Oh, Karl. I was all prepared to get super-mad at him for some unfortunate things he said about Adele, but once I read his full quote… I still love the old Anger-Bear. I actually think the Kaiser (the original Kaiser) is getting a little bit softer. Yes, he says that Adele is “a little too fat” but he cushions it with “she has a beautiful face and a divine voice.” Does that make it better? Does “a little too fat” even count as an insult when it comes from Karl Lagerfeld? Do I have to be outraged on Adele’s behalf when I think that FOR KARL, he was offering a very sincere compliment?
Anyway, enjoy this new interview with Karl – it’s wonderful. He loves Michelle Obama, he thinks Russian women are beautiful and he actually says this wonderful line - “People in magazines are 50% bimbo and 50% pregnant women.” PERFECTION.
Karl on the Queen’s Jubilee: I think [Queen Elizabeth] looks very good in her recent photos even better than a few years ago – beautiful, a bit like Queen Mary. She looks a little bit like her grandmother – a more smiley version. In terms of what she wears, she’s come into herself a little bit more – whatever that is.
Karl on the relevance of the monarchy: It’s good for the tourists because it brings a lot of money in. It’s totally unnecessary, but it’s pleasant. Why not have the monarchy? People can dream about it.
Karl on the Greek economic crisis: Greece needs to work on a cleaner image. It’s a big problem, as [Greeks] have this reputation of being so corrupt. You can’t be sure the money will go where it’s supposed to go. They need to build trust, and that takes time too. Nobody wants Greece to disappear, but they have really disgusting habits – Italy as well.
Karl on Syria: Some people say it will be worse if [President Assad] goes. It’s very difficult now to say. What he does is beyond awful. I think the man is frightening.
Karl on Lana del Rey: I prefer Adele and Florence Welch. But as a modern singer she is not bad. The thing at the moment is Adele. She is a little too fat, but she has a beautiful face and a divine voice. Lana del Rey is not bad at all. She looks very much like a modern-time singer. In her photos she is beautiful. Is she a construct with all her implants? She’s not alone with implants.
Karl on women in Russia: If I was a woman in Russia I would be a lesbian, as the men are very ugly. There are a few handsome ones, like Naomi Campbell’s boyfriend, but there you see the most beautiful women and the most horrible men.
Karl on M.I.A. and her middle finger: Nowadays people give the middle finger quite quickly – it’s not the best behavior. Everybody does that, what’s new about that? It’s just become a bad habit. People in magazines are 50% bimbo and 50% pregnant women.
Karl on Barack Obama’s claim that he “deserves” to be re-elected: Yes he does, especially because of Mrs. Obama. I’m a big fan of Mrs. Obama – and her face, I think, is magical. He would not be there without her. Mrs. Obama is not a fashion statement, but she has other things to do. My favorite thing about Mrs Obama was when she was asked if her skirt was not too tight and she answered “Wh,y you don’t like my big black ass?” I want [Barack] Obama to win because there is nothing better anyway, and especially because of her.
Karl on voting: I never voted in my life. I will never vote. I know too much about politics from what’s going on backstage. To vote you have to believe all that garbage that they promise you, and they can’t keep those promises. If someone gave me an Obama pin, I would just put it on.
Karl on sustainable fashion: I don’t know what you consider as sustainable fashion. Do it, but don’t make a subject out of it. It’s a little bit boring.
Karl on political correctness: Be politically correct, but don’t become a bore for that. People should be sensitive in these matters, but not make so much noise. Be politically correct, but do we have to know your opinion?
I have to wonder if his comments about M.I.A.’s one-finger salute aren’t also about his recent encounter with Kristen Stewart – she was photographed flipping the bird in front of Karl – “Nowadays people give the middle finger quite quickly – it’s not the best behavior. Everybody does that, what’s new about that? It’s just become a bad habit.” That’s Karl’s way of telling K-Stew and M.I.A. to sit down and STFU.
But seriously, doesn’t he sound nicer in this interview? What’s going on with him lately? Did he steal the soul of optimistic youth?
Photos courtesy of Fame/Flynet and WENN.