Karl Lagerfeld is a bit like an iceberg – we only get to see the very top that, whilst incredibly impressive, is still just, well, an incredibly impressive preview.
With his new book, Lagerfeld opens a door into his world just a crack wider giving us a chance to explore, learn, smile, frown and adore for every witty and refreshingly frank hand-picked quote on fashion, Chanel, style, life, luxury, books and the man himself is like a delicious nugget of wisdom to absorb, digest and nourish the mind.
Visually, the hardback black and white edition is beautiful to look at and enjoyable to browse, so whether you admire the designer, a nonsense-free conversation or need a solid reference for numerous quotes (there’s nothing worse than relying on Pinterest for those!) that somewhat reflect your own perception of life, the The World According to Karl will definitely make a welcoming addition to your fashion library.
To start you off, here are some of my favourite…
“Fashion is of the moment. The best thing that can happen to a dress is that it gets worn. Fashion isn’t about museum exhibits.”
“Trendy is the last stage before tacky.”
“Young designers are so nice, but often they have no technical knowledge. Valentino and I sweated for years, he at Desses, me at Balmain. We knew we weren’t there to play art critics, we were there to learn.”
“To think appearances don’t count these days is a lie: it lets you live in harmony with yourself.”
“Chanel left us with something better than fashion: style. And style, as she preached it, doesn't’ grow old.”
“My work is not to make he Chanel suit survive, but to make sure it lives.”
“I hate ostrich skin. It makes me think of a mummy that had regular acne.”
“The essential thing in life is to reinvent oneself.”
“Buying books is a real disease for me, but I don’t want to be cured.”