Why is Kaiser (Lagerfeld) hating on Coco?

What crawled up Karl Lagerfeld’s ass and died?  When speaking at the International Herald Tribune’s Luxury Heritage earlier this week, the Kaiser spoke about the mistakes Coco Chanel made in her career. Here is the gem that came out of his mouth:

“The first [mistake] was when she said ‘Not one man I have spoken to likes a woman in mini skirts’. I think no one dared to tell this 86-year-old lady that miniskirts are great and really sexy. Number two was when she decided blue jeans were horrible. This was the fashion of the world at that particular moment – it was the Sixties. No one wanted to be told by an old lady that miniskirts and jeans weren’t chic. The result was that she lost her power and in the end no one cared about what she did.”

Huh.  Yes Karl, Coco clearly lost all of her creed as the designer of Parisien chic… which is exactly why you don’t have a job… wait.. aren’t you still the designer of the Chanel empire and have obscene amounts of money at your disposal to host the most lavish fashion shows known to man, like Cruise 2011 where you flew all editors and guests alike to St. Tropez:

Yeah, clearly Coco left you nothing to work with Karl. Something is amiss, maybe he is cranky from the void that not eating carbs has left?  Seriously, Chanel was about refinement, class and elegance.  A mini skirt, as wonderful and game changing as it was for fashion in the 1960’s has never, and will never be known as refined, classy or elegant.  Karl’s statement is equivalent to saying if Ralph Lauren stated that “hot pants aren’t sexy”, he would loose his fashion authority and power. Not so much.  What is more likely is that he simply wouldn’t be affected as his core customer probably isn’t expecting her hot pants to come from RL (if she is wearing them at all).

Karl, Karl, Karl, please go eat a Croque Madame at Balthazar ASAP and calm that aggressive attitude in the pleasure of cheese and bread before you annoy me any further with your snarky  opinion, which given your authority in fashion, people take as gospel.

Merci.

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