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“Nothing Makes You Look Older Than Attempting To Look Young,” Says Karl Lagerfeld


Karl Lagerfeld

At the helm of three houses (Fendi, Chanel, and his namesake), with countless