When I took over Chanel, it was a Sleeping Beauty: almost dead. She was snoring.
Karl Lagerfeld is one of the most iconic designers of the moment and a true legend to those who know the result of 30 years of outstanding work with Chanel and Fendi. He began his collaboration with the Chanel house with the January 1983 Haute Couture show and successfully continued Coco’s legacy ever since.
Rodolphe Marconi managed to sketch bits of the designer’s statements into a documentary which emphasizes what Karl Lagerfeld really means. Lagerfeld Confidential (2007) is a production which every fashion lover must see.
Je suis un visionnaire !
The designer highlights the difference between being a dreamer and being a man with vision. Therefore, he states that he was born determined. Karl Lagerfeld sees himself as a visionary.
Karl states that he sometimes dreams what he is about to create. after that, the only thing left to do is to work on the details. Nevertheless, he confesses that it is a thing which seldom happens.
Also, he explains that he would not have the patience to work 100 hours on a dress, therefore his job is only to create.
“I hate people who can’t be by themselves.” (Je deteste les gens qui peuvent pas etre seuls).
Typically to creative minds, Karl needs his time alone, in order to concentrate on his work, read, recharge his batteries, as he explains. The designer states that not only he loves taking time to himself, but he very much dislikes those who cannot be alone, a choice he cannot understand. Lagerfeld makes it clear again, in the end of the documentary, that solitude is a victory for him.
I don’t want to have reality in anyone’s lives because I don’t want it in mine.
Karl Lagerfeld talks openly and reveals aspects of his life . Questioned about his childhood, he states that he was like a male Shirley Temple: rather unbearable and spoiled. Karl reveals a funny fact about himself: he never travels without a cushion made by his nanny, which he likes to hold on his tummy when he goes to sleep. Actually, the cushion appears in an interview during a flight. He even answers to the director’s indiscretion regarding his sexual orientation, which he has been fully aware of ever since he was 11 years old. Concerning how much people around him know how he truly is, the designer states that he prefers that not even his most beloved ones knew him that good.
Yet another funny side of Karl Lagerfeld is spotted in the film. The director reveals the sign hanging on the toilet door in Karl’s house: Si tu pisses partout t’es pas Chanel du tout. (Pissing everywhere isn’t very Chanel)
Finally, a selection of quotes.
I hate nothing more than “the good old days”. It makes the present second-hand.
I hate hard-workers. Things must be casual.
I don’t want to be real in other people’s lives. I want to be an apparition. I appear then I disappear.
Fashion is ephemeral, dangerous and unjust. (La mode est ephemere, dangeroux et injuste).
Here you can watch the documentary with English subtitles, as it was produced in French. Enjoy!