Every so often Karl Lagerfeld emerges from the creative crypt Chanel store him in to don his black gloves, fix his hair in a ponytail, take a few pictures at his shows and cast a despairing glance at modern society. As of recently his gaze as fallen over the fad of selfies. Sure, at least he’s not inadvertently calling Adele a fat mess or telling women to be careful we don’t turn into slobs after turning 25, as he has in the past. That’s the age we naturally become “sloppy” according to Karl.
In conversation with The Guardian newspaper, Lagerfeld said selfies were “this horrible thing when you are distorted. The chin is too big, the head is too small. No, this is electronic masturbation”.
In another one of his memorable soundbites the designer said people with tattoos can “never get clean again”. He also once said Pippa Middleton struggles because of her face and “should only show her back”. He does know how to turn the spotlight on himself however, once saying he had “no human emotions” and “am like a caricature of myself, and I like that. It is like a mask. And for me the Carnival of Venice lasts all year long”.