Karl Lagerfeld’s Most Memorable Quotes

Karl Lagerfeld, the creative force behind Chanel, who took over from the brand’s founder, Coco Chanel, has shared his feelings on many subjects. Sometimes controversial, Lagerfeld always had something to say. He was never shy about saying how he felt. Continue reading for his most memorable quotes.

Lagerfeld hated sweatpants

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Sweatpants are a sign of defeat. You lost control of your life so you bought some sweatpants,” Lagerfeld said, according to Telegraph. Ouch.

He loved ‘unsexy’ bedrooms

In a 1973 interview, Lagerfeld discussed his bedroom. “If you see it you will think about everything except sex, because it is the unsexiest room ever. I love unsexy bedrooms.”

Being chic is like ‘mayonnaise’

While discussing his collaboration with fast fashion brand, H&M, Lagerfeld said: “Chic is a kind of mayonnaise, either it tastes, or it doesn’t.”

Lagerfeld lost weight to wear suits

“I lost 200lb to wear suits by Hedi Slimane,” Lagerfeld said in 2004 about his weight loss, according to British Vogue. In 2010, he brought up the suits again. “Well, there came this new line from Hedi Slimane at Dior that you needed to be slim to wear. It said: ‘You want this? Go back to your bones.’ And so I lost it all. I lost 88 pounds and never got them back.

He thought political correctness was boring

“Be politically correct, but please don’t bother other people with conversation about being politically correct, because that’s the end of everything. You want to create boredom? Be politically correct in your conversation.”

Lagerfeld didn’t like that ‘people butcher animals’

“It is farmers who are nice to the cows and the pigs and then kill them. It’s even more hypocritical than hunters. At least the hunters don’t flatter the animals. I don’t like that people butcher animals, but I don’t like them to butcher humans either, which is apparently very popular in the world.”

Lagerfeld was like ‘animals in the forest’

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PARIS, FRANCE – JULY 05: Karl Lagerfeld walks the runway during the Chanel Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2016-2017 show as part of Paris Fashion Week on July 5, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Victor VIRGILE/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)

“I never touch sugar, cheese, bread…It was a very good, healthy thing, the best move in my life, I think, but it’s totally effortless. I only like what I’m allowed to like. I’m beyond temptation. There is no weakness,” Lagerfeld said in 2010 about his famous diet.

“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.”

Coco Chanel would’ve hated Lagerfeld’s work

“What I’ve done, Coco Chanel would never have done. She would have hated it,” Lagerfeld wrote in his book, The World According to Karl, according to Elle.

‘Tattoos are horrible’

“I think tattoos are horrible. It’s like living in a Pucci dress full-time. If you’re young and tight, maybe it’s OK,” Lagerfeld said in 2010, according to British Vogue.

‘What I hate most in life is selfies’

“Those social networks, there’s something sad about them….It’s like a talkative mirror where people talk to themselves. And what I hate most in life is selfies,” Lagerfeld said in September 2014, according to WWD.