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18 New Things We Learned About Karl Lagerfeld

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The Daily picked up the November issue of U.K. Vogue and, as usual, the Kaiser gave good quote. The most relevant revelations, here!

Choupette has maids…
And they text him pics of her: “The people around me I can really trust. Even the people in my house. My maids. Or Choupette’s.”

He won’t be providing his DNA for research
“I was asked by somebody to do this, because they think I’m not normal. But I flatly refused. Unique pieces are unique pieces. But I think very flattering, huh? I was asked for skincare for men because they think I am remade. I am all fake but not remade.”

The Kaiser is kinder-friendly…
“I am very well with other people’s, like my famous godson [Hudson Kroenig, 7, who is often spotted at Chanel shows]. You know Vanity Fair makes an article about him since they saw him dancing and singing with Pharrell in New York?”

Designers who complain are a pet hate…
“I hate the designers who take the money and then go, ‘It’s too much!’ For me, it’s normal. But I’m not normal. If you think it’s too many [shows], you don’t take those contracts.”

He’ll never get fired…
You know my contracts with Fendi and Chanel are for life? I’m pretty lucky that I can do what I like best in perfect conditions. I don’t have to fight with anybody.  And I don’t feel tired at all. I hate slow people. Horrible.”

He prefers fashion to weapons…
“Luxury is the best way to get the money out of people’s pockets. Luxury is to spend a lot on what you really don’t need. But it’s an industry and there’s nothing bad about that. I prefer to make clothes than arms. Maybe you can be dressed to kill… but dresses, they don’t kill anybody.”

Gambling is in his genes…
His mother was a gambler, he told Vogue, so his father would buy houses in different districts of Germany to intercept her habit, because it was illegal to gamble where you lived. Karl used to try his hand in Monaco, but not anymore. “[Casinos] have changed. Now they are sloppy. You get the feeling the people there have to pay the rent with what they win.”

His parents wished he was Russian…
“My father lived in Vladivostok and regretted that he wasn’t Russian. He wanted me to be Russian. We had to eat borscht once a week because he loved it. I hate Russian food. I like the idea of Russia but I hate what it has become today.”

He made a 3-D jacket…
“The idea is to take the most iconic jacket of the 20th century and make it in a way that couldn’t have been made until the 21st,” he said of the computer generated fused powder with quilted surface and piping creation.

Copycats flatter him…
“As long as I have done it before. It’s OK with me.”

He gave Ines de la Fressange’s daughter an iPod…
“She has not the same pocket money.”

Flying solo is his preference…
“I love to be alone. If you are sick and old with no money then it must be hard, but in my case it is the height of luxury.”

He is ageless…
“A woman has the age she deserves. Ageing is a state of mind, one must keep enthusiasm and curiosity. ”

He was the favorite child…
“I was the only liked child. I could do what I wanted but I was an easy child. I only sketched and wanted to learn languages so I spoke French when I was six. My parents weren’t interested [in my siblings]. They were troublemakers.”

School was so not his thing…
The Kaiser left early and picked up the International Wool Secretariat prize in 1954 at 21. “Balmain, who was one of the judges, asked me if I wanted to work in his studio and my parents said, ‘Yes, OK, but if it doesn’t work, then you go back to school. So I worked because I hate to be taught. I like to teach myself. “

He likes his peeps young…
“I have friends from a younger generation. My generation all talk about their health.” A fortune-teller told him at 18, “For you, it really starts when it stops for the others.”

He doesn’t party…
“I don’t smoke, I don’t drink, I have never taken drugs. In the Sixties and Seventies, if you were not drinking and smoking and taking drugs, it was difficult. I like the idea that I was behind a glass wall that protected me.”

He’s not exactly a fan of London…
“London is for the English. Remember the line when Régine opened her nightclub in London? ‘Where the middle class can meet the Middle East,’ huh?”

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