Karl Admits That He Has No Personality, Is OK With Being ‘Commercial’

Karl Lagerfeld never runs out of quirky, irreverent things to say.

The Independent recently tapped the Kaiser for an interview while he was in London for the opening of his pop-up shop at Selfridge’s, and as per usual, it’s full of gems.

Karl talked about how he has multiple personalities, but freely admits that there’s nothing going on underneath the surface:

“[The Karl and Karl Lagerfeld collections are] a reflection of me as a person and [Chanel and Fendi] are more like an interpretation of a style. It’s never mixed. Fendi never looks like Chanel, Chanel never looks like Karl Lagerfeld. I don’t know how I’ve managed it. I think I have no personality but in fact I have three. You see a silhouette. There’s nothing else to see. I remember a photographer saying to me, ‘I have to spend three days with you to know what’s behind the image’. I said, ‘You’re wasting your time; there’s nothing there’.”

He shared his opinions of that word the fashion industry loves to hate:

“I’m very much against the idea that ‘commercial’ is a boring word because you cannot make a collection that nobody wears. Fashion is what people wear and what they buy. I know exactly what can be done and for what price. I know what costs what and why something is expensive or affordable. That is part of my job. I think it’s very pretentious to think that you are only catering to a limited group. I am lucky, though, as I have the total range.”

He also explained how he manages to be the creative director of both Chanel and Fendi, design his own label, and be an accomplished photographer and illustrator:

“I’m militating for a 48-hour day but that’s a problem, especially in France, with the 35-hour week. I have 35 hours of rest. But I’m not tired, so that’s okay with me. I have the job I want and the right circumstances in which to do it. Nobody has that like I do.”

And of course, the proud papa of Choupette couldn’t leave her out of the coversation:

“Now, Choupette really is famous. She has become the most famous cat in the world. I even get propositioned by pet food companies and things like that but it’s out of the question. I’m commercial. She’s not. She’s spoiled to death. Obviously. “

How, exactly, is she spoiled to death? We already know that she has two maids and plays with iPads, but she also travels to St. Tropez with Karl — “in the cockpit, with the pilot, she loves looking at the sky”. But of course.

[The Independent]

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