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In Another Life, Karl Lagerfeld Would Be a Cartoonist


Iman and Karl Lagerfeld   
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A lesson from Karl Lagerfeld: "It's very dangerous—if you want to get enemies, you do cartoons." The Chanel creative director shared this little piece of wisdom with last night at the Gordon Parks Foundation annual charity dinner, where he was honored along with Spike Lee, Arianna Huffington, and Stephanie Winston Wolkoff for being a visionary creative in his respective field.

"If I had more time, I would go back to cartoons and illustrations," Lagerfeld said as he arrived with Freja Beha Erichsen. "It was what I wanted to do before I knew that I could make a life in fashion—I especially love a German magazine called Simplicissimus because they can tell a story in one line." Although there might be Karl cartoons coming sometime in the future, he told us he's currently focused on his book, film, and fashion projects. And as for collecting photographs like the ones by Gordon Parks, Renate Aller, and Bruce Weber that were on the block at the auction, the Kaiser "has no space for photos."

Iman, the mistress of ceremonies for the evening, wasn't buying, either, but her reasoning was a bit different—she already has several Gordon Parks photographs at home. Before performances by Rufus Wainwright and Blue Man Group, the model—who worked with the legendary Parks in the early days of her career—reminisced about the lensman. "He used to cook for me all the time and then take me to museums," she said. "He wanted to show me a world outside of fashion."

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