Karl Lagerfeld is still denying that he's retiring in 2012, and that Alber Elbaz is going to replace him. In fact, he says if he gets to choose who steps in, he'd like it to be Antwerp star Haider Ackermann. “I have a contract for life so it all depends on who I would like to hand it to. At the moment I’d say Haider Ackermann,” the Kaiser told Numero.
Clearly, Ackermann is flattered. But we have a feeling Lagerfeld won't have as much to do with the decision as he believes. Unless that's in his contract, too. (Remember what happened at Valentino?)