On February 19, 2019, a man who for many years was the main trendsetter passed away. We are, of course, talking about Karl Lagerfeld. In addition to having accomplished incredible things in the field of high fashion, the designer was a truly unique and amazing person.
In our overly tolerant 21st century, Lagerfeld was terribly straightforward. His words and actions shocked entire communities of people, forcing them to sincerely hate him, but in the end the genius was always forgiven. What statements of the great fashion designer went down in history?
“The only form of love I believe in is the love of a mother for her child.”
“Forget about the past. If you are nostalgic, then your time is over. We must adapt to the present ourselves, since it does not adapt to us.”
“You can’t look too chic or too modest in a little black dress.”
“What I love about photography is that it captures a moment that is gone forever, that cannot be reproduced.”
“I always go to bed spotlessly clean. Ever since childhood. When I was a child, my mother told me: “You can wake up in the middle of the night and die suddenly, so make sure you look your best.”
“Sweatpants are a sign of defeat. If you acquired them, it means that you have completely lost control over your own life.”
“The desire to be beautiful is actually a very dangerous motivation. I believe that a respectable appearance is enough to draw attention to your inner world and soul.”
“I have never condemned women who want a beautiful life. I have never understood men who complain that women only want money. They themselves look at well-groomed women in beautiful dresses that smell of pleasant perfume. They say beauty requires sacrifice. Lie! Beauty requires money.“
“Forgiving is too easy. I may accidentally forget, but not forgive. I prefer revenge.“
“You should do what makes you happy. Forget about money or other traps that are considered success. If you’re happy working in a village store, work. You only have one life.“
“It’s better to have a split personality than to have no personality at all.”
“A woman lacking good taste will be tasteless even in a stylish dress.”
“I hate birthdays… For me it’s an evolution. I don’t celebrate the past. I prefer the present and the future.”
“Be politically correct, but please don’t bore people with talking about political correctness, because that’s the end of everything. Want to create boredom? Be politically correct during the conversation.“
“My mother said: “Never sacrifice yourself for others.” Over the years, I realized the deep meaning of this phrase: if you sacrifice yourself to the end, there will be nothing left of you. By saving yourself and your energy, you are able to give a little, but to a lot. To those who will need you tomorrow. And after. Giving yourself completely will leave you empty. And then, not everyone is destined to be born Mother Teresa.”
“Never use the word “cheap.” Today, anyone can look good in inexpensive things, because the rich buy them too. Good design is now available in every price range. You can be the most elegant person in the world just in a T-shirt and jeans – it’s all up to you.”
“I once had an interview with a German journalist – some terrible ugly woman. She was wearing a transparent yellow sweater, through which her huge breasts and black bra were visible. She told me: “This is rude, take off your glasses.” I replied, “Am I asking you to take off your bra?”
“The thing I hate most in life is selfies. Selfie is electronic masturbation.”
„Never say, ‚I could have done it.‘ After all, you didn’t do it.”
Lagerfeld once created a dress, the upper part of which was decorated with verses from the Koran. The Muslim world was simply enraged by this attitude and decided to boycott Chanel. However, even such a bold idea of the couturier was eventually forgiven. Because the name Karl Lagerfeld itself has become a sign of quality.