Karl Lagerfeld on His Chanel Bosses: 'They Let Me Do Anything I Want'

Other designers may have to worry about little things like, oh say, budgets or commercial success or logistics--but Karl Lagerfeld is certainly not one of them.
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Other designers may have to worry about little things like, oh say, budgets or commercial success or logistics--but Karl Lagerfeld is certainly not one of them.
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Other designers may have to worry about little things like, oh say, budgets or commercial success or logistics--but Karl Lagerfeld is certainly not one of them.

Speaking to the New York Times at Chanel's Métiers d’Art show in Scotland, Lagerfeld said, "They let me do anything I want," referring to Chanel owners the Wertheimer brothers.

Coming from the man who introduced to us some of the more improbable luxury items we've ever encountered (like the Hula-hoop bag and holder), who consistently stages over-the-top runway shows, and who rattles off no less than five kooky, clearly un-PR-approved quotes per month, we can't say we're exactly surprised.

What's interesting, though, is that giving Lagerfeld free reign seems to be working for the brand. Saint Laurent might have been following Chanel's lead when it gave Hedi Slimane the freedom to overhaul the brand, and with more and more reports trickling in about the growing pressures placed on designers, maybe more luxury brands will follow suit.