Tuesday, 30 March 2010

karl lagerfeld

initially was going to end the karl lagerfeld rave with the last post. however, i can't help but quote bits and pieces from his interview with vice magazine. i've never really cared much for the people of the fashion industry, not enough to read about them. but a 30 min tram ride home prompted me to read something. karl is quite a brilliant man. much more down-to-earth than i expected from a fashion industry leader. i also found the interview quite humorous in that bruce (vice magazine) came into this interview with a stereotypical view of karl, only to be put in his place (a few times throughout) without hesitation from good ol' karl. an amateur interviewer in my opinion, although entertaining to say the least. not because we're laughing with him, more so because we're laughing at him. begs the question, how ever did he manage to get an interview with karl largerfeld?

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Vice Magazine: You’re sort of irreverent about fur.
Karl Lagerfeld: If you cannot afford it, just forget about it. Don’t use it as an investment piece to show people how rich you are. Use it like a cheap knitted thing. It’s like a big stone. Lucky you that you can have a big stone, but if it troubles you financially to have the stone, don’t have the stone.
Vice Magazine: This is another paradox that I like about you. There’s nothing conspicuous about the way you use things.
Karl Lagerfeld: If you can afford it, OK. But if you think it’s an investment, then forget about it.

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Vice Magazine: Do you think it’s (fame) become kind of toxic?
Karl Lagerfeld: Yes, but you cannot fight against it. There’s a price you have to pay for fame, and people who don’t want to pay that price can get in trouble. I accepted the idea of celebrity because of a French expression: “You cannot have the butter and the money for the butter.”
Vice Magazine: Well, yes, I know that you care, because you are interested in both high and low culture.
Karl Lagerfeld: That is because there is only culture.

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Vice Magazine: The word “pretentious” is most often used pejoratively, but I don’t think it’s necessarily bad to be pretentious. So, I know that you’re a very hard worker. That’s another thing that we have in common. I hate holidays. I can never go away and just lie on a beach.
Karl Lagerfeld: I was a beach boy in my youth.
Vice Magazine: Those were your salad days. You’ve said that you learned about life in those times. What did you do then?
Karl Lagerfeld: Everything one can do to see what kind of life one wants—what you like, what you don’t like, what’s OK for you. I understood quickly that there are a lot of things that are not for me but that I have nothing against. I have not one prejudice. I don’t judge things.

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Vice Magazine: Being the sort of hard worker that you are is like being a monk.
Karl Lagerfeld: But hard work is like being politically correct. Be politically correct, but please don’t bother other people with conversation about being politically correct, because that’s the end of everything. You want to create boredom? Be politically correct in your conversation.
Vice Magazine: What does being politically correct mean to you?
Karl Lagerfeld: It means people talking about charities. Do it, be charitable, but don’t make a subject of conversation out of it because then you bore the world to death. It’s very unpleasant. But I don’t go out a lot so I’m not so exposed to people.

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Vice Magazine: You are against the idea of gay marriage. I totally agree with you on that.
Karl Lagerfeld: Yes, I’m against it for a very simple reason: In the 60s they all said we had the right to the difference. And now, suddenly, they want a bourgeois life.

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Vice Magazine: They want to be the type of people who have always despised them.
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.

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Vice Magazine: And you have no problem with porn, either.
Karl Lagerfeld: No. I admire porn.
Vice Magazine: This is another thing that we have in common.
Karl Lagerfeld: And 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.
Vice Magazine: Yes, there’s a quote from you about how giving a blowjob on film is more difficult than acting out grand emotions, which can be feigned. I totally agree. I think people don’t give porn actors credit. It’s not easy what they do.
Karl Lagerfeld: I admire porn actors.
Vice Magazine: Me too, and prostitutes as well. There’s a real art to it.
Karl Lagerfeld: Frustration is the mother of crime, and so there would be much more crime without prostitutes and without porn movies.
Vice Magazine: You got in trouble when you used a porn star in one of your shows in the early 90s.
Karl Lagerfeld: But who cared?
Vice Magazine: Anna Wintour cared.
Karl Lagerfeld: Yeah, but I’m still on the best terms with her.
Vice Magazine: There is so much hypocrisy against porn. So many people watch it and then look down their noses at people who are in it or who make it.
Karl Lagerfeld: And those movie theaters don’t exist anymore, not like they did in the 70s.
Vice Magazine: There’s one left in Toronto, where I’m from.
Karl Lagerfeld: I never went to one because I think it’s a quite sleazy situation.
Vice Magazine: It has its charm.
Karl Lagerfeld: I’m not sure I want to be charmed.

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Vice Magazine: I think that you might have Asperger syndrome. Do you know what that is? It’s a kind of autism. It’s like an idiot savant.
Karl Lagerfeld: That’s exactly what I am. 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, but I like to read very abstract constructions of the mind. It’s very strange.

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Vice Magazine: You’ve said that possessions are a burden and one mustn’t get attached to things, that owning things victimizes and imprisons you.
Karl Lagerfeld: It’s nice when you can afford something, but the minute you become a victim of it you shouldn’t keep it.
Vice Magazine: Coming from you, some would think that’s quite a contradiction.
Karl Lagerfeld: It’s exactly like people who say they don’t like money. Be rich first, and then you will know. If you have never touched money, you don’t know what money is. If you’re rich, get rid of it. It’s very easy.

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Vice Magazine: That’s all DJing is. Just making an iPod playlist. But there’s something about playing live to an audience and getting them to dance.
Karl Lagerfeld: For me that is also difficult, and not because I’m against it, but I don’t drink, I don’t take drugs, I’ve never smoked in my life.
Vice Magazine: Did you used to?
Karl Lagerfeld: No.
Vice Magazine: You never experimented with drugs at all?
Karl Lagerfeld: Never.
Vice Magazine: Ever?
Karl Lagerfeld: I saw others doing it and I didn’t think it was such a success.
Vice Magazine: You didn’t even have a curiosity?
Karl Lagerfeld: No. There was a famous man who had written about flies and insects, and I’m like the one who watches the insects. I prefer to see how drugs work on others. And I cannot smoke cigarettes. I need my hands for something else. 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.”

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Vice Magazine: It was good. It talked about Warhol’s sex life. It was kind of shocking to me that they said he was really good in bed in the early 60s.
Karl Lagerfeld: No one should remember that.

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Karl Lagerfeld: I shouldn’t say this, but physically he was quite repulsive.
Vice Magazine: Who was?
Karl Lagerfeld: Andy.
Vice Magazine: That New Yorker article kind of suggested that he was maybe a little more sexually attractive when he was younger.
Karl Lagerfeld: He was not handsome.

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Vice Magazine: And when you finally lost the weight, what made you do it?
Karl Lagerfeld: Well, there came this new line from Hedi Slimane at Dior, that you needed to be slim to wear. It said, “You want this? Go back to your bones.” And so I lost it all. I lost 88 pounds and never got them back.

content source: vice magazine

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