Friday, 24 October 2008

Uncle Karl's Influence

I'm guessing my readers all love fashion, that's a no brainer. I'm hoping that like me, you also love Mary-Kate & Ashley Olsen and cannot wait for their book Influence to come out. The Cut got an advanced copy....yippee! Here's a couple of extracts of their interview with Karl Lagerfeld. Where we see cupcakes, Karl sees plastic. AO: What do you do now to stay in shape? KL: Nothing … I have a doctor who I made a book with that sold five million copies all over the world. Every country bought one, I think, in Russia and Italy and everywhere. But I don't get it — I don't know what Japan is going to do with a European diet book … Since I started my diet, which was like eight years ago, I haven't touched what I'm not supposed to: sugar, cheese, nothing! I don't even look at it. It looks to me like plastic. He hates tall, chatty models. KL: [N]owadays you start to model because you're young. Now the girls are sixteen, seventeen, fifteen, and Russian. They are like from another planetAO: They can look very bizarre!KL: I hate all these tall women. They are all giants! MKO: If only I were a little taller — that would make me happy! KL: You are one meter fifty-one. You are taller than that? AO: We're five feet and one inch. KL: Oh, I thought my office told me that you were four-foot eight or something. Not that it matters. What you need is a face. If you have a face you don't need height or a voice. Models know this; that's why the good ones don't need to talk much. And he hates working with male models. KL: I like to work with models for a long time. Sometimes the girls change, but some girls I work with for years and years. With male models it is different. I hate working with male models. AO: Ah, well boys come and go! KL: And I hate doing castings and things like this. "oh no you're not right" — that's horrible to say to someone. I never do castings. Other people do them, and then I see the result of the casting. It's humiliating for the models. Nor does he like to hear a man's opinion. KL: I don't have people I don't like around me ever. MKO: You don't have to. KL: …I don't work with many men. I don't want to ask the men about the fashion. Their opinion doesn't interest me. He gives the girls family-planning advice! KL: I like more classic [shapes] now. Best thing to do for skinny people to wear tight dresses. Although jeans are becoming too tight. AO: Ah! Yes, it's becoming a problem. It's the worst. KL: You can kill yourself in these jeans. MKO: Ha, I'd rather stay inside with my friends than limp out in tight trousers. KL: Maybe you'll stay inside with a baby. Do you want to get married? Children? Two perfect mums, yes? [Mary-Kate and Ashley look at each other] KL: Ah! Don't worry, you have time. You're young. Don't you want to get married? MKO: I don't feel the need to get married. But Ashley wants children. I'll be a great aunt or godmother. AO: To my child. KL: [To Ashley] Are you planning? AO: No. I don't even have a boyfriend. You have to plan that first, right? Figure that out first? KL: If you get a boyfriend it doesn't mean that! Today you can have a baby first. If you want. I never liked the idea of a family at all. If it's a woman — it's more fun for a woman. ____________________________________________________
Are you guys as excited as me? Of course I love how the girls dress and can't wait to see the pictures. I really want to read the rest of the Karl Lagerfeld interview, I like his subtle humour and to me, this was like peeking into the mind of a genius. * Source The Cut,
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