Karl Lagerfeld


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„Mode bleibt Mode, bis sie den Leuten aus dem Hals hängt.“


„Wer eine Jogginghose trägt, hat die Kontrolle über sein Leben verloren.“ // „Sweatpants are a sign of defeat. You lost control of your life so you bought some sweatpants.“


„Ich bin eigentlich sehr bodenständig. Ich stehe bloß nicht auf dem Boden dieser Welt.“ // „I’m very much down to earth, just not this earth.“


„Ich stand nie unter Druck. Stress – kenne ich auch nicht. Ich kenne nur Strass.“


„Ich liebe Schuhe. Ich bin kein Fetischist aber ja ich liebe Schuhe.“


„Es zeugt von geringem Niveau, teure Kleidung zu kaufen, um anderen den Reichtum zu beweisen.“


„Wir befinden uns in einer Phase des Über-Retuschierens. Manche Models enden damit, leblos auszusehen, so als ob sie gerade aus einem Bestattungsinstitut kommen. Das ganze Leben wird ihnen aus dem Gesicht genommen. Ich hasse das.“


„Der Mode entkommt man nicht. Denn auch wenn Mode aus der Mode kommt, ist das schon wieder Mode.“


„Man muss das Geld zum Fenster rauswerfen, damit es zur Haustüre wieder reinkommen kann.“


„Ich habe ja mit meiner Kollektion für H&M die günstige Designermode praktisch erfunden. Ich bin derart populaire, dass ich die ideale Figur bin für etwas Preiswertes.“


„Was heißt Urlaub? Ich brauch das nicht. Ich hasse das Wort Ferien. Im Französischen ist das noch schlimmer: vacances. Leere. Nichts ist langweiliger als Leere.“


„Ich habe das Glück, im Leben das machen zu können, was mich am meisten interessiert: Photographie, Mode und Bücher.“


„Es tut mir leid: Was ich sage, ist nur gültig, wenn ich es gerade sage.“


„Mode ist der kürzeste Reflektor des Zeitgeistes, und der ist ein verdammt launischer Geselle.“


„Ein Duft muss die besten Augenblicke des Lebens wieder wachrufen!“


„Zur Schau gestellte behaarte Männerbeine sind keine tolle Sache, und auch in afghanischen Mänteln sehen sie lächerlich aus.“


„Die Devise bei Chanel lautet: Meine Meinung ist die allgemeine Meinung. Schön ist, was mir gefällt. Ich kann mich vertun, aber leider interessiere ich mich nun einmal ausschließlich für meine eigene Vision.“


„What i like about photographs is that they capture a moment that’s gone forever, impossible to reproduce.“


„Don’t sacrifice yourself too much, because if you sacrifice too much there’s nothing else you can give and nobody will care for you.“


„The only love that I really believe in is a mother’s love for her children.“


„Never use the word „cheap“. Today everybody can look chic in inexpensive clothes (the rich buy them too). There is good clothing design on every level today. You can be the chicest thing in the world in a T-shirt and jeans — it’s up to you.“


„Dieting is the only game where you win when you lose!“


„We live in a dark and romantic and quite tragic world.“


„One is never over-dressed or underdressed with a Little Black Dress.“


„A respectable appearance is sufficient to make people more interested in your soul.“


„People who do a job that claims to be creative have to be alone to recharge their batteries. You can’t live 24 hours a day in the spotlight and remain creative. For people like me, solitude is a victory.“


„Don’t look to the approval of others for your mental stability.“


„Logos and branding are so important. In a big part of the world, people cannot read French or English–but are great in remembering signs“


„I’m open to everything. When you start to criticize the times you live in, your time is over.“


„We need houses as we need clothes, architecture stimulates fashion. It’s like hunger and thirst — you need them both.“


„People who say that yesterday was better than today are ultimately devaluing their own existence.“


„Books are a hard-bound drug with no danger of an overdose. I am the happy victim of books.“


„I love classic beauty. It’s an idea of beauty with no standard.“


„Don’t overact the story of your name. Overact the story of your work.“


„If you throw money out of the window throw it out with joy. Don’t say: ‚one shouldn’t do that‘ – that is bourgeois.“


„I like today and perhaps a little future still, but the past is really something I’m not interested in. So, as far as I’m concerned, I like only the past of things and people I don’t know. When I know, I don’t care because I knew how it was.“


„I want everyone to wear what they want and mix it in their own way. That, to me, is what is modern.“


„The iPod completely changed the way people approach music.“


„Reinvent new combinations of what you already own. Improvise. Become more creative. Not because you have to, but because you want to. Evolution is the secret for the next step.“


