Quotes by The Kaiser of Fashion

Karl Lagerfeld had the quick wit that only the greatest of intellectuals possess. Though he has left us, his genius, sense of repartee, and his humour will remain eternal. RIP.
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His opinions were as sharp and powerful as the dresses and tailors he drew. And his biting irony was as much a part of his pop culture persona as his signature suits. He sketched his contemporaries with a chic, signature style, he became the delight of publishers and TV shows around the world, and one of the fashion industry's most revered figures. The razor-sharp wit—and sometimes cruel nature—of his aphorisms mirror those of a poet or a satirist. In honor of his memory, we revisit some of the late designer's most iconic musings. 


1 - About being down to Earth:

"I am very much down to Earth. Just not this earth."

2 - The orgasm:

"I'm a kind of fashion nymphomaniac who never gets an orgasm."

3 - On being a caricature:

"I am like a caricature of myself, and I like that. It is like a mask. And for me, the Carnival of Venice lasts all year long."

4 - On vanity:

“Vanity is the healthiest thing in life.” 

5 - Life in pink:

"See life in pink, but do not wear it!"

6 - Of morality:

"Fashion is neither moral nor amoral, but it is made to cheer up." 

7 - Tattoos:

"I think tattoos are horrible. It's like living in a Pucci dress full-time."

8 - On pee:

"Pissing everywhere is not very Chanel."

9 - On sweatpants:

“Sweatpants are a sign of defeat. You lost control of your life so you bought some sweatpants.” (The World According to Karl)

10 - On his feline companion, Choupette:

“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.”

11 - On retirement

"Why should I stop working? If I do, I'll die and it'll be all finished."

12 - Life after death

"If I could be reincarnated as a fashion accessory, it would be a shopping bag."

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