Karl Lagerfeld: ‘What I Did, Coco Chanel Would Have Hated’

It must be so hard to be Karl Lagerfeld, constantly living in Coco Chanel’s shadow, constantly being compared, judged, and critiqued based on the image of a woman who died forty years ago. It’s like no one gives him any credit! Which is why it’s so nice to see him stick up for himself and finally speak up, as he did in this preview clip for an upcoming episode of Fashion: Backstage Pass.

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“You know, when I was asked to do it, Chanel wasn’t trendy at all. The owner said, ‘I’m not proud of the business. If you can make something, OK. If not, I’ll sell it.’ And we made something out of it because he gave me total freedom…. The label has an image. It’s up to me to update it. What I did, [Coco Chanel] never did, she would have hated.”


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