld interview! He said: 'I hate the word hire. Most of the people who work with me came to me randomly. I did not hire them. I have a secretary who used to be my receptionist, or they are old interns. There are many people who work with me who have never worked with anyone else. It proves I’m not a monster. I have worked with my head seamstress for over 40 years. I don’t have a boss-employee kind of relationship. I don’t manage a company. They are not my employees: They are helping me to do what I do. Except having a few ideas and knowing what I want to do, I don’t know how to do many things, [but] fortunately, some people know how to do them.'
Karl's signature style is synonymous to his brand - of course we're talking about his monochrome uniform, sunglasses, silver ponytail and fingerless gloves. He revealed that the sunglasses do occasionally come off: 'Yes [I do], sometimes when I am home. I wear them because I am short-sighted though, so I need them.'
We often wonder how well Karl and Coco really would have got along. Karl reckons that Coco would have hated the Chanel that the brand is today: 'Along with the owners of Chanel, we choose to take a more violent approach to wake up the sleeping beauty. [I never met Chanel,] but she would have hated it. She hated everyone in the fashion business.' How could anyone hate you Karl and your side-kick Choupette?
Want to read more Karl-isms? Take a look at 10 of his most infamous quotes in the gallery below...