What Karl Lagerfeld Thought About Tattoos, the Middletons

Legendary fashion designer has died
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Feb 19, 2019 9:55 AM CST
What Karl Lagerfeld Thought About Tattoos, the Middletons
In this 1996 file photo, Karl Lagerfeld is surrounded by Canadian model Linda Evangelista, left, and British model Naomi Campbell, right, as well as other models in Paris.   (AP Photo/Lionel Cironneau, File)

Fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld, who died Tuesday, was almost as famous for his biting and often controversial quips as he was for his fashion designs. Here are a few of his memorable quotes, per the AP:

  • On style: "If you come and ask me, 'I want to be chic,' there is little hope to become chic. Because there are peasants in the country who are beyond chic in their poor rags, and very rich women who are not chic in the most expensive dress." (2012)
  • On tattoos: "I think tattoos are horrible. It's like living in a Pucci dress full-time." (2012)
  • On the Middletons: "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." (2012)

  • On eating meat: "I only eat what doesn't look anymore like what it was when it was alive. I can only eat hamburgers. I am not inclined to steakhouses." (2018)
  • On his image: "I want to have a superficial image—I don't want to look serious. You can be serious, but you mustn't show it." (2018)
  • On his work ethic: "I'm never pleased with myself. I always think I'm lazy and that I could do better." (2011; Lagerfeld was famously prolific)
  • On selfies: "I don't do selfies. ... Thank God, Sebastien, my assistant, he's mean to the people in the street, mean and rude. I'm a nice person." (2015)
  • On ego: "I'm not obsessed with my name, I'm obsessed with the look." (2006)

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