163+ Best Karl Lagerfeld Quotes: Exclusive Selection

Karl Otto Lagerfeld was a German creative director, fashion designer, artist, photographer, and caricaturist who lived in Paris. Profoundly inspirational Karl Lagerfeld quotes will encourage growth in life, make you wiser and broaden your perspective.

Famous Karl Lagerfeld Quotes

I think tattoos are horrible. It’s like living in a Pucci dress full-time. – Karl Lagerfeld

Oh yes, I love to do shoes. I’m not a fetishist but I love to do shoes. – Karl Lagerfeld

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

Change is the healthiest way to survive. – Karl Lagerfeld

Normal people think I’m insane. – Karl Lagerfeld

My job is to bring out in people what they wouldn’t dare do themselves. – Karl Lagerfeld

My only ambition in life . . . İs to wear size 28 jeans. – Karl Lagerfeld

Kate Middleton has a nice silhouette and she is the right girl for that boy. I like that kind of woman, I like romantic beauties. On the other hand, her sister struggles. I don’t like the sister’s face. She should only show her back. – Karl Lagerfeld

I don’t care if people I admire criticize me because their opinion is valuable to me. – Karl Lagerfeld

Seduction is, first and foremost, an art form. And seduction should not always be treated as a wild celebration. In fact, it’s more of an evocation of what you do. It’s more an evocation of seduction. – Karl Lagerfeld

My hair is not really white; it’s kind of grayish, and I don’t like the color. So I make it totally white with Klorane dry shampoo. That is the best thing to do because my hair is always clean. – Karl Lagerfeld

The secret to modeling is not being perfect. What one needs is a face that people can identify in a second. You have to be given what’s needed by nature, and what’s needed is to bring something new. – Karl Lagerfeld

You cannot fake chic but you can be chic and fake fur – Karl Lagerfeld

As a child I wanted to be a grown-up. I wanted to know everything – not that I like to talk about it. I hate intellectual conversation with intellectuals because I only care about my opinion. – Karl Lagerfeld

Chanel is composed of only a few elements, white camellias, quilted bags and Austrian doorman’s jackets, pearls, chains, shoes with black toes. I use these elements like notes to play with. – Karl Lagerfeld

Logos and branding are so important. In a big part of the world, people cannot read French or English–but are great in remembering signs. – Karl Lagerfeld

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

I only go to places if I have a professional reason. I’m not a tourist. – Karl Lagerfeld

I am like a TV antenna. I catch everything that is in the air, and then I do it my way. – Karl Lagerfeld

The best way to know people is to work with them. – Karl Lagerfeld

I would like to be a one-man multinational fashion phenomenon. – Karl Lagerfeld

I hate amateurs. I hate unprofessional people. There are enough people who can do jobs decently that there’s no reason that people who cannot do them decently [should] pretend to be great at it. – Karl Lagerfeld

If you want respect for your past, it means that you have a problem with your present and even more with your future. – Karl Lagerfeld

It’s never too early to care about fashion. – Karl Lagerfeld

Life should be larger than life. Size is important to escape normalization. – Karl Lagerfeld

I hated the company of other children. I wanted to be a grownup person, to be taken seriously. I hated the idea of childhood; I thought it was a moment of endless stupidity. – Karl Lagerfeld

I am physically allergic to flip-flops – Karl Lagerfeld

I like today and perhaps a little future still, but the past is really something I’m not interested in. So, as far as I’m concerned, I like only the past of things and people I don’t know. When I know, I don’t care because I knew how it was. – Karl Lagerfeld

Don’t wear what you question, wear what you think is right for you. – Karl Lagerfeld

Don’t dress to kill, dress to survive. – Karl Lagerfeld

When you hear designers complaining about the challenge of their profession, you have to say: don’t get carried away-it’s only dresses. – Karl Lagerfeld

You have to like the present; if not your life becomes secondhand, if you think it was better before. Or that it will be better in the future. – Karl Lagerfeld

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. – Karl Lagerfeld

Chic is a kind of mayonnaise, either it tastes, or it doesn’t. – Karl Lagerfeld

Dieting is the only game where you win when you lose! – Karl Lagerfeld

I never touch sugar, cheese, bread… 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. – Karl Lagerfeld

In a meat-eating world, wearing leather for shoes and clothes and even handbags, the discussion of fur is childish. – Karl Lagerfeld

It’s great that in life you do something that you want to do because you like doing it and you’re not bored. I’m not bored at all. I’m even interested in lots of things, more so today than before. – Karl Lagerfeld

