Karl Lagerfeld is in Japan this week to stage the Chanel spring couture show in Tokyo (no word on whether he'll reconstruct the airplane-cum-runway). He'll stay there for a few days for some other Chanel events during Tokyo fashion week and to support the country one year after the devastating tsunami. As usual, he had some funny things to say.
At a party to celebrate the opening of "The Little Black Jacket" art exhibition, he told WWD, "This is a special homage for Japan because after what happened, I thought it was a nice thing to do for Japan," adding, "I think they survived it pretty well and did it with great style and as a country [others] could learn from them.”
This was Lagerfeld's first visit to the country in eight years, and he had some observations about how he thinks the Japanese people have changed, thanks to, um, cake:
It’s changed a lot but it’s changed for the better I think. I noticed that people became bigger than before because now they eat more cake and sweets and things like this that they didn’t do in the past. There’s a real change in the look of the Japanese people. Normally, before, they were all tiny. It’s the kind of beauty you get from junk food."
Suddenly we want some cake.