Thursday, April 10, 2008

In the old days there was luxury but no market. Today there is all market and no luxury. -- Karl Lagerfeld

Excellent interview with Karl Lagerfeld in the March 2008 issue of Prestige Hong Kong.

He is so entertaining -- not many people can be so arrogant and yet so charming. How can Karl say he is "too superficial" to be bothered to comment on certain things, that he "reads 10 books at a time" and hates charity, and that he will only go places via private jet because he "cannot go on airlines because people stare at me, you have to be touched by people" and be taken seriously? Is it because we are obsessed with -- and love to hate -- arrogance, vanity, wealth, celebrity, and the social hierarchy we all create with those things?

Sure. But I think people listen to him mostly because he's honest, and extremely articulate when he's not just pared down to misanthropic soundbites, and that is respectable. He is outrageous, but if more people were as honest as I think he is, our world would be something else entirely. Our species might die out, but at least we'd all be owning it.

This interview gave me a newfound respect for Lagerfeld. He's made it in a world where you are only the sum of what other people think of you. And whether or not his cutting persona and misanthropy are a result of being in the fashion field, whether or not in the end one thinks he's just a superficial and mean bitch, some of the things he says are refreshing to read, because I really do think he means what he says. That honesty in his line of work is rare.

Haha, but speaking of misanthropic soundbites, you must check out this bit summarizing from the article what Karl can really do without in this life. Fat people. Children. The Smell of Cooking. Love. He's certainly a piece of work.

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Blogger LAS said...

I can't decide whether I hate him or really, really like him after that.

April 10, 2008 at 5:26:00 PM PDT  
Blogger saudade said...

He boggles the mind, doesn't he?

April 10, 2008 at 5:58:00 PM PDT  
Blogger LAS said...

Klaus Kinski expressed a desire to get in contact with you. Are you still on the dreaded MySpace?

April 10, 2008 at 6:53:00 PM PDT  
Blogger saudade said...


April 10, 2008 at 8:42:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Trevor said...

Saw this today at Diesel, and thought of you...

From Ingram's book database:

The Karl Lagerfeld Diet
Contributor(s): Lagerfeld, Karl (Author), Houdret, Jean-Claude (Author)

ISBN: 1576872513
EAN: 9781576872512

Publisher: powerHouse Books
US SRP: $ 19.95 US - (Discount: REG)
Binding: Paperback
Pub Date: May 2005
Publisher Marketing: The Karl Lagerfeld Diet, constructed by Dr. Jean-Claude Houdret, reveals the secret techniques of Karl Lagerfeld's amazing weight loss regimen. By first addressing the mental and behavioral causes of obesity, this book provides valuable insights and useful tips for preparing the mind and developing the willpower necessary to commit to this diet. "The Karl Lagerfeld Diet then provides one hundred twenty gourmet recipes devised by Dr. Houdret, which cover breakfast, soups, starters and salads, eggs, seafood and fish, meat, pasta and pizza, vegetables, sauces and desserts. Topping it off, Lagerfeld provides his personal tips for staying slim, attractive, and fit with additional chapters on skin care procedures, cosmetic treatments and surgery, general medical care, quitting smoking, stress management, sleep and exercise. Both an instructional guide and motivational coach, "The Karl Lagerfeld Diet is the ultimate opportunity to obtain and maintain the body that was meant to be yours.


Even Karl Lagerfield loves the easy buck...

April 11, 2008 at 7:02:00 PM PDT  
Blogger saudade said...

You saw this and thought of me? You do know that in womanspeak this means:

1) You think I'm fat
2) You want me to look like Karl Lagerfeld


April 11, 2008 at 8:30:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Trevor said...

whoa! No... *back pedals* I mean...Karl Lagerfield...he's funny...err...

aw shite. *falls into pit*


April 11, 2008 at 11:25:00 PM PDT  

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