„Fashion and music are the same, because music express its period too.“


„Stuff your brain with knowledge.“


„These are fat mummies sitting with their bags of crisps in front of the television, saying that thin models are ugly. Fashion is about dreams and illusions, and no one wants to see round women.“


„Youthfulness is about how you live not when you were born.“


„Forgiveness is too easy. I can forget by indifference, but not forgive. I prefer revenge.“


„I don’t like standard beauty – there is no beauty without strangeness.“


„Fashion is a language that creates itself in clothes to interpret reality.“


„Music gives color to the air of the moment.“


„The French say you get hungry when you’re eating, and I get inspired when I’m working. It’s my engine.“


„Fashion does not have to prove that it is serious. It is the proof that intelligent frivolity can be something creative and positive.“


„Like poetry, fashion does not state anything. It merely suggests.“


„I do my job like I breathe — so if I can’t breathe I’m in trouble.“


„When people want to be liked for what they did, they should stop.“


„Fashion is ephemeral, dangerous and unfair.“


„For every book you buy, you should buy the time to read it.“


„The elegance is as physical, as moral quality that has nothing common with the clothing. You can see a countrywoman more elegant than one so called elegant woman.“


„Guilty feelings about clothes are totally unnecessary. A lot of people earn their living by making clothes, so you should never feel bad.“


„I like to reinvent myself — it’s part of my job.“


„I never touch sugar, cheese, bread. I only like what I’m allowed to like. I’m beyond temptation. There is no weakness. When I see tons of food in the studio, for us and for everybody, for me it’s as if this stuff was made out of plastic. The idea doesn’t even enter my mind that a human being could put that into their mouth. I’m like the animals in the forest. They don’t touch what they cannot eat.“


„Luxury is the ease of a t-shirt in a very expensive dress.“


„Success nullifies. You then have to do it again, preferably differently.“


„Chanel is an institution, and you have to treat an institution like a whore – and then you get something out of her.“


„In a meat-eating world, wearing leather for shoes and even clothes, the discussion of fur is childish.“


„Forgiveness isn’t something I’m preoccupied with — turning the other cheek isn’t my trip.“


„Buy what you don’t have yet, or what you really want, which can be mixed with what you already own. Buy only because something excites you, not just for the simple act of shopping.“


„You cannot fake chic but you can be chic and fake fur.“


„When I was younger I wanted to be a caricaturist. In the end, I’ve become a caricature.“


„Respect is not creative … Chanel is an institution, and you have to treat an institution like a whore — and then you get something out of her.“


„If you stick to something doggedly, you are off to a bad start.“


„For me, Chanel is like music. There are certain notes and you have to make another tune with them.“


„There will never be a chanel collection without black.“


„I buy my shoes a size too small. I like the way it feels.“


„What is the worst is a fashion designer who talks all the time of his or her creativity, what they are, how they evolved. Just do it and shut up.“


„The woman is the most perfect doll that i have dressed with delight and admiration.“


„I am a fashion person, and fashion is not only about clothes — it’s about all kinds of change.“


„Absurdity and anti—absurdity are the two poles of creative energy.“


„Fashion is neither moral or immoral, but it is for rebuilding the morale.“// „La mode n’est ni morale, ni amorale, mais elle est faite pour remonter le moral.“


„Clear thinking at the wrong moment can stifle creativity.“


„I had an interview once with some German journalist—some horrible, ugly woman. It was in the early days after the communists—maybe a week after—and she wore a yellow sweater that was kind of see-through. She had huge tits and a huge black bra, and she said to me, ‘It’s impolite; remove your glasses.’ I said, ‘Do I ask you to remove your bra?“


„Fashion is about two things: the evolution and the opposite.“


„Fashion is about going ahead, not about memory.“


„Think pink but don’t wear it.“


„Keep the best, forget the rest.“


„I’m never content with what I do. I live in a sort of permanent dissatisfaction. I think that’s the secret to doing things well.“


„When people talk about the good old days, I say to people, ‚It’s not the days that are old, it’s you that’s old.‘ I hate the good old days. What is important is that today is good.“


„Nehmen Sie das, was ich sage, bitte nicht so ernst. Wenn ich jetzt etwas sage, kann ich mich vielleicht morgen nicht mehr daran erinnern. Morgen bin ich schon ein ganz anderer Mensch.“


„Heute gibt es so viele modische Deutsche wie Franzosen, Italiener, Amerikaner. Außer bei den Intellektuellen. Früher, da sahen die Intellektuellen noch nach etwas aus. Aber heute sind das doch alles Schlampen – und nicht nur die Deutschen. Tut mir leid, ich hasse schmuddelige Intellektuelle.“

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