17 of Karl Lagerfeld’s most iconic and controversial quotes

  • Karl Lagerfeld has died at the age of 85.
  • Chanel’s creative director died in hospital in Paris on Tuesday morning.
  • Aside from his creative direction, Lagerfeld will be remembered for his zingy – and often controversial – one-liners.
  • The designer made headlines in the past for fat-shaming and slighting the looks of all Russian men.
  • INSIDER compiled 17 of the designer’s most memorable soundbites – both good and bad.

Karl Lagerfeld has died aged 85, the House of Karl Lagerfeld confirmed on Tuesday.

The creative director of Chanel died in hospital in Paris after being urgently admitted on Monday night, according to French news site Pure People.

While a cause of death is not yet known, Le Figaro reported that Lagerfeld had been “weak for many weeks.” Last month, he missed two Chanel fashion shows in Paris after appearing at every one since joining the design house in 1983, according to Harper’s Bazaar, a move that sparked speculation about his health.

Aside from his creative direction, Lagerfeld will be remembered for his zingy – and often controversial – one-liners.

From calling the singer Adele fat to shaming the looks of all Russian men, Lagerfeld was unapologetically a man of pure aesthetics, whether people agreed with him or not.

INSIDER compiled 17 of the designer’s most memorable soundbites. Scroll down to read them all.


On sweatpants:

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Source: Harper’s Bazaar.


On faking chic:

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Source: Harper’s Bazaar.


On his Instagram-famous cat, Choupette:

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Source: The Guardian.

Choupette’s Instagram page.


On Adele:

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Source: The Guardian.


On tattoos:

Source: Glamour.


On Michelle Obama:

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Source: Vogue.


On selfies:

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Source: The Guardian.


On Russian men:

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Source: France 24.


On Diet Coke:

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Source: Glamour.


On never being satisfied:

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Source: The Guardian.


On pyjamas:

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Source: France 24.


On love:

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Source: France 24.


On sexuality:

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Source: France 24.


On plus-size models:

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Source: Vogue.


On short people:

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Source: Sky News.


On death:

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Source: Numéro.


On retirement:

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Source: France 24.