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Tuesday 16 September 2014

Karl Lagerfeld reveals he has not attended business meeting in 31 years

Published 09/01/2013 | 14:11

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Designer also refuses to focus on what might sell

Designer Karl Lagerfeld has not been to a business meeting in over three decades.

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The designer has been creative director of Chanel since 1983 and also works for Fendi and has his own label. Karl is renowned for collaborating with other companies on collections too, such as his turn for H&M and Macy's.

Despite his success, the star doesn't believe in traditional ways of running a business.

"I’ve never gone to a meeting in 31 years," he said at the WWD CEO Summit at New York's Plaza Hotel this week. "[I never think of what will sell either.] No, thank god no. Then it becomes marketing. I hope it will [sell], but I dont formulate - that would be a very unhealthy thing. Fashion is for people to wear. I’m happy that so many people in the world like Chanel."

Karl creates the usual Fall/Winter and Spring/Summer collections for all the brands he is involved with and also offers Resort and pre-Fall lines. Many designers find the sheer amount of work involved daunting, but Karl doesn't want to hear complaints.

"When you accept the job, you know the conditions," he said. "After a certain amount of time, don’t start to be the victim. If you want that scale you have to be up to that scale. If you think it’s too much, don’t accept. I do it because I enjoy it."

The 79-year-old's lengthy career and outspoken attitude has made him one of the most talked about people in the industry. Despite this, he has no plans to pen a book about his life.

"No memoir. I have nothing to say. What I could say I cannot say. The problem is that things were not always that pleasant. I don’t want to give [those people] the pleasure of ever mentioning them again," he laughed.

Karl touched on many other subjects during his interviews. He never questions himself when he finds a new aesthetic, preferring to go with his gut and hates it when people "create complications in order to appear more professional".

He also had some words about couture, which he's seen change a great deal over the years, and about the decade he dislikes the most.

"There are so many new worlds, and so much new money. We have more couture clients now than we did 20 years ago. Many of the rich people of the past are poor compared to the rich people of today, I'm sorry," he said.

"The '80s were very difficult. I prefer to forget about them."





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