Karl Lagerfeld Nicknamed His Favorite Website “FASHIONHARP”


Few designers are as synonymous with luxury fashion as the late Chanel creative director Karl Lagerfeld.

On Tuesday 19 February, Chanel confirmed the German fashion designer and photographer had passed away at the age of 85.

After launching a career in fashion at the age of 17 as the assistant to French designer Pierre Balmain, Lagerfeld etched out an incomparable reputation for himself in the fashion industry at brands such as Fendi, Chloe, and, of course, Chanel



However, while Largerfeld has been celebrated for his sartorial and artistic prowess, however, he has equally become infamous for his quotes on everything from fashion, celebrities, and body diversity, and not all positive. 

From describing sweatpants as a “sign of defeat” to saying singer Adele is “a little too fat, but she has a beautiful face and a divine voice”, click in the gallery above to find out all of Karl Lagerfeld’s most unforgettable quotes.



I love to consider myself a ‘freelance’. This word is the union of ‘free’, free, as I always wanted to be, and ‘lance’, which recalls the French word ‘lancé’, as it was once defined as a courtly ambition. I feel so, free and mercenary. 

On style:

‘Chic is a kind of mayonnaise, either it tastes, or it doesn’t.’

 On selfies:

‘I don’t do selfies. But other people do, and they all want to do selfies with me. No, no, no,’ Lagerfeld told the New York Times. ” ‘We live in a world of selfies now… Thank God, Sébastien, my assistant, he’s mean to the people in the street, mean and rude. I’m a nice person.’

On what he says:

‘Everything I say is a joke. I am a joke myself.’

On male beauty:

‘Life is not a beauty contest, some [ugly people] are great. What I hate is nasty, ugly people… the worst is ugly, short men. Women can be short, but for men it is impossible. It is something that they will not forgive in life… they are mean and they want to kill you.’

On his career:

‘Work is making a living out of being bored.’

On his working practices:

‘I am a sort of vampire, taking the blood of other people.’

On bedrooms:

‘If you see it you will think about everything except sex, because it is the unsexiest room ever. I love unsexy bedrooms.’

 On Diet Coke

‘I drink Diet Coke from the minute I get up to the minute I go to bed.’

 On intelligent women;

‘I remember a designer who said that intelligent women don’t wear her dresses. Obviously, she went bankrupt.’

On fashion and men:

‘There are not too many people with an opinion I care for. I’m not crazy to discuss fashion with men. I couldn’t care less about their opinion.’

 On his personality:

‘I am like a caricature of myself, and I like that. It is like a mask. And for me the Carnival of Venice lasts all year long.’

On style:

‘Don’t dress to kill, dress to survive.’

On being old-school:

‘I send notes. I’m not a chambermaid whom you can ring at every moment. Today, you know, most people act like they work at a switchboard in a hotel.’

On political correctness:

‘Be politically correct, but please don’t bother other people with conversation about being politically correct, because that’s the end of everything. You want to create boredom? Be politically correct in your conversation.’

 On body diversity:

‘The hole in social security, it’s also [due to] all the diseases caught by people who are too fat… no one wants to see curvy women on the runway’

On his cat, Choupette:

‘She’s like a kept woman. She has a strong personality. She has lunch and dinner with me on the table with her own food. She doesn’t want to eat on the floor’

On his fashion obsession:

‘I’m kind of a fashion nymphomaniac, but who never gets an orgasm’

On his ego:

‘I’m very much down to Earth. I’m just not from this Earth.’


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