Designer Interview. Karl Lagerfeld’s Interview with Lisa Armstrong. Second City Style Fashion Blog

December 5, 2007 • Fashion

(Eric Fougere/VIP Images/Corbis) Courtesy of The London Times

Who doesn’t love Karl Lagerfeld? He is everything I think a fashion personality ought to be. Every single time I’ve seen him interviewed (Charlie Rose and recently on an MSNBC panel discussion of luxury and counterfeits) I find myself laughing for days. He is really quite lovely. Well, courtesy of the The London Times Lisa Armstrong I have yet another interview to gawk at…

Here are some of my favorite quotes:(I’ve highlighted the juicy bits)

"In the 1970s, when the rest of Paris wallowed in an orgy of drugs and, well, orgies, the strikingly attractive Lagerfeld preferred to retire at the end of an evening with a good book (one legend puts his collection at 500,000). There was his great love, Jacques de Bascher, but after de Bascher died in 1989, there followed an apparent withdrawal from emotional commitment.

His chief rival at that time, Yves Saint Laurent (who came third in a competition to design a coat, behind Lagerfeld), was at the centre of a cultural Zeitgeist while Lagerfeld remained the outsider. “My choice,” he says. “I was not born to be wild. He [Saint Laurent] was the opposite of what one should do. He was a genius ruined by his entourage.” Hmm."

"My mother always said it was a good thing that I went into fashion because it proved I didn’t have any great expectations of myself, and she was right. I haven’t made an empire with my name on it. I don’t go around calling myself an artist. If anything,” he breaks off, amused by the conceit, “I’m a whore. I go wherever they pay me.”

Please read this interview. It’s marvelous.– Joanne Molina, Senior Editor

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