Karl Lagerfeld: "I don't do internet"
And other hilarious and amazing revelations about the designer
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Karl Lagerfeld, the revered creative director behind both Chanel and Fendi, has been known to say some outrageous things, but his talent for crafting unique runway experiences maintains his authority in the fashion world. The 85-year-old designer has outlived almost everyone in his circle, and he's finally indulged us with hilarious and amazing details about his life.
In an interview with The Cut, Lagerfeld assured us that he will not be writing a memoir, as he has nothing to say and does not desire to live in his "dusty" past, revealing "I make an effort not to remember." He did, however, say that he is born to survive, but his life won't include the internet or "chicken birds."
"I only eat what doesn’t look anymore like what it was when it was alive," he explained. "I can only eat hamburgers. I am not inclined to steakhouses."
When asked if he scrolls his smartphone for information, he said that he just doesn't have the time. "I don’t do internet, I don’t do Facebook. I have to sketch, I have to play with Choupette, I have to sleep. The day is too short for that." Indeed, sketching, playing with a cat, and sleeping are time-consuming activities.
Lagerfeld also admitted to not knowing what Chanel's Instagram account looks, despite its 31 million followers, but he maintains that he reads every magazine and that "There are very few people as informed as I am."
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If you can't picture the chauffeured star behind the wheel, that's because he doesn't drive. He recounted two accidents that were both his fault, due to falling asleep, and decided to never drive himself anywhere ever again.
But it all fits into a unique philosophy he learned quite early on, which is very telling about his creative career.
"As a child I was told by my mother, you must learn nothing. You always have to depend on people, because then you have to make an effort to have the money that they will do it for you... I don’t know how to cook, I don’t know how to make a bed. I only know sketching and talking and making collections.”
If you thought that was a strange brag, he also went on to talk about the real problem with private jets: "Even if you have a big one, if you have many people [aboard], then it is a nightmare. More than three or four, forget about it." He recounted a time when he brought his assistants on his jet, claiming "It was the worst flight, because they asked for drinks and this and that." It's safe to say he would not last two seconds on a commercial flight.
In a more relatable fashion, Lagerfeld also admitted, "I love children, but other people’s children." It's always nice when you can hand them back to their parents and walk away.
Lagerfeld himself had a great upbringing, and his parents never gave him a hard time about being gay, setting an example of the brilliance that can flow when not inhibited by prejudice. "It was not even a subject. My mother said it was just like your hair color."
As for whether he's a mentor for other people, Lagerfeld says he hopes not, despite regularly working with many young people who are deeply inspired by him. He's careful to add, however, that "the people who ask themselves if they could do better than me, they all failed. I don’t give you names because they are forgotten." Yikes.
As a guru of style, Lagerfeld left some last words of wisdom that may provide greater insight into his timeless appearance: "If you want to look old, try to be young. Nothing is worse than that."
And thus, the mystery of Karl Lagerfeld—the off-the-grid, non-chicken-bird-eating, extra-private-jet-flying, helpless rich genius—unfolds.
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