Karl Lagerfeld Quote Dump of the Day


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We're a little jealous of every interviewer who's ever gotten to sit down with Karl Lagerfeld. The fashion designer is a journalist's dream—the man is a gold mine of quotes. The latest fashion journalist to strike the Karl jackpot is editor Susannah Frankel of The Independent.

For your entertainment, here are a few highlights from Lagerfeld's most recent interview, which he gave while promoting his new collections in London.

On the crowds of people awaiting his arrival for his collection launches at Selfridges: "You know, personally, I don't even think that I'm famous... I wouldn't say I was a beginner but you're only as good, not as your last show, but your next show. I can't go into a shop without people in front of the door taking my picture on their iPhones. That's very strange to me."

On the use of his head as a branding tool: "Sometimes even I'm surprised at what can be done with my head... But I didn't do that on purpose. I see myself more like a cartoon. I wanted to become a cartoon artist when I was a child. I'm pretty good at it. 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."

On having three separate personas: "[The Karl and Karl Lagerfeld collections are] a reflection of me as a person and the others are more like an interpretation of a style. It's never mixed. Fendi never looks like Chanel, Chanel never looks like Karl Lagerfeld. I don't know how I've managed it. I think I have no personality but in fact I have three."

"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'."

And for the more of the adorableness we can't seem to get enough of—Lagerfeld dishes more on his one-year-old pet princess, Choupette.

On her career (or lack thereof) as a cat model:
"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 her fabulous life as a jet-setter and his fear of being the one to take her to the vet: "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.'"

On her separation anxiety from Papa Karl: "Choupette waits for me at the front door. She doesn't like being alone. She gets moody."

Who else would give their entire wardrobe and pinky toe (right or left, doesn't matter) for one day of pet sitting? Anyone?
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