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:

Charles Platiau/Reuters; Yutong Yuan/INSIDER

Source: Harper’s Bazaar.


On faking chic:

Stephane Mahe/Reuters; Yutong Yuan/INSIDER

Source: Harper’s Bazaar.


On his Instagram-famous cat, Choupette:

picture alliance/Getty Images; Yutong Yuan/INSIDER

Source: The Guardian.

Choupette’s Instagram page.


On Adele:

Charles Sykes/Invision/AP; Yutong Yuan/INSIDER

Source: The Guardian.


On tattoos:

Source: Glamour.


On Michelle Obama:

Gregorio Borgia/AP; Yutong Yuan/INSIDER

Source: Vogue.


On selfies:

Jens Kalaene/picture alliance via Getty Images; Yutong Yuan/INSIDER

Source: The Guardian.


On Russian men:

Andy Kropa/Invision/AP; Yutong Yuan/INSIDER

Source: France 24.


On Diet Coke:

Dominique Charriau/WireImage; Yutong Yuan/INSIDER

Source: Glamour.


On never being satisfied:

Francois Mori/AP; Yutong Yuan/INSIDER

Source: The Guardian.


On pyjamas:

Benoit Tessier/Reuters; Yutong Yuan/INSIDER

Source: France 24.


On love:

Charles Sykes/Invision/AP; Yutong Yuan/INSIDER

Source: France 24.


On sexuality:

Tony Gutierrez/AP; Yutong Yuan/INSIDER

Source: France 24.


On plus-size models:

Charles Sykes/Invision/AP; Yutong Yuan/INSIDER

Source: Vogue.


On short people:

Gonzalo Fuentes/Reuters; Yutong Yuan/INSIDER

Source: Sky News.


On death:

Massimo Sambucetti/AP; Yutong Yuan/INSIDER

Source: Numéro.


On retirement:

Christophe Ena/AP; Yutong Yuan/INSIDER

Source: France 24.

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