The man everyone wants to interview because he seems to have no shortage of incredible things to say, Karl Lagerfeld, is the subject of a new piece in the Independent. In it, he discusses his fame, image, commercialism, lack of personality, and, of course, Choupette. Yes, you already know about her two maids, but did you know she flies to St. Tropez on a private jet--in the cockpit, because she likes to look at the sky? Read on for more.
On his head being turned into a branding tool:
Sometimes even I'm surprised at what can be done with my head.
But I never proposed my face [as part of the branding]. The company asked me if they could use it. I personally am too modest, if I can say that, to make such a proposition.
He says there's nothing going on beneath his surface:
You see a silhouette. There's nothing else to see. I remember a photographer saying to me, 'I have to spend three days with you to know what's behind the image'. I said, 'You're wasting your time; there's nothing there'.
On his namesake lines being commercial:
I'm very much against the idea that 'commercial' is a boring word because you cannot make a collection that nobody wears. Fashion is what people wear and what they buy. I know exactly what can be done and for what price. I know what costs what and why something is expensive or affordable. That is part of my job. I think it's very pretentious to think that you are only catering to a limited group. I am lucky, though, as I have the total range.
In the cutest part of this, and now all Karl Lagerfeld interviews, we learn even more about Choupette's jet-setting life. First of all, don't expect to see her in a Purina campaign:
She has become the most famous cat in the world. I even get propositioned by pet food companies and things like that but it's out of the question. I'm commercial. She's not.
We wonder if Lagerfeld would make an exception for a Karl-branded cat food? Anyway, Choupette also accompanies Lagerfeld to St. Tropez and has very specific flight requirements:
Choupette travels with Lagerfeld to St Tropez on his private jet "in the cockpit, with the pilot, she loves looking at the sky". She has three maids whose duties include keeping a diary of all activities and taking her to the vet for a check-up every 10 days. "I don't take her," Lagerfeld says. "I don't want her to be furious with me."
She can get a bit of an attitude. We can't imagine why since he keeps her so grounded:
Choupette waits for me at the front door. She doesn't like being alone. She gets moody.