Karl Lagerfeld’s Mother Told Him He Looked ‘Like An Old Dyke’ At Age Eight

Karl Lagerfeld wears many hats — Chanel couturier, masstige designer, beauty guru, and caregiver to the most spoiled cat in the world — but an actual hat hat? Not a chance. In the inaugural issue of M magazine, we found out this aversion dates back to a traumatic/hilarious experience the designer had as a child, when his mother told him his beloved hats made him look “like an old dyke.”

The stylish new men’s mag features Bradley Cooper on its cover, and inside writer Miles Socha delves into Karl’s grooming habits, menswear pet peeves, and whether he considers himself ambitious. Here are some of the choicest tidbits from the piece:

He is Dior Homme’s biggest customer in the world. And with good reason:

I never had one button retouched. It’s better than any bathroom scale, huh? Clothes tell the truth. Because you can lose the kilos, but you can gain weight in bad areas: You can get skinny arms and a big tummy or a flat ass. Don’t trust the scale; trust the clothes.

On why he doesn’t wear hats (besides the the fact that his ponytail gets in the way):

I love hats, in a way, but when I was a child, I’d wear Tyrolean hats, and my mother — I was something like eight — said to me, ‘You shouldn’t wear hats. You look like an old dyke.’ Do you say such things to children? She was quite funny, no?

He’s not a fan of tattoos (despite the fact that a few of his muses sport serious ink):

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, but….

You will never catch him in a pair of flip-flops — or if you do he’ll also be breaking out in hives:

Shoes have to be like gloves: flawless, impeccable. I hate sloppy footwear. What I hate most is flip-flops. I am physically allergic to flip-flops.

On whether he would call himself ‘ambitious’:

No, less than you think. But I like to be impeccably dressed. That is an ambition. I don’t want to look sloppy, because then I feel sloppy. And I think people who look sloppy are sloppy. I like the discipline of well-cut, impeccable clothes. I think it’s a very healthy discipline. Don’t dress to kill, dress to survive.

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