My mother used to say I looked like an 'old dyke': Outspoken designer Karl Lagerfeld reveals his parent's reaction to his early fashion aspirations
19:03 GMT, 26 September 2012
He’s famous for his cutting put downs, and it seems designer Karl Lagerfeld may have inherited his acid tongue from his mother.
The 79-year-old German designer has revealed that he became interested in fashion at an early age, however his mother wasn’t particularly encouraging and told him he looked like an ‘old dyke’ in hats.
‘I love hats, in a way, but when I was a child, I'd wear Tyrolean hats, and my mother – I was something like eight – said to me, “You shouldn't wear hats. You look like an old dyke,”’ he told men's magazine M.
Things my mother told me: Designer Karl Lagerfeld says his mother wasn't particularly encouraging when he became interested in fashion at an early age
‘Do you say such things to children She was quite funny, no’
Thankfully his father was more supportive of his fashion choices and once bought him his dream coat when the youngster said he rather ‘die’ die from the cold weather than wear anything else.
‘I remember one time in winter in 1956 – it was beyond cold,’ he added.
Lagerfeld, who is head designer and creative director for French fashion house Chanel, also revealed that he absolutely hates tattoos.
‘I think tattoos are horrible,’ he said. ‘It's like living in a Pucci dress full-time. If you're young and tight, maybe it's OK, but…’
Lagerfeld came under fire earlier this year when he remarked that the Duchess of Cambridge’s sister Pippa Middleton should ‘only show her back’.
Pick of the family: Lagerfeld thinks Carol is 'sexier' than her two daughters
‘Her sister struggles. I don't like the sister's face,’ he told The Sun newspaper. ‘She should only show her back.’
He later clarified that he was referring to the 29-year-old's make-up style rather than her features.
Lagerfeld went on to reveal that he is a big than of the sisters' mother Carole
'I think Carole is very sexy,' he told Grazia UK. '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 I think she's great. Full of energy.'
Lagerfeld also apologised to singer Adele earlier this year after saying that she was ‘too fat’.
Fashion favourite: Karl Lagerfeld with Florence Welch on the runway at the Chanel Spring / Summer 2012 show in Paris
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Lagerfeld on the Middleton sisters:
'Kate Middleton has a nice silhouette and she is the right girl for
that boy,' he told The Sun in 2012. ' I like that kind of woman, I like
romantic beauties. On the other hand, her sister struggles.I don't like
the sister's face. She should only show her back.'
Lagerfeld on singer Adele:
'The thing at the moment is Adele,' he told Paris's Metro in 2012.
She is a little too fat, but she has a beautiful face and a divine
Lagerfeld's take on style at the royal wedding:
'This was not a collection, this was the choices of this kind of
woman for this kind of ceremony: the bad proportions, the ugly hats, the
short skirts on fat legs,' he told style.com in 2011.
Putting his foot into it: Lagerfeld apologised to singer Adele after saying that she was 'too fat'
Lagerfeld on Russians:
'If I was a woman in Russia I would be a lesbian, as the men are very
ugly,' he told Paris's Metro in 2012. 'There are a few handsome ones,
like Naomi Campbell's boyfriend, but there you see the most beautiful
women and the most horrible men.”'
Lagerfeld on German supermodel Heidi Klum:
'I don't know Heidi Klum,' he told German GQ magazine. 'She was
never known in France. Claudia Schiffer also doesn't know who she is.'
Lagerfeld on Ines de la Fressange, his ex-muse:
'I wish her all the luck in the world, just so long as I don't have to see her anymore or hear her spoken about.'
Lagerfeld on fellow fashion designer, Yves Saint Laurent in 1984:
'He is very middle-of-the-road French-very pied-noir, very provincial.'
Lagerfeld on Lana del Rey:
'Is she a construct with all her implants,' he told Paris's Metro in 2012.
Lagerfeld on women who complain about seeing thin models in fashion magazines:
'They are fat mummies sitting with their bags of crisps in front of
the television, saying that thin models are ugly',' he told Focus
magazine in 2009.
Lagerfeld on the Queen:
'She looks a little bit like her grandmother – a more smiley
version,' he told Paris's Metro in 2012. 'In terms of what she wears,
she's come into herself a little bit more – whatever that is.'