Top 12 Most Iconic Karl Lagerfeld Quotes

Karl Lagerfeld, the influential creative director for the House of Chanel, has died at 85 years old. Lagerfeld began his illustrious career working as an assistant to Pierre Balmain, and since then, he has worked for notable fashion houses, such as Valentino and Chloe. Beyond being recognized for his work at Chanel, he is known for his quotes. Here are Karl Lagerfeld’s most iconic quotes.

On fashion

  • “Don’t dress to kill, dress to survive.”
  • “I am a fashion person, and fashion is not only about clothes-it’s about all kinds of change.”
  • “To say that there is no fashion anymore is ridiculous. The fashion of no-fashion is still fashion. And fashion is a train that waits for nobody. Get on it, or it’s gone.” – King Karl, 1991.

On himself

  • “I don’t do selfies. But other people do, and they all want to do selfies with me. No, no, no. Thank God, Sébastien, my assistant, he’s mean to the people in the street, mean and rude. I’m a nice person.” – New York Times, 2015.
  • “I am like a caricature of myself, and I like that.” – The World According to Karl, 2013.
  • “I’m very much down to earth, just not this earth.”

On his work

  • “Improvise. Become more creative. Not because you have to, but because you want to. Evolution is the secret for the next step.” – Harper’s Bazaar, 2009.
  • “Is there something healthier than competition? If not, you fall asleep and think success, and what you did, is granted. Nothing is granted in fashion, and this is what I love about fashion.” – WWD CEO Summit Leadership, 2013.
  • “I design like I breathe. You don’t ask to breathe. It just happens.” – Karl Lagerfeld: The Banker’s Holiday, 1983.

On life

  • “Don’t sacrifice yourself too much, because if you sacrifice too much there’s nothing else you can give and nobody will care for you.”
  • “I’ve always known that I was made to live this way, that I would be this sort of legend.”
  • “Personality begins where comparison ends.”
Karl Lagerfeld


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