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."