In a rare interview for CNN Style a monthly TV programme which airs on CNN International , Chanel creative director Karl Lagerfeld sat down for an interview with writer, editor and New York Times best selling author Derek Blasberg at Karl’s studio in Paris during model fittings ahead of his Haute Couture show. In the interview with CNN Style,  Karl Lagerfeld who rarely gives interviews candidly expressed his view on many issues which you can watch in the clip below however we have picked out some of the the major highlights from the interview.

Derek Blasberg with Karl Lagerfeld for CNN Style

Derek Blasberg with Karl Lagerfeld for CNN Style

 ON HOW HE SEES PARIS AT THE PRESENT TIME:

The question is a little bit difficult to answer because this is not the most glamorous moment in Paris. I must say my whole life I never saw Paris that gloomy, but I couldn’t care less because I have my studio, I have my work, I go to Rome so it’s perfect. But Paris has to make an effort to become Paris again.”

ON HOW PARIS HAS CHANGED SINCE HE ARRIVED IN THE 1950s:

“….Beyond very different; it was another world. There was no feeling of danger…I mean it was very French in the sense that it looked like an old French movie. I have the feeling I lived in a world that no longer exists. In Italy the spirit hasn’t changed much, especially in Florence, but Paris and France has changed. But in a way Paris is still the best place to show fashion.

 Chanel creative director Karl Lagerfeld

Chanel creative director Karl Lagerfeld

ON WHETHER HE IS STILL INSPIRED BY FASHION:

Yes, but the inspiration of Paris is a cliché. It is the inspiration of whatever can be…you have the ideas or you don’t have the ideas wherever they come from…….….I squeeze my brain…I don’t know …it comes naturally… I don’t know.  I have no plan. Everything comes by accident and like this. It’s in the air and I try to capture the air.

ON BEING AN ‘INTELLECTUAL OPPORTUNIST’:

We are living in a changing world. I like change because you can you know if things they will last they will be less interesting. It is better be an opportunist. I am an intellectual opportunist.”

Derek Blasberg

Derek Blasberg

ON REMAINING CONSISTENT IN A WORLD WHICH HAS CHANGED SO MUCH:

The most surprised person is myself! It is a miracle and I am not a cute young designer. It is a very strange story but at the same time I am a strange to my own story. Very bizarre. It is the person people see and there is the boy working and sketching and doing the homework. But I Iove this double life. What they imagine and what my reality is; I am enchanted by both.

Credit: CNN Style

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