In fashion, the word ´iconic´ is used loosely to describe anything,or any one. However, one person worthy of this accolade is Mr Karl Lagerfeld (otherwise known as the Kaiser Karl), who is almost as famous for his sound bites as for his lauded design work for Chanel, Fendi and his own, eponymous label.
From scathing remarks - he once described Yves Saint Laurent as "very middle-of-the-road French, very pied-noir, very provincial" - to the outlandishly over the top - "The iPod is genius. I have 300"
This week was certainly no exception as Lagerfeld expressed his distaste for the ´selfies´ or obscurely angled duck faces which have become commonplace on our social media feeds.
"They are this horrible thing where you are distorted. The chin is too big, the head is too small. No, this is electronic masturbation."
This quote, sits in well with the ongoing catalogue of ´Karlisms´, or his pearls of wisdom that he imparts to ´his public´ on an increasingly regular basis. Below are some of the diamonds in the Queen of fashion´s crown.
“The only love that I really believe in is a mother’s love for her children.”
“Never use the word “cheap”. Today everybody can look chic in inexpensive clothes (the rich buy them too). There is good clothing design on every level today. You can be the chicest thing in the world in a T-shirt and jeans — it’s up to you.”
“We live in a dark and romantic and quite tragic world.”
“People who do a job that claims to be creative have to be alone to recharge their batteries. You can’t live 24 hours a day in the spotlight and remain creative. For people like me, solitude is a victory.”
“I’m very much down to earth, just not this earth.”
“Fashion is a language that creates itself in clothes to interpret reality.”
“The woman is the most perfect doll that i have dressed with delight and admiration.”
“I like to reinvent myself — it’s part of my job.”
“The secret to modeling is not being perfect. What one needs is a face that people can identify in a second. You have to be given what’s needed by nature, and what’s needed is to bring something new.”
“We need houses as we need clothes, architecture stimulates fashion. It’s like hunger and thirst — you need them both.”
“I want everyone to wear what they want and mix it in their own way. That, to me, is what is modern.”
“Luxury is the ease of a t-shirt in a very expensive dress.”
“Absurdity and anti—absurdity are the two poles of creative energy.”
“In a meat-eating world, wearing leather for shoes and even clothes, the discussion of fur is childish.”
“Buy what you don’t have yet, or what you really want, which can be mixed with what you already own. Buy only because something excites you, not just for the simple act of shopping.”
“Reinvent new combinations of what you already own. Improvise. Become more creative. Not because you have to, but because you want to. Evolution is the secret for the next step.”
“When people want to be liked for what they did, they should stop.”
“I never touch sugar, cheese, bread. I only like what I'm allowed to like. I'm beyond temptation. There is no weakness. When I see tons of food in the studio, for us and for everybody, for me it's as if this stuff was made out of plastic. The idea doesn't even enter my mind that a human being could put that into their mouth. I'm like the animals in the forest. They don't touch what they cannot eat.”
“Fashion and music are the same, because music express its period too.”
“Stuff your brain with knowledge.”
“Don’t overact the story of your name. Overact the story of your work.”
“The elegance is as physical, as moral quality that has nothing common with the clothing. You can see a countrywoman more elegant than one so called elegant woman.”
“Fashion is about going ahead, not about memory.”
“I do my job like I breathe — so if I can’t breathe I’m in trouble.”
“Fashion is about two things: the evolution and the opposite.”
“Fashion is neither moral or immoral, but it is for rebuilding the morale.”
“I had an interview once with some German journalist—some horrible, ugly woman. It was in the early days after the communists—maybe a week after—and she wore a yellow sweater that was kind of see-through. She had huge tits and a huge black bra, and she said to me, ‘It’s impolite; remove your glasses.’ I said, ‘Do I ask you to remove your bra?”
“Forgiveness isn’t something I’m preoccupied with — turning the other cheek isn’t my trip.”
“If you stick to something doggedly, you are off to a bad start.”
“I would like to be a one-man multinational fashion phenomenon.”
“These are fat mummies sitting with their bags of crisps in front of the television, saying that thin models are ugly. Fashion is about dreams and illusions, and no one wants to see round women.”
“Slang is the suitcase of the damned, my dear. CHECK IT.”