As Karl Lagerfeld turns 85 today, we gather some of his words of wisdom through the years.
It’s hard to imagine the fashion realm without the German designer, especially for his work at the most iconic house of all, Chanel.
He has many strings to his bow, including a successful namesake label that has seen collaborations with the likes of model Kaia Gerber. He has also announced a partnership with Puma and released a makeup line under Karl Lagerfeld.
Below are just some his most famous and, at times, controversial quotes.
“Chic is a kind of mayonnaise, either it tastes, or it doesn’t.”
“If you throw money out of the window throw it out with joy. Don’t say: ‘one shouldn’t do that’ – that is bourgeois.”
“Bling is over. Red carpetry covered with rhinestones is out. I call it the new modesty.”
“I accepted the idea of celebrity because of a French expression: ‘You cannot have the butter and the money for the butter.’”
“I had to go from what Chanel was to what it should be, could be, what it had been to something else.”
“Trendy is the last stage before tacky.”
“Luxury bags make your life more pleasant, make you dream, give you confidence, and show your neighbors you’re doing well.”
“I’ve always known that I was made to live this way, that I would be this sort of legend.”