Karl Lagerfeld’s Wittiest, Most Iconic, and Most Outrageous Quotes of All Time

Feb 20, 2019


It's not just Lagerfeld's sartorial service that Lagerfeld will be remembered for: his witticisms, intellect, and iconic ability the throw shade contributed to his influence as a cultural leader.

As the fashion world mourns the loss of an icon, we're taking a look back at his most memorable quotes of all time. 


On fashion: 

  • Don't dress to kill, dress to survive.

  • Sweatpants are a sign of defeat. You lost control of your life so you bought some sweatpants. 

  • Trendy is the last stage before tacky.

  • I am a fashion person, and fashion is not only about clothes- it's about all kinds of change. 

  • Never use the word "cheap". Today everybody can look chic in inexpensive clothes (the rich buy them too). There is good clothing on every level today. You can be the chicest thing in the world in a T-shirt and jeans --- it's up to you.

  • Chic is a kind of mayonnaise, either it tastes, or it doesn't. 

  • Don't use expensive clothes as a screen for your personal doubts. Be proud of yourself and not only because you wear expensive designer clothes. They are great, but lots of people are happy without them. 


On self-care:

  • 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. 

  • I'm very much down to earth, just not this earth.

On luxury: 

  • Luxury is the ease of a t-shirt in a very expensive dress.

  • Luxury bags make your life more pleasant, make your dream, give you confidence, and show your neighbors you're doing well.

On humor:

  • A sense of humor and a little lack of respect: that's what you need to make a legend survive.

  • Everything I say is a joke. I am a joke of myself.

On good conversation:

  • I hate intellectual conversation with intellectuals because I only care about my opinion.

  • I'm not crazy to discuss fashion with men. I couldn't care less about their opinion.

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