Karl Lagerfeld has become perhaps the most iconic fixture in the fashion industry. At the helm of Fendi, Chanel and his namesake label, the fashion legend – now 82 – is still as hard at work as ever and doesn’t look to be slowing down anytime soon.
In fact, as stated in an interview with British Vogue, Karl confirms that he won’t be letting up for a long while explaining, “You know my contracts with Fendi and Chanel are for life? And I don’t feel tired at all.”
Not surprisingly, scientists want to test Karl’s DNA, because for a man in his 80s who would usually be retired with at least a few ailments, the perfectly healthy designer manages to put collection after collection together as well as shooting the campaigns himself. With Chanel alone, he has to put out seven collections per year. Add to this, Fendi and his eponymous label and you undoubtedly have the busiest man in fashion. And, we repeat, he’s 82.
In the interview, the designer answered questions about these DNA rumours and explained that he would not play ball:
“I was asked by somebody to do this because they think I’m not normal. But I flatly refused. Unique pieces are unique pieces. But I think it’s very flattering, huh?”
Flattering for sure, but absolutely deserved. With his ability to juggle quite so many major commitments and for such a long period of time, it’s not really surprising that scientists want to know what makes him quite so special, but Karl attemped to explain his success:
“I never mix them up in my mind. That is the secret of the story. First of all, I prefer not to analyse why or why not. I have the feeling that when I am doing Fendi I am another person to when I am doing Chanel or my own line. I have no personality. I have three. I never ask myself questions. I try to find answers…I am like a machine.”
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And we have a feeling that nothing – espcially old age – is going to slow this machine down.
By Amy de Klerk