Karl Lagerfeld's Best Quotes on Fashion, Celebrity, and His Over-the-top Lifestyle

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Photo credit: Kristy Sparow - Getty Images
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From Town & Country

After 36 years at the helm of Chanel, Karl Lagerfeld has died. In honor of his passing, here are nine of the designer's most memorable quotes.

On taking up Coco Chanel's enduring label.

"What I do Coco would have hated. The label has an image and it's up to me to update it. I do what she never did. I had to find my mark. I had to go from what Chanel was to what it should be, could be, what it had been to something else."

On his iconic look.

"I am like a caricature of myself, and I like that. It is like a mask. And for me the Carnival of Venice lasts all year long."

On having opinions.

"As a child I wanted to be a grown-up. I wanted to know everything—not that I like to talk about it. I hate intellectual conversation with intellectuals because I only care about my opinion."

On wasting money.

"If you throw money out of the window throw it out with joy. Don’t say: 'one shouldn’t do that'—that is bourgeois."

On becoming a celebrity.

"You cannot fight against it. There's a price you have to pay for fame, and people who don't want to pay that price can get in trouble. I accepted the idea of celebrity because of a French expression: 'You cannot have the butter and the money for the butter.'"

On his love of fashion.

"I am a kind of fashion nymphomaniac who never gets an orgasm."

On the lifestyle of his cat, Choupette.

"She has a strong personality. She has lunch and dinner with me on the table, with her own food... She sleeps under a pillow and even knows how to use an iPad."

On designing weddings gowns.

"Normally, I don't recommend me for wedding dresses—they all get a divorce."

On always working.

"Why should I stop working? If I do, I'll die and it'll all be finished. I'm lucky to work in the most perfect of conditions. I can do what I want in all kinds of areas. The expenses are not expenses. I would be stupid to stop that. Work is making a living out of being bored."

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