Tuesday, February 19, 2019

RIP Karl Lagerfeld

Gems from Karl Lagerfeld in this brilliant T Magazine profile:

"You are never happy in the moment when you ask yourself that question. So I don’t ask myself the question, which means I must be happy. I’ve been lucky. I didn’t finish school. I learned nothing. It is all improvisation. And yet I am not doing badly. Happiness is not something life owes you."

"When things are too positive and too sweet, it is very bad. Too peaceful is very dangerous. You fall asleep. You need to take care of your enemies. Your friends you don’t need to worry about.

"If you don’t daydream your life is a nightmare."

"I’m actually very superficial. And I work on that. I became, as you say, an icon — and this removed me from reality. I don’t go on the streets any more."

"[Alexander McQueen] was unpleasant and poorly groomed but I’m more at ease with what [Sarah Burton] does. Very poetic and very beautiful."

"In one trashy French paper they asked the reader, ‘Are you shocked that [your cat, Choupette] can make so much money?’ Eighty-two percent were shocked, so I sent the editor a letter saying I was sorry to find that 82 percent of their readers were envious people. What can I say? She is the Garbo of cats."

Photo by Jean-Baptiste Mondino for T Magazine.