To reinvent a newly impeccable you in the most modern of outfits, don’t skip on makeup and be sure to have flawless skin and hair. That will have more impact than expensive clothes. – Karl Lagerfeld

I was never a feminist because I was never ugly enough for that. – Karl Lagerfeld

I’m not a social person. Not that I’m not at ease. I’m pretty good, but it bores me. Not the people, but the whole thing. What for? It’s not very productive. I only want to do what I have to do: fashion, photography, books. And that’s all. – Karl Lagerfeld

What I love best in life is new starts. – Karl Lagerfeld

I think it’s horrible that people have to be told. Don’t smoke! Everybody knows it’s bad for the health. But they have to forbid it. – Karl Lagerfeld

Forgiveness is too easy. I can forget by indifference, but not forgive. I prefer revenge. – Karl Lagerfeld

I like to reinvent myself — it’s part of my job. – Karl Lagerfeld

When people want to be liked for what they did, they should stop. – Karl Lagerfeld

Fashion and music are the same, because music express its period too. – Karl Lagerfeld

It’s up to you to make everyday as perfect as possible. It’s a question of will and discipline. – Karl Lagerfeld

One is never over-dressed or underdressed with a Little Black Dress. – Karl Lagerfeld

The middle has not enough class that I think about the middle class. – Karl Lagerfeld

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 color. It’s nothing. Some people are blond and some people have dark hair. It’s not a subject.’ This was a very healthy attitude. – Karl Lagerfeld

I don’t like standard beauty – there is no beauty without strangeness. – Karl Lagerfeld

Think pink, but don’t wear it. – Karl Lagerfeld

Keep the best, forget the rest. – Karl Lagerfeld

I am not a fashion victim. Fashion is my victim. – Karl Lagerfeld

I’m very much down to earth, just not this earth. – Karl Lagerfeld

I only know how to play one role: me. – Karl Lagerfeld

A respectable appearance is sufficient to make people more interested in your soul – Karl Lagerfeld

I like the idea of craziness with discipline. – Karl Lagerfeld

Youthfulness is about how you live not when you were born. – Karl Lagerfeld

People who say that yesterday was better than today are ultimately devaluing their own existence. – Karl Lagerfeld

Nothing makes you look older than attempting to look young. – Karl Lagerfeld

I think that it’s a crime to say you are bored when time is so precious and there are so many things to do in life: read, learn, watch. – Karl Lagerfeld

Dress for yourself and the man you love (if there is one). Women dressing to impress other women–forget about that. Forget about that. It’s a very bad way of thinking. – Karl Lagerfeld

Don’t look to the approval of others for your mental stability – Karl Lagerfeld

Its all about taste.If you are cheap, nothing helps – Karl Lagerfeld

Don’t sacrifice yourself too much, because if you sacrifice too much there’s nothing else you can give and nobody will care for you. – Karl Lagerfeld

Personality begins where comparison ends. – Karl Lagerfeld

Fashion is a language that creates itself in clothes to interpret reality. – Karl Lagerfeld

Fashion is the healthiest motivation for losing weight. – Karl Lagerfeld

Elegance is a physical quality. If a woman doesn’t have it naked, she’ll never it clothed. – Karl Lagerfeld

The best thing to do is dive with your imagination ~ you can never drown yourself. – Karl Lagerfeld

I am a black diamond, unfaceted. Black diamonds are rare, hard to cut, and therefore uncommercial. – Karl Lagerfeld

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. – Karl Lagerfeld

Nothing scares me more than people with some doll collection. – Karl Lagerfeld

I had nearly finished school because I was making effort not that bad on that. But there was a law in Germany after the war. You could not make your final examination before 18, so lots of people who were late because of the way had to do it first. – Karl Lagerfeld

I wanted to become a cartoon artist, a portrait artist, and an illustrator. This was my first idea. – Karl Lagerfeld

People can drink with their eyes; I can eat with my nose. – Karl Lagerfeld

I never had to learn English, French and German because I was brought up as all three languages. I had a private French teacher before I even went to school. That helped a lot. – Karl Lagerfeld

I drink Diet Coke from the minute I get up to the minute I go to bed. – Karl Lagerfeld

I never go anywhere. I do sketches and make phone calls, and people visit. It’s more fun to come to Paris. – Karl Lagerfeld

I don’t want to be on the Internet. – Karl Lagerfeld

People like me were supposed to be into exclusivity, unapproachable. That’s what I hate most. I think it’s very demode. – Karl Lagerfeld

The importance of logo into today’s fashion is un! Be! Lievable! – Karl Lagerfeld

I don’t want to look sloppy, because then I feel sloppy – Karl Lagerfeld

T-shirts for ten dollars are even more fashion today than expensive fashion. – Karl Lagerfeld

Why should I stop working? If I do, ı’ll die and it’ll all be finished. – Karl Lagerfeld

My favorite kitchen was the Japanese and the Italian kitchen. – Karl Lagerfeld

I like the discipline of well-cut, impeccable clothes. I think it’s a very healthy discipline. – Karl Lagerfeld

I have my permanent muses and my muses of the moment. – Karl Lagerfeld

I never – you know also one of the things that would save me for a man my age, it was not that easy to lose that much weight and fall down and look like something draped. – Karl Lagerfeld

A collection is not just one basic idea. It comes from something that is in the air, something you suddenly like and put down on paper and then work out. – Karl Lagerfeld

If there’s something dangerous, sauces are dangerous for the body. – Karl Lagerfeld

Pfft, I hate Christmas Day. It’s for children and families. Not for people like me. – Karl Lagerfeld

I never look at my watch when I’m sketching! – Karl Lagerfeld

I’m born with a pencil in my hand. I did lots of sketching. – Karl Lagerfeld

The story with anorexic girls – nobody works with anorexic girls. That has nothing to do with fashion. – Karl Lagerfeld

The brain is a muscle, and I’m a kind of body-builder. – Karl Lagerfeld

I sleep seven hours. If I go to bed at two, I wake up at nine. If I go to bed at midnight, I wake up at seven. I don’t wake up before – the house can fall apart, but I sleep for seven hours. – Karl Lagerfeld

I am not a second option person. It is that or nothing. If it is not the way I see it I prefer not to see it. – Karl Lagerfeld

I am never satisfied with myself and that is what keeps me going – I have no post-satisfaction. – Karl Lagerfeld

Bling is over. Red carpet covered with rhinestones is out. I call it ‘the new modesty.’ – Karl Lagerfeld

You cannot be creative with people around you. – Karl Lagerfeld

Doing collections, doing fashion is like a non-stop dialogue. – Karl Lagerfeld

Don’t overact the story of your name. Overact the story of your work. – Karl Lagerfeld

What I enjoy most is doing something ı’ve never done before. – Karl Lagerfeld

Bears are very nice, as long as you are nice to them. – Karl Lagerfeld

I’m German in my mind, but from a Germany that doesn’t exist any more. – Karl Lagerfeld

In France there are, I think, less than one per cent of people who are too skinny. – Karl Lagerfeld

I can tell you all kinds of moral tales, but fashion and reality are vaguely different. – Karl Lagerfeld

ı’ve only wanted paper and beautiful colors. It was my dream, and it still is my dream. And books. They’re all I need, and the rest I can do without. – Karl Lagerfeld

I can no longer walk in the street. That’s over. – Karl Lagerfeld

I hate the past – especially my own past. – Karl Lagerfeld

I have moved to a smaller house in Paris, and I don’t fancy having so much staff now. – Karl Lagerfeld

No. I mean those people really did something for designers I don’t think department stores can, could or should do still today. Today the world is different so you have to make it differently. There’s TV. There’s a lot of things. – Karl Lagerfeld

I have now exactly the same weight I had when I was 18, 20. – Karl Lagerfeld

ı’ve done many ads because that’s my new career. It’s an inspiring extension for my mind. – Karl Lagerfeld

Foreigners don’t want to invest any more in France – and this is not working. – Karl Lagerfeld

Fortunately there is more wealth in the world than there was at the time of the global economic crisis of 1929 – Chinese, Indian, Arab and Russian. – Karl Lagerfeld

I can hardly eat meat because it has to look like something what it was not when it was alive. – Karl Lagerfeld

I don’t have any stress. I’m very lucky. I live a very healthy life. – Karl Lagerfeld

I don’t speak Spanish, I speak a little of Italian but no Spanish. – Karl Lagerfeld

I’m all self-taught. I never had a teacher. Even for English, and French, and German, I hardly went to school. – Karl Lagerfeld

I’m kind of fascist with myself, you know. – Karl Lagerfeld

I’m lucky to work in the most perfect of conditions. – Karl Lagerfeld

Music is part of the life of fashion, too. – Karl Lagerfeld

My childhood was endless – from eight to 18 felt like hundreds of years. – Karl Lagerfeld

No, I never thought I would like cats. – Karl Lagerfeld

No, I’m not a French designer either. I’m from nowhere. I’m a European, old European is all I am. – Karl Lagerfeld

Stupidly it should not be. It should be also nice. One must get along with that. Is however not necessary. – Karl Lagerfeld

There are so many people in the world who cannot read English or French or whatever. – Karl Lagerfeld

There will be gay couples; it will exist. It is not very nice that people who are married – who divorce in three seconds – don’t want protection for the others. The legal system should protect everyone, not just the few people who think they are above everybody else because they are married. – Karl Lagerfeld

Clothes if they are not well cut, you can kill nobody. A building poorly built can kill people. It’s a much more difficult work. I would not compare myself with that. – Karl Lagerfeld

There are less than 1 per cent of anorexic girls, but there more than 30 per cent of girls in France – I don’t know about England – that are much, much overweight. And it is much more dangerous and very bad for the health. – Karl Lagerfeld

Yes, and I can sit down on a white piece of paper and work because I don’t believe too much into inspiration, only I’m waiting for inspiration, work and then inspiration may come. It’s a little too easy to say that. – Karl Lagerfeld

It’s only I have seen enough of it and the funny thing is now, I know that I’m skinny, because I know there are even smaller clothes in the store. I think I’m big, when I was big, I never thought about it. – Karl Lagerfeld

My opinion can be completely different after a show. – Karl Lagerfeld

If I were a woman, I would love to have lots of kids. But for men, I don’t believe in it. – Karl Lagerfeld

I have more friends in New York than Paris. – Karl Lagerfeld

I’m like a rock singer with one-night stands on the road. – Karl Lagerfeld

For me, New York is comfortable, not strange. – Karl Lagerfeld

I hated to be treated as a child. I thought it was the worst situation. – Karl Lagerfeld

I prefer to be in a video than to play with it. – Karl Lagerfeld

I think for my bones and my size, I better stay with my 60 kilo. – Karl Lagerfeld

I’m not an employee who goes to the office every morning at the same time. Then, vacations are needed. – Karl Lagerfeld

What I like about music is the songs you can remember the lines of in a single second. – Karl Lagerfeld

No, and I never, ever eat in between the meals. I control it well enough and with no pills, and I sleep seven hours a night. I go to bed. I fall asleep, and I wake up seven hours later, and this is the most important. – Karl Lagerfeld

Buy clothes the size you want to wear. – Karl Lagerfeld

I love dogs, but dogs, you have to be in the country with dogs. I cannot walk a dog on the street. – Karl Lagerfeld

I eat fish, three times a week meat, and if not yogurt, something like this and it rarely continues. – Karl Lagerfeld

Some people would like me to be round again. – Karl Lagerfeld

We started a shape and we have to continue it also in shoes, in jewelry in everything, because things have to be current. – Karl Lagerfeld

There is a softer, romantic tough by some of the prints and by the colors. It’s not harsh. Some is body-conscious. Some is completely fluid. – Karl Lagerfeld

My family is from there. I thought it was my moment in time to show a little of what this part of Europe is all about — the poetry, the inspiration, the art and the spirit and the feeling of that area. – Karl Lagerfeld

Maybe there’s a little ’70s touch, … One has to find something, – Karl Lagerfeld

kind of flesh colored leather stockings more than boots. – Karl Lagerfeld

Italian craftsmanship is really our treasure. So we’re very proud of that and we try to do everything by hand. – Karl Lagerfeld

Some have a little balloon touch, but you can always see through. So without being naked, you can see the body. So the clothes float around the body in a way. Everything’s very light, light, light. The main thing is weightless, weightless, weightless. – Karl Lagerfeld

It does not worry me personally – I like communication and visibility – but then I don’t have to think about commerce. I like the idea of seeing it everywhere. Designers can’t live in an ivory tower. And to copy well is as difficult now as it was in the past. – Karl Lagerfeld

Filming the girl was a really nasty trick, – Karl Lagerfeld

Every coat is different and in every kind of material, – Karl Lagerfeld

Everything is about cut. But worse than couture cuts. The dresses from far away, you think that it is a little T-shirt. And then you get near to it, you are scared by the craftsmanship put into that dress. – Karl Lagerfeld

They suddenly opened like an explosion – it was an idea I didn’t look for – it came to me. – Karl Lagerfeld

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