Karl Lagerfeld’s official guest-edited Paris Metro dropped today, and it features profiles on Lagerfeld faves Carine Roitfeld, Haider Ackermann, Florence Welch, and Azealia Banks. But no interview is ever as good as one with Karl himself–as evidenced by his controversial comments about Adele and Mrs. O that went up on Metro’s US site yesterday. Well, there’s more. Metro interviewed Karl and got him to talk about his sex life, among other things. (Got a good picture in your head now? Sorry!)
Read on for the highlights. And remember this free daily has a readership of 17.1 million people. The Kaiser even helped hand them out himself.
On being human:
I look the part. But I’m not that human, hmm? But more down to earth than me you will never find. You cannot be more down to earth.
On not listening to advice:
When I did H&M, everyone said don’t do it. And it worked. When I took over Chanel, everyone said to me, don’t do it, it’s dead, it doesn’t work. It worked beyond. So I better not listen to people and follow only my instincts.
On online shopping:
Not personally, I don’t do it because I don’t have the Internet, you know. I don’t do the Internet myself but everyone around me does it for me. And if I want to buy, I buy things from the Internet but it’s not me personally. I don’t give the number of my credit card and all those things.
On why people have meetings:
Salary justification. That’s why people meet for hours. Whenever they want to talk to me, they meet for hours.
On what influences him:
You know, don’t put influence into words. Influence has another name and that’s called copying. You see? It’s in the air, I don’t know. I’m like a TV antenna.
On his sex drive (this one requires the full excerpt):
No, I’m not very much interested in that. But it’s not a question of time, people can make quickies you know. [laughs] If you ask this kind of question, you get this kind of answer [laughs.]
Metro: Quickies can be fun.
Good, good, good! I find you talk like Europeans [laughs.] I think sex is an overrated subject.
Metro: But it’s the French way, though.
You know, I’m not French. I’m a bloody German.
On children and the next generation:
That’s why I don’t have children, mmm? There’s nothing to pass down because everybody has to invent his own thing…I have a godson, who is small, 3 ½ years old, genius. He’s got real personality and his parents have no authority. He loves clothes. He wants everything like me. He sleeps with his gloves and goes to school with black glasses on. It’s so funny.
On having pets:
Yes, but they die so I don’t like them.
[Ed. note: But what about Choupette?]
On fearing death:
I couldn’t care less…The only thing is I don’t want to be seen dead, huh? So anyway, over, over. The battery is finished, huh, puft.