A New Chanel Muse? Karl Lagerfeld Reveals Singer Lorde Is His 'Passion At The Moment'

21 November 2013 by


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...

On Andy Warhol

‘I shouldn't say this, but physically he was quite repulsive.’

On tattoos

'I think tattoos are horrible. It's like living in a Pucci dress full-time. If you're young and tight, maybe it's OK, but…'

On growing up as a diva

‘When I was four I asked my mother for a valet for my birthday’

On dressing down

 'A sign of defeat. You lost control of your life so you bought some sweatpants.'

On the skinny model debate

‘Fat mummies sit there in front of the television with their chip packets and say skinny models are ugly…no one wants to see curvy women'

On small, ugly people

 ‘Life is not a beauty contest, some [ugly people] are great. What I hate is nasty, ugly people. The worst is ugly short men. Women can be short, but for men it is impossible. It is something that they will not forgive in life - they are mean and they want to kill you.'

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.'

On Adele

‘She is a little too fat, but she has a beautiful face and a divine voice.'

On his feeling of anti-climax post-show

‘I’m a kind of fashion nymphomaniac who never gets an orgasm.’

On his sunnies

 ‘They're my burka... I'm a little shortsighted, and people, when they're shortsighted, they remove their glasses and then they look like cute little dogs who want to be adopted.’


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