I’m not sure what Karl Lagerfeld is more famous for; his spectacular skills as a designer, or his legendary acerbic tongue – there are some outrageous quotes by Karl Lagerfeld knocking around. It seems that barely a week goes by without Lagerfeld throwing out at least one remark that’s cutting at best, and astonishingly insulting at worst. Still, it's funny for us. Here are 15 quotes by Karl Lagerfeld – enjoy.
1. Old Muse
Lagerfeld has been particularly insulting about those closest to him – one of the most infamous quotes by Karl Lagerfeld refers to his ex-muse, Ines de la Fresseange, "I wish her all the luck in the world, just so long as I don’t have to see her anymore or hear her spoken about."
2. Short Men
"Life is not a beauty contest, some [ugly people] are great. What I hate is nasty, ugly people. The worst is ugly short men. Women can be short, but for men it is impossible. It is something that they will not forgive in life - they are mean and they want to kill you." On the disadvantages of being a short man.
3. But Does He Sparkle in the Sunlight?
"I have no human feelings," when asked how he felt before one of his fashion shows. He’s also compared himself to a vampire, taking the blood of other people.
4. Heidi Who?
"I don't know Heidi Klum. She was never known in France. Claudia Schiffer also doesn't know who she is,” on the supermodel Heidi Klum.
5. Be PC
"Be politically correct, but please don't bother other people with conversation about being politically correct, because that's the end of everything. You want to create boredom? Be politically correct in your conversation." Is this why he’s so famously rude?
6. The Fax
"People I’m really friendly with have faxes. Anna Wintour has one." Apparently, Anna Wintour is exempt from the designer’s cruel comments.
"First of all, Tina Brown’s magazine is not doing well at all. She is dying [professionally]. I’m sorry for Tina Brown, who was such a success at Vanity Fair, to go down with a shitty little paper like this. I’m sorry." After Newsweek, a publication edited by Tina Brown, dared to describe him as overrated. Don’t mess with Kaiser Karl.
8. On Tattoos
"I think tattoos are horrible. It’s like living in a Pucci dress full-time. If you're young and tight, maybe it's ok, but…" Even his fellow designers aren’t exempt.
"You know, personally, I don't even think I’m that famous. Now, Choupette really is famous. 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. She's spoiled to death. Obviously." On his famously spoilt cat.
10. Kate Vs. Pippa
"Kate Middleton has a nice silhouette. I like that kind of woman, I like romantic beauties. On the other hand, the sister struggles. I don't like the sister's face. She should only show her back." On Pippa Middleton. Saved the best until last! He did, however, bestow a rare compliment on the Middleton sisters’ mother. The designer thinks Carole Middleton is the sexiest of the family.
This is just a small selection of the Chanel designer’s quotes; other favourites include his staunch support of the age-old occupation of prostitution. So what do you think – should Karl stick to designing beautiful things and stop saying such rude things about everyone and everything? Or do you like that the designer is obviously just as eccentric and imaginative as some of his more fantastical designs?