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Posted at 1:00 PM ET, 03/18/2010

Karl Lagerfeld on the superiority of high-class escorts and sunglasses

By Liz Kelly

Lagerfeld walks the runway after the premiere of his latest Chanel collection in Paris on March 9. (AP)

As an avid reader of Karl Lagerfeld's fake-ish* Twitter feed, I was all a-flutter when I came across this ridiculously long Q&A with Lagerfeld (thanks Gawker). In the interview, the creative force behind the houses of Chanel and Fendi and one of fashion's most entertaining and enigmatic figures, held forth about his ubiquitous sunglasses ("They're my burka"), being a celebrity ("You cannot have the butter and the money for the butter." -- what?) and more.

Some choice quotes...

On his childhood:
"I was very much like a grown-up. I have photos of me as a child wearing a tie, and it's the same as I am today. And of course I was very successful with pedophilia. I knew about it when I was ten."

Lagerfeld goes on to explain that he, at the young age of 10, created an image that attracted older men but was never actually touched since he was so adept at running away. His mother's take? "You know, darling, it's your fault. You see how you behave."

On relationships:
"... I personally only like high-class escorts. I don't like sleeping with people I really love. I don't want to sleep with them because sex cannot last, 'but affection can last forever. I think this is healthy. And for the way the rich live, this is possible. But the other world, I think they need porn. I also think it's much more difficult to perform in porn than to fake some emotion on the face as an actor.

On why he never took up smoking:
"When I was 14 I wanted to smoke because my mother smoked like mad. I wanted to smoke to look grown-up. But my mother said, 'You shouldn't smoke. Your hands are not that beautiful and that shows when you smoke.'"

A consummate slave to image, a middle-aged Lagerfeld (he's now 76) also managed to lose almost 90 pounds in order to wear the designer clothes designed for "very, very slim boys."

On his opposition to gay marriage:
"In the '60s they all said we had the right to the difference. And now, suddenly, they want a bourgeois life."


* While Lagerfeld's Twitter feed is not legit, the quotes used therein are all pulled from actually statements made by the man in the past.

By Liz Kelly  | March 18, 2010; 1:00 PM ET
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Stuffed bear done up as KL in Paris:

Must've been pre-diet (LOL!).

Posted by: Nosy_Parker | March 19, 2010 11:14 AM | Report abuse

That is awesome! Thanks Nosy.

Posted by: Liz Kelly | March 19, 2010 12:08 PM | Report abuse

De rien, Liz. Here's Carol's homepage URL (one of the blogs I visit every morning, anticipating yet another delight):
(BTW, does your friend Kim make French macarons?)

And here's the page where I found the photo of KL bear, "Bear Steps Out in Paris":

Bon appétit!

Posted by: Nosy_Parker | March 19, 2010 2:11 PM | Report abuse

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