Karl Lagerfeld: Kids are dreadful

EN Fashion - Karl Lagerfeld found other children "dreadful" when he was young.

The eccentric designer is known for being somewhat of a lone wolf and isn't conservative with his opinions. Even as a little boy the 80-year-old Chanel and Fendi frontman knew he was different, rejecting the clothing items his peers were dressed in.

"I've always found short trousers degrading - they're for dumb boys," he shuddered to zeit.de.

"I didn't play with other children, I thought they were dreadful. The only thing I did was read, learn languages and sketch. As a child I only had one wish: to be grown up. Now I don't find that important anymore."

Karl feels happy in himself these days and despite admitting he's had times when he wasn't comfortable with his appearance, he's now at ease with it. He will always wear gloves to protect his hands, but in general he doesn't have a problem with the ageing process and would never resort to plastic surgery for a youthful look.

"Nothing makes you look older than attempting to look young," he said. "You can fool anyone, apart from the young. The worst are the lip operations. There are people who have it done and I don't recognise them afterwards. They look like they flew through the windscreen during a car accident and were patched up badly afterwards."

He might be in his ninth decade, but Karl claims he never feels tired and that people who complain they're sleepy are simply fooling themselves.

Many of his friends are young models such as 21-year-old Cara Delevingne and he thinks it's the key to staying sprightly.

"It's a question of energy. You need enthusiasm for what you do. And an environment where people aren't talking about illness or ageing," he mused.

"I don't know anyone from my generation. I find those people terrible. Even younger people are starting to talk about circulation problems. I have extreme self discipline, which I can barely call self discipline anymore because I can't see any other way to be.

"I live healthily and I don't drink alcohol, take drugs or smoke."

Karl added that he can't get drunk because he always falls asleep before he has enough alcohol to warrant inebriation.

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