The Chanel cruise show was two days ago, but the golden quotes from Karl Lagerfeld are still coming. The Telegraph spent a lot of time with the designer (and music video star) during and after the outrageous Versailles-based show. And as the Kaiser is wont to do (he can’t help himself, really), he pontificated and made pronouncements about lots of things.
Here are his best quotes about everything from his brain to why he hates fashion museum exhibits.
• On the 99% affording Chanel:
“Maybe 99 per cent of the people who see the clothes will never own them, but they can buy the lipstick or the perfume.” [Ed. note: Or those Chanel logo face stickers.]
• On why luxury needs a place in the world:
“The world of luxury is another world from that of daily life. This is what the French do best; perfume, champagne – luxury. These are the exports, so we better make an effort and not believe the world is all… just normal.”
• On being called King Karl:
“In fashion we have more queens than kings.”
• On French girls:
“Quick-minded little girls like this [Georgia May Jagger and Cara Delevingne], they do not exist in France. Not any more. If they are funny then they are not French.”
• On fashion museum exhibits:
“I am against museums and exhibitions in fashion. One woman said to me – “In my world, the world of art” – so I said: “Oh, don’t you make dresses any more?” A thin smile and then: “If you call yourself an artist, then you are second-rate.”
• On red carpet dressing:
“Now, everyone is bought… Most of them (the actresses) have contracts [to wear the clothes].”
• On his famous book collection and reading:
“Yes! I am a brain-bodybuilder. Schwarzenegger of the brain.”