In het najaar verschijnt er een boek over modeontwerper Karl Lagerfeld en zijn meest legendarische quotes. De Franse auteurs Jean-Christophe Napias, Patrick Mauriés en Sandrine Gulbenkian hebben de quotes verzameld en voorzien - in samenwerking met de kunstenaar Charles Ameline - van meer dan 50 illustraties.
Lagerfeld staat er al sinds het begin van zijn succes om bekend heel gedurfde uitspraken te doen. Zo hebben Adele, Pippa Middleton en Michelle Obama al kritiek moeten verdragen en werden ook verschillende taboe onderwerpen niet gemeden door de creatieve directeur van Chanel.
Het boek, The World According To Karl, wordt uitgegeven door Thames & Hudson in het Verenigd Koninkrijk en ligt vanaf september in de rekken. Karl heeft officieel niet meegewerkt aan het boek, maar laat weten dat "hij zeer tevreden is met de compilatie", aldus de ontwerper tegen WWD.
Hier zijn alvast enkele legendarische uitspraken die ongetwijfeld ook in het boek terug zullen te vinden zijn.
"If you see it you will think about everything except sex, because it is the unsexiest room ever. I love unsexy bedrooms." (1973)
"I am a sort of vampire, taking the blood of other people." (1975)
"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." (2003)
"I lost 200lb to wear suits by Hedi Slimane." (2004)
"I'm rather pro-prostitution. I admire people who do it. It can't be much fun. Thank goodness for it. People need relief or they become murderers." (2007)
"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." (2007)
"When I was a child I asked my mother what homosexuality was about and she said - and this was 100 years ago in Germany and she was very open-minded - 'It's like hair colour. It's nothing. Some people are blonde and some people have dark hair. It's not a subject.' This was a very healthy attitude." (2010)
"I made a diet and my doctor made money that way. We sold nearly a million copies. I never touch sugar, cheese, bread... It was a very good, healthy thing, the best move in my life, I think, but it's totally effortless. I only like what I'm allowed to like. I'm beyond temptation. There is no weakness. When I see tons of food in the studio, for us and for everybody, for me it's as if this stuff was made out of plastic. The idea doesn't even enter my mind that a human being could put that into their mouth. I'm like the animals in the forest. They don't touch what they cannot eat." (2011)
"Kate Middleton has a nice silhouette. I like that kind of woman, I like romantic beauties. On the other hand, the sister struggles. I don't like the sister's face. She should only show her back." (2012)