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Karl Lagerfeld Guest Edits Metro Newspaper

Karl Lagerfeld on Staying Thin, Being Human — and More

>> Karl Lagerfeld guest edited today's issue of Metro International newspaper. In addition to featuring a Lagerfeld-sketched cover, a tour of Lagerfeld's work space, and interviews with some of Lagerfeld's most famous cohorts — Haider Ackermann, Silvia Venturini Fendi, Florence Welch, Carine Roitfeld — "The World According to Karl" edition also provides quite a bit of insight into the mind of the Chanel helmer himself. Read on for highlights:

On being human: "I look the part. But I’m not that human, hm? But more down-to-earth than me, you will never find. You cannot be more down-to-earth."

On his diet: "I haven't touched sugar, sweets, butter, cake, cheese — all of that — for more than 11 years, and I'm not even tempted. I’m beyond temptation. I think that's the best thing that can happen in life."

On his weight: "I found out that clothes are much better than scales and things like this. Clothes don't lie. If you have only clothes in one size and nothing one millimeter bigger, the minute something hurts somewhere, you know it's time. And always keep a pair of tight jeans, something tight for control. I know a woman who every year put on her wedding dress just to see if she can still fit in it. It's only a problem if you have four or five weddings."

On his sex drive: "No, I'm not very much interested in that. But it's not a question of time, people can make quickies, you know."

On Lana Del Rey: "I prefer Adele and Florence Welch. But as a modern singer she is not bad. The thing at the moment is Adele. She is a little too fat, but she has a beautiful face and a divine voice. Lana Del Rey is not bad at all. She looks very much like a modern-time singer. In her photos she is beautiful. Is she a construct with all her implants? She's not alone with implants."

On people saying he's done too many collaborations: "I couldn't care less. It depends if I know the people. If unknown people say this, they should send me a note and explain why. The limit is up to me to decide."

On watching television: "I like to be on TV, but I don't watch TV. I have no time for that . . . I prefer to live on my imagination."

On death: "I couldn't care less . . . if you ask me, it's like a sleep where you don't wake up. You don't remember before, you don't remember after. The only thing is, I don't want to be seen dead, huh? So anyway, over, over. The battery is finished, huh? Pfft."

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