Karl Lagerfeld claims Coco Chanel wasn’t “ugly enough” to be a feminist

Karl Lagerfeld
We know Karl “Anger Bear” Lagerfeld has issues. And we know he often takes those issues out on whatever random person irks him on any given day. For a while, it was Heidi “Never Been In Paris” Klum and Heidi’s husband Seal, whose skin condition Karl mocked. Then last month it was Audrey Tautou, and the simple fact that Karl didn’t expressly approve of Audrey’s casting as Coco Chanel in the French film Coco Avant Chanel. He claimed in an interview that Penelope Cruz would have been better casting as Coco Chanel, which leads me to believe Karl might be a wee bit senile.

Even though Karl did not and still does not expressly approve of Audrey Tautou and the film in general, he’s still going to soak up some extra press. For the September issue of Harper’s Bazaar, it seems some editor’s bright idea was to interview Karl… with Karl “channeling” the voice/character/attitude of Coco Chanel. Unfortunately, what might have been a tongue-in-cheek comment sounds like the familiar Anger Bear we know and hate. Harper’s asks Karl/Coco is she’s still a feminist, and Karl/Coco replies, “I was never a feminist because I was never ugly enough for that.” Oh, merde.

In Bazaar’s upcoming September issue, the magazine snagged an interview with possibly the most talked-about woman in the history of fashion: Coco Chanel. Ok fine, so Coco may not exactly be available for interviews today–but they got the next best thing, Karl Lagerfeld, to channel the iconic designer. A sneak peek of the hilarity, just for vous…

Harper’s Bazaar: Your clothing liberated women in the 1920s. Are you still a feminist?
Karl Lagerfeld as Coco Chanel: I was never a feminist because I was never ugly enough for that.

HB: What would you change about your looks? Would you consider Botox?
CC: When I look at myself in the mirror, I think I’m pretty modern–whatever that means. But maybe I should change my makeup. In my day, the products were dreadful.

HB: What’s on your iPod?
CC: The Kills. They suit my character.

HB: You were famous for your paramours. Whom would you have an affair with today?
CC: I like handsome men, so there would be many possibilities, but dukes and princes are not the right escort for a woman like me today. I like to charm younger men. This has not changed.

HB: What’s the new Chanel classic?
CC: As apparently my old jacket is still around, done by this idiot Karl, I have to help him find a new idea.

[From Harper’s Bazaar]

To be fair to Karl, I really do think he was “in character”, although I don’t think Coco Chanel would necessarily approve. She was a groundbreaking feminist, and she did make clothes for the newly independent women. If I was answering these questions “in character” as Coco, I might say, in Coco’s voice, “Please don’t listen to this absurd, crazy, nasty little man. He does not speak for me.”

By the way, I hope everyone is keeping their “Karl Lagerfeld List of Hate” updated. Here’s what I’ve got so far – Karl hates: love, the internet, Heidi Klum, food, mornings, Seal, mirrors, Diane von Furstenberg, the 1990s, traveling, human contact, anyone with a skin condition, fatties, anyone who doesn’t gush over the current Chanel line, public transportation, Audrey Tautou, sunshine, feminists, children, and models who have never been in Paris. Good to know, isn’t it? My, what a crotchety old bastard.

Karl Lagerfeld is shown at the “Totally Spies” premiere on 6/28/09. Credit: PRPhotos.

Karl Lagerfeld

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  1. patty phee says:

    but he likes beth ditto. true. so he doesn’t hate fatties in general.

  2. Magsy says:

    He’s a designer aren’t they usually bitchy people anyway? I think many of them secretly hate women, unless they look like skinny young boys.

  3. MSat says:

    Who cares what he thinks? Look at him. He’s a sideshow freak. I bet when you remove that ridiculous collar, his head falls off.

  4. maraccas says:

    Fashion designers don’t necessarily hate WOMEN, so much as women with CURVES because they’re all essentially lazy and it’s much harder to design and produce clothing for a 3D human than it is for a 2D(-ish!) coathanger. I do love Karl’s outbursts in much the same way I love Naomi Campbell’s – if only because it demonstrates the fashion industry is so amusingly full of sycophants who’ll put up with anything to keep in the inner circle.

  5. Firestarter says:

    Whebn on earth will this insufferable man STFU! He has single handedly ruined, yes, ruined, the once great house of Chanel (In my opinion, so please do not jump all over me for the comment) and cheapened the brand terribly.

    His constant comments about who is pretty and who is not are so de classe and tiresome. Not to mention, that maybe the freak should take a long look in the mirror sometime and check out the reflection that is staring back at him.

  6. princess pea says:

    I love Karl. The things he says… he lights up my life, every time he’s quoted. It’s just so good.

  7. photo jojo says:

    Karl needs a good b*tchslap.

  8. Apparently Karl doesn’t hate cameltoes because he’s all up in the mix in that pic.

  9. Bittercup says:

    I can’t get enough of Karl…

  10. patty phee says:

    the fact that he puts powder in his hair…and i can totally see it annoys me really much

  11. gg says:

    So is this photo of Dracula with the power puff cameltoe girls representative of his version of Hell? It should be, he looks miserable.

    SUFFER ON, KARL you twit!

  12. Bill Hicks is God says:

    Obviously the old dingleberry has never seen Gloria Steinem in her prime.

  13. Mairead says:

    Oh don’t you have a centimetre of stomach left to bypass, you irrelevant ould crypt-creeper? Even his attempt at humour is decrepit.

    What should be on Karl’s iPod: The sound of worms, munching. 😈

    (on a side note, as far as I’m concerned himself and Diane von Furstenburg are well met. And i missed the memo where Heidi says she’s never been to Paris. For serious?)

  14. sigh says:

    Bitter old queen
    Rupert Everett already did it this summer

  15. ! says:

    I hate the notion that people only take issue with certain things in life because they’re embittered with how said issue has affected them personally on the negative side of things. Well Karl, I happen to be FUCKING GORGEOUS so fucking beautiful that I get stared at wherever I go, and you know what? I’m STILL a feminist. Feminism isn’t something that women take up because they’re too ugly to enjoy objectification and belittlement.

  16. Just a Poster says:

    Okay gang, Uncle Karl has lost his mind.. time for him to retire in Boca…

  17. hunnybe says:

    He cannot be serious.That picture of Coco makes her look like a man in pearls and lipstick.

  18. Kikker says:

    Whatever. He’s a crazy old man. Just point and laugh and be done with it.

  19. Cinderella says:

    That collar around his neck is cutting off the blood supply to his brain.

  20. fizXgirl314 says:

    By that same reasoning, isn’t he too ugly to be the voice of fashion and beauty?

  21. ditzee says:

    he’s just passing time by winding people up while he’s waiting to die…

    still, it’s mildly entertaining in a ‘spoilt brat throwing a tantrum’ sort of way 🙂

  22. Katyusha says:

    HAHAHAHAH @ MSAT and Dread Pirate

  23. annie says:

    hes gross

  24. Jax says:

    Karl who?

  25. fizXgirl314 says:

    he should try powdering his teeth :/

  26. Firestarter says:

    OMG LOL@fizXgirl314! That comment was hilarious!

  27. RuffianSuz says:

    fizXgirl314…nailed it…

  28. rottenkitty says:

    He’s a ghastly, withered, well, I’d say hag, but that’d be insulting to hags everywhere.

  29. the original kate says:

    he looks like a wax figure.

  30. punkrockbeth says:

    i was karl lagerfeld for halloween. i walked around all night pretending not to eat and calling madonna a fat slag. i love karl. everyone takes everything too seriously. couture is supposed to be absurd and fabulous and i think karl is a perfect representation thereof. getting worked up over the things he says just takes the fun out of it for the rest of us. shhhhh.

  31. bc says:

    karl is as hidious outside than inside. i think he would have preferred paris hilton to audrey tautou for the role of Coco. what a creep. his brain is severly damaged by years of cocaïne and hooker’s sex. everytime he opens his mouth he says the incoherent bullshit. maraccas, agree with you on the coathanger designing for lazy jackass like him.