Chanel creative director Karl Lagerfeld, who is known for his controversial views on well, ... just about everything, has spoken out again. Lagerfeld sat down with the Guardian recently (note: "He [was] late for the interview, naturally. Two hours late – his jet is still circling above a private airfield outside London as we're due to start.") to talk about Cara Delevingne, selfies, tattoos, and of course, the sneakers he showed in Chanel's Spring couture collection. Here are some of the most awesome excerpts ...
On selfies: They are this horrible thing where you are distorted. The chin is too big, the head is too small. No, this is electronic masturbation.
On tattoos: It's like sleeping in a printed T-shirt, you will never get clean again.
On his workload (which consists of Chanel, Fendi and his namesake collection): If you like what you do, you don't count.
On being old: To be sloppy after 25 is a problem. You have to be really fresh to wear stuff that doesn't look fresh.
On model Cara Delevingne: She is not a standout beauty. Was it Bacon who said, 'There is not beauty without some strangeness in the proportions'?
On his cat, Choupette: Everything is controlled by her. She wakes me up at 7am because she wants me to bring her fresh croquettes, she won't touch food from the night before, she gets offers for food commercials but it is out of the question. She is a kept woman.
On his eponymous label: You cannot dance at three parties on the same evening. I always said to my investors to put it on another level and make it affordable. I think that's a modern attitude.
And on those Chanel couture sneakers: I thought it was an elegant idea to put them with dressy things. If you look at fashion from the 1840s women wore flat shoes. Stella Tennant, in real life, I've hardly ever seen her in stilettos.
On himself: I'm never happy and pleased with what I'm doing ... I always think I'm lazy, maybe I could do better, I could make more effort and I always have the feeling that there is a glass wall that I cannot get through. But maybe when I get through, then it's over.