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A collection of famous quotes by Karl Lagerfeld on fashion, photography, women, love and life.

74 Famous Quotes By Karl Lagerfeld That Reflect His World View.

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A fashion architect who is known to keep his birthday veiled, but who cares about his age when the trends he incorporates in our lives become ageless. Yes, we are talking about none other than Karl Lagerfeld, the couturier who has been called the “unparalleled interpreter of the mood of the moment” by Vogue magazine.

Illustrator Tiffany Cooper has come up with a caricatured biography of Lagerfeld entitled “Karl’s Secrets” and this is how we get to know that this fashion designer finds comfort working in his nightshirt and hotel slippers, and when it comes to manicure, he does it himself.
Well, fashion is not just a seven letter word for Karl and he does not settle for anything but what suits the best no matter what. This is quite evident from an incident which he recounts as:

“I remember one time in winter in 1956--it was beyond cold. And I went to see my father at the George V with only a suit on...He said to me, "But you will die! You will get pneumonia!" And I said, "I prefer to die than to wear another coat than the robe style in blue cashmere in the Dorian Gray window. If not that one, I prefer to freeze." So he bought the coat.”

We bring you striking quotes by Karl Lagerfeld that reflect his world view..

Никогда не говорите: Я мог это сделать. Ведь вы этого не сделали

- Karl Lagerfeld

When I was younger I wanted to be a caricaturist. In the end, I’ve become a caricature.

- Karl Lagerfeld

Books are a hard-bound drug with no danger of an overdose i'm the happy victim of books

- Karl Lagerfeld

Respect is not creative ... Chanel is an institution, and you have to treat an institution like a whore — and then you get something out of her.

- Karl Lagerfeld

Keep the best, forget the rest.

- Karl Lagerfeld

Think pink but don't wear it

- Karl Lagerfeld

I'm very severe with myself and sometimes I miss French cheese, but in your world it's not exactly the same thing.

- Karl Lagerfeld

Ma curiosit est insatiable, je vampirise l’air du temps.

- Karl Lagerfeld

I would like to be a one-man multinational fashion phenomenon.

- Karl Lagerfeld

Change is the healthiest way to survive

- Karl Lagerfeld

I'm very much down to earth - just not this earth.

- Karl Lagerfeld

I buy my shoes a size too small. I like the way it feels.

- Karl Lagerfeld

If you throw money out of the window throw it out with joy. Don’t say: 'one shouldn't do that' - that is bourgeois.

- Karl Lagerfeld

For me, Chanel is like music. There are certain notes and you have to make another tune with them

- Karl Lagerfeld

I'm never content with what I do. I live in a sort of permanent dissatisfaction. I think that's the secret to doing things well.

- Karl Lagerfeld

Success nullifies. You then have to do it again, preferably differently

- Karl Lagerfeld

These are fat mummies sitting with their bags of crisps in front of the television, saying that thin models are ugly. Fashion is about dreams and illusions, and no one wants to see round women.

- Karl Lagerfeld

What is the worst is a fashion designer who talks all the time of his or her creativity, what they are, how they evolved. Just do it and shut up.

- Karl Lagerfeld

If you stick to something doggedly, you are off to a bad start.

- Karl Lagerfeld

There will never be a chanel collection without black

- Karl Lagerfeld

Forgiveness isn’t something I’m preoccupied with — turning the other cheek isn’t my trip.

- Karl Lagerfeld

Chanel is an institution, and you have to treat an institution like a whore – and then you get something out of her

- Karl Lagerfeld

Fashion is neither moral or immoral, but it is for rebuilding the morale.

- Karl Lagerfeld

Fashion is about two things: the evolution and the opposite.

- Karl Lagerfeld

Fashion is about going ahead, not about memory.

- Karl Lagerfeld

I do my job like I breathe — so if I can’t breathe I’m in trouble.

- Karl Lagerfeld

Logos and branding are so important. In a big part of the world, people cannot read French or English--but are great in remembering signs

- Karl Lagerfeld

The French say you get hungry when you’re eating, and I get inspired when I’m working. It’s my engine

- Karl Lagerfeld

I'm open to everything. When you start to criticize the times you live in, your time is over.

- Karl Lagerfeld

The elegance is as physical, as moral quality that has nothing common with the clothing. You can see a countrywoman more elegant than one so called elegant woman.

- Karl Lagerfeld

Fashion is ephemeral, dangerous and unfair.

- Karl Lagerfeld

For every book you buy, you should buy the time to read it.

- Karl Lagerfeld

Don’t overact the story of your name. Overact the story of your work.

- Karl Lagerfeld

I'm very down to Earth, I'm just not from this Earth.

- Karl Lagerfeld

Stuff your brain with knowledge.

- Karl Lagerfeld

I don't like standard beauty - there is no beauty without strangeness.

- Karl Lagerfeld

When people want to be liked for what they did, they should stop.

- Karl Lagerfeld

Fashion and music are the same, because music express its period too.

- Karl Lagerfeld

Guilty feelings about clothes are totally unnecessary. A lot of people earn their living by making clothes, so you should never feel bad.

- Karl Lagerfeld

Reinvent new combinations of what you already own. Improvise. Become more creative. Not because you have to, but because you want to. Evolution is the secret for the next step.

- Karl Lagerfeld

Buy what you don’t have yet, or what you really want, which can be mixed with what you already own. Buy only because something excites you, not just for the simple act of shopping.

- Karl Lagerfeld

You cannot fake chic but you can be chic and fake fur

- Karl Lagerfeld

In a meat-eating world, wearing leather for shoes and even clothes, the discussion of fur is childish.

- Karl Lagerfeld

Fashion does not have to prove that it is serious. It is the proof that intelligent frivolity can be something creative and positive

- Karl Lagerfeld

Like poetry, fashion does not state anything. It merely suggests

- Karl Lagerfeld

Luxury is the ease of a t-shirt in a very expensive dress.

- Karl Lagerfeld

Youthfulness is about how you live not when you were born.

- Karl Lagerfeld

Absurdity and anti—absurdity are the two poles of creative energy.

- Karl Lagerfeld

I want everyone to wear what they want and mix it in their own way. That, to me, is what is modern.

- Karl Lagerfeld

We need houses as we need clothes, architecture stimulates fashion. It’s like hunger and thirst — you need them both.

- Karl Lagerfeld

Forgiveness is too easy. I can forget by indifference, but not forgive. I prefer revenge.

- Karl Lagerfeld

The secret to modeling is not being perfect. What one needs is a face that people can identify in a second. You have to be given what’s needed by nature, and what’s needed is to bring something new.

- Karl Lagerfeld

I like to reinvent myself — it’s part of my job.

- Karl Lagerfeld

When people talk about the good old days, I say to people, 'It's not the days that are old, it's you that's old.' I hate the good old days. What is important is that today is good.

- Karl Lagerfeld

Clear thinking at the wrong moment can stifle creativity.

- Karl Lagerfeld

I am a fashion person, and fashion is not only about clothes -- it's about all kinds of change

- Karl Lagerfeld

The woman is the most perfect doll that i have dressed with delight and admiration.

- Karl Lagerfeld

Music gives color to the air of the moment.

- Karl Lagerfeld

Fashion is a language that creates itself in clothes to interpret reality.

- Karl Lagerfeld

The iPod completely changed the way people approach music.

- Karl Lagerfeld

I’m very much down to earth, just not this earth.

- Karl Lagerfeld

I love classic beauty. It’s an idea of beauty with no standard.

- Karl Lagerfeld

Books are a hard-bound drug with no danger of an overdose. I am the happy victim of books.

- Karl Lagerfeld

People who say that yesterday was better than today are ultimately devaluing their own existence.

- Karl Lagerfeld

Sweatpants are a sign of defeat. You lost control of your life so you bought some sweatpants.

- Karl Lagerfeld

Don't look to the approval of others for your mental stability

- Karl Lagerfeld

A respectable appearance is sufficient to make people more interested in your soul

- Karl Lagerfeld

One is never over-dressed or underdressed with a Little Black Dress.

- Karl Lagerfeld

People who do a job that claims to be creative have to be alone to recharge their batteries. You can’t live 24 hours a day in the spotlight and remain creative. For people like me, solitude is a victory.

- Karl Lagerfeld

We live in a dark and romantic and quite tragic world.

- Karl Lagerfeld

Dieting is the only game where you win when you lose!

- Karl Lagerfeld

The only love that I really believe in is a mother’s love for her children.

- Karl Lagerfeld

Don’t sacrifice yourself too much, because if you sacrifice too much there’s nothing else you can give and nobody will care for you.

- Karl Lagerfeld

What i like about photographs is that they capture a moment that’s gone forever, impossible to reproduce.

- Karl Lagerfeld