Karl Lagerfeld talks Dior, Christophe Decarnin and why he'll never cut his hair
We love it when Karl Lagerfeld does an interview. The Kaiser's frank approach to interviews usually means they are well worth a read. His recent chat with W magazine is no exception. During the conversation, Lagerfeld touches on everything from whom he thinks should head up Dior to why he'll never cut his signature long silver locks.
"No, because I'm afraid it won't grow again. And I'm not very gifted for hairdos. This is the quickest thing in the world. It takes less than five seconds. I have someone who comes to the house and washes it, puts in the dry shampoo, and takes care of it because I have no time. I don't even have time to go to the dentist. I'm busy but in a pleasant way. I'm the one who wanted to do all of it, so I can't complain."
On who he would like to see replace Galliano at Dior: "Well I'm not a consultant there, but I think Riccardo Tisci would be good, and then Haider Ackermann at Givenchy - not because they are friends of mine, but because they are good."
As to whether he still wants Haider Ackermann to take over at Chanel: "Not especially. It's not his world I don't think."
His thoughts on Christophe Decarnin, and his decision to depart Balmain: "Forget about it! This was a job done by a fashion editor. I don't even know the name of the man who did it, so don't ask me about that."
On the one piece of fashion women should avoid: "I'm not mad for thongs."
Why he chooses to use a fax instead of a computer: "It's very easy to explain: For me, sketching and writing are the same thing. I like to write. It's a physical thing - I hate to be without paper and pencil in hand. And I write like a talk. I can put my way of talking on the paper exactly the same way. The machines they tried to make where you write directly on computers are not perfect. The minute they're perfect, I will use them."
On taking holidays: "I'm not an employee who goes to the office every morning at the same time. Then, vacations are not needed. I'm like a rock singer with one-night stands on the road. I'm here for two days in New York; I leave in the morning early. I come back for Anna Wintour's party at the Met, then again at the end of May for a prize I get from the Gordon Parks Foundation. I'm lucky that I can do all these things in the best conditions. I don't have to struggle for that. I don't have to discuss budgets. I don't do meetings. At Chanel, there are no meetings. At Chanel, we do what we want, whenever we want and it works. And Fendi is the same."
Read more from the interview here.