Karl Lagerfeld Quotes -Top 50 Sayings from the Realest Iconic Designer

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Karl Lagerfeld Quotes

Karl Lagerfeld is known for more than just his beyond fabulous couture designs. He will go down as one of the most charismatic, deliciously petty designers in history. Lagerfeld told it like it is, keeping it always 99 plus 1 his entire life and career. As hard as it is to narrow down… we present the top 50 Karl Lagerfeld Quotes of all time.

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





“Elegance is an attitude.”

“Change is the healthiest way to survive.”

“A respectable appearance is sufficient to make people more interested in your soul.”

“When you make fashion, you have to love fashion. When I see those designers in sneakers and old T-shirts who make dresses at crazy prices, it just seems dishonest to me.”

Karl Lagerfeld Quotes

“Yes, some people say to me, ‘You’re too skinny, but never a skinny person says that to me, only people who could lose a few pounds say that.'”

“I think tattoos are horrible. It’s like living in a Pucci dress full-time. If you’re young and tight, maybe it’s OK, but…”

“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.”

“If you are cheap. Nothing helps.”

“People who say that yesterday was better than today are ultimately devaluing their own existence.”

“I am physically allergic to flip flops.”

“The woman is the most perfect doll that I have dressed with delight and admiration.”

“The French say you get hungry when you’re eating, and I get inspired when I’m working. It’s my engine.”

Karl Lagerfeld Quotes -Top 50 Sayings from the Realest Iconic Designer

Karl Lagerfeld Quotes

Ready for some more Karl-isms? Get prepared for more classy yet classic shade (LOL). Alright loves, here’s round two!

“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.”

On Andy Warhol: “I shouldn’t say this, but physically he was quite repulsive.”

“Don’t dress to kill, dress to survive.”

“I’m very much down to earth, just not on this earth.”

“Trendy is the last stage before tacky.”

Karl Lagerfeld Quotes

“Black and white always looks modern, whatever that word means.”

“I don’t like standard beauty – there is no beauty without strangeness.”

“My thing is to work more than the others to show them how useless they are.”

“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.”

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

“I’m a working class person, working with class.”

“Fashion is an attitude more than a clothing detail.”

Karl Lagerfeld Quotes

“Working is when you do a job you don’t like. The minute you like your job, it’s not working any more.”

“When things become too popular they are always fading away for something else.”

“I lost 200 lbs to wear suits by Hedi Simane.”

“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.”

“If you ask me what I’d most like to have invented in fashion; I’d say the white shirt. For me, the shirt is the basis of everything. Everything else comes after.”

“Luxury is the ease of a T-shirt in a very expensive dress.”

“I’m not a fortune teller. I’m a fashion tailor.”

“Everyone has to invent his/her own thing.”

“Normal people think I’m insane.”

Karl Lagerfeld Quotes

Karl Lagerfeld Quotes -Top 50 Sayings from the Realest Iconic Designer (Continued)

Still with us? Well, we have the final batch of Karl Lagerfeld Quotes and we hope that you have enjoyed reading the more “open,” in-your-face, whole cup of tea side of Karl. He will be missed always!

“Energy should always be new. There is no old energy. You cannot stock energy. You can for electricity but not for creativity.”

“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.”

“The best thing to do is dive with your imagination — you can never drown yourself.”

“When I was four I asked my mother for a valet for my birthday.”

“I’ve become like a Lacoste alligator, soon I’ll have to be sewn onto clothes.”

Karl Lagerfeld Quotes

“Personality begins where comparison ends.”

“You can be the chicest thing in a T-shirt and jeans — it’s up to you.”

“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 know how it was.”

“I drink diet coke from the minute I get up to the minute I go to bed.”

“Luxury bags make your life more pleasant, make you dream, give you confidence; and show your neighbors you are doing well.”

“Dieting is the only game where you win when you lose!”

“I think everyone should go to bed like they have a date at the door.”

“Life is not a beauty contest. Intelligence lasts, youth and beauty are sensational.”

“I’m not a marketing person. I don’t ask myself questions. I go by instinct.”

“Youthfulness is about how you live, not when you were born.”

“”When people want to be liked for what they did, they should stop.”

“If you think your ‘life’ is more important than your work there may be a problem.”

“One is never over- or under-dressed with a little black dress.”

Karl Lagerfeld Quotes

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