Today is the Birthday of Karl Lagerfeld, one of the fashion icons of our time, and the funny thing is that nobody is sure how old he is. According to some sources he turns 80 today.
Karl Lagerfeld is a German fashion designer, artist and photographer based in Paris. He is the head designer and creative director for the fashion house Chanel as well as the Italian house Fendi, in addition to having his own label fashion house. Wikipedia
Outside of his fashion world, Karl enjoys learning languages and speaks fluent German, English, French and Italian. His other passions include antiques and photography, and he considers himself a workaholic – totally in love with his job!
“I am never satisfied with myself and that is what keeps me going – I have no post-satisfaction”.
Did you know that…:
• In 1955, at the age of 17, Lagerfeld worked at Pierre Balmain, after winning a competition. He then worked for Jean Patou, Krizia, Charles Jourdan and Valentino.
• He joined Fendi and, during the 1970s, he worked with Chloe.
• He joined Chanel in 1983, returning briefly to Chloe in 1993 to replace outgoing designer Martine Sitbon. At Chanel in the early 1980s he did what few thought possible: He returned what was perceived to be a near-dead brand back to life with a revamped popular ready-to-wear lineup.
• Chanel is owned by the Wertheimer family, so results are not revealed, but its wealth is assumed to exceed all other houses and in the process changed the face of fashion, igniting an interest in old labels. ‘In a way, I invented a kind of blueprint for this kind of revival,’ he says. ‘Gucci came later and the others all started later. For that I was the first. Not that it is important to be the first. What is important is that it works’.
• In 1993, he caused US Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour to walk out of his Milan Fashion Week runway show when he employed strippers and adult film star Moana Pozzi to model his black-and-white collection for Fendi. But now they are very good friends and he even designed Chanel tweed jacket called Anna, which you can check in th emovie the September issue.
• There was much controversy from Lagerfeld’s use of a verse from the Qur’an in his spring 1994 couture collection for Chanel, despite apologies from the designer and the fashion house.
• In 2001 he lost 42kg in 13 months he explained it this way:
“…I suddenly wanted to dress differently, to wear clothes designed by Hedi Slimane. But these fashions, modeled by very, very slim boys—and not men my age—required me to lose at least 40 kg. It took me exactly thirteen months.” That could be a reason he sometimes give comments about people who are overweight, he believes that everyone can lose weight and be slim if they want to.
Hi controversial quotes:
• Karl Lagerfeld says Pippa Middleton should only show her back.
“Kate Middleton has a nice silhouette and she is the right girl for that boy. I like that kind of woman, I like romantic beauties. On the other hand, her sister struggles. I don’t like the sister’s face. She should only show her back.”
• On model, Heidi Klum:
“I don’t know Heidi Klum. She was never known in France. Claudia Schiffer also doesn’t know who she is.”
• On women who object to seeing thin models in fashion magazines:
“They are fat mummies sitting with their bags of crisps in front of the television, saying that thin models are ugly”.
• “Sweatpants are a sign of defeat. You lost control of your life so you bought some sweatpants.”
• About children:
“They grow so fast, and having adult children makes you look 100 years old. I don’t want that.”
For the record, though he’s big on technology, two modern things he doesn’t like: Facebook and Twitter. ‘They lose a lot of time these people, and they become stupid because they nearly tell you they’re going to the bathroom, eh?’
HAPPY BIRTHDAY KARL!