He famously said of Pippa Middleton that "she should only show her back", but Chanel designer Karl Lagerfeld has a much higher opinion of her mother, Carole.
He told Grazia magazine: “I think Carole is very sexy. I think the mother is sexier than the daughters. There is something full of life about her. For a woman who must be 50 or so [she’s 57], I think she’s great. Full of energy.”
Carole Middleton came to global attention last year at her daughter’s wedding to Prince William when she wore an elegant powder blue, Catherine Walker suit, looking svelte after apparently embarking on the Dukan Diet.
Karl was also effusive about the Duchess of Cambridge. “ “Kate Middleton. I love Kate Middleton,” he said. “Kate can try anything. For make-up she has no limits.”
Although he has been less than complimentary about Kate’s sister Pippa in the past, he tried to explain away his previous remark about not liking Pippa’s face.
He said. “I didn’t mean that! I only meant I don’t think her make-up is right; she has a roundish face and round eyes and she should pick another make-up for the eyes.” But he then concluded, “Her sister’s more beautiful.”
The Duchess of Cambridge will no doubt also be pleased that she chose an Alexander McQueen dress and not a Chanel one for her wedding day.
According to Karl, “Normally I don’t recommend me for the wedding dresses – they all get a divorce.