Designer Karl Lagerfeld who died this morning at 85, had a career in fashion spanning over 60 years, touching fashion houses including Chanel, Fendi and Chloé. Lagerfeld was known not only for his prolific fashion output, but also for his repartee, bon mots and headline-making quotes.
Full of wisdom and sharp opinions, his observations were incisive and inspiring, sometimes biting and often news-making. Here’s a look back at the 11 of the most memorable Karl Lagerfeld quotes:
11. On Taking Risks
“When I took over Chanel, everybody said to me, ‘Don’t touch it. It’s dead. There’s nothing you can do.’ And I said to myself, ‘I love that people think that. Now let’s see.’” – October 2017 (WWD Honors). See the complete interview here.
10. On Competition
Karl Lagerfeld closing his Chanel show in 1995.
“Is there something healthier than competition? If not, you fall asleep and think success, and what you did, is granted. Nothing is granted in fashion, and this is what I love about fashion.” – January 2013 (WWD CEO Summit Leadership). See the complete interview here.
9. On Choupette
Karl Lagerfeld photographing his cat, Choupette.
“She is like a kept woman. She has a strong personality. She has lunch and dinner with me on the table, with her