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According to Karl Lagerfeld: His most outrageous (and famous) quotes he leaves behind

20 February 2019

WORDS BY Fashion Quarterly New Zealand

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Creative director for Chanel and Fendi, photographer, fashion designer, and artist, are just a few of the notable achievements that contributed to defining the fashion mogul Karl Lagerfeld.

With an undeniable passion, raw creative talent and unique approach to fashion, the passing of Lagerfeld aged 85 on February 20, 2019, has spurred a collective reaction from all who knew him: recognising his overwhelming contribution to the world of fashion and the void he has and will continue to leave.

In the absence of all of the right things we could say about Karl Lagerfeld, we thought we’d let the man himself do the honour, given his many iconic quotes which paint his personality, vividly.

Here are some of our favourite outrageous quotes said by Lagerfeld, (from which there were many):


“Sweatpants are a sign of defeat. You lost control of your life so you bought some sweatpants.” (The World According to Karl)

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“I’m rather pro-prostitution. I admire people who do it. It can’t be much fun. Thank goodness for it. People need relief or they become murderers.” (Refinery29)

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“Chic is a kind of mayonnaise, either it tastes, or it doesn’t.” (Vogue)

“The discussion of fur is childish.” (Vogue)

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“I am very much down to Earth. Just not this earth.” (BBC)

“I am a sort of vampire, taking the blood of other people.” (The Observer Magazine)


On selfies; “They are this horrible thing where you are distorted. The chin is too big, the head is too small. No, this is electronic masturbation.” (The Guardian)

“Vanity is the healthiest thing in life.” (The Guardian)


“Don’t dress to kill, dress to survive.” (Twitter)

“I am a kind of fashion nymphomaniac who never gets an orgasm.” (Reuters)

Compiled by: Maxine Fourie
Images: Getty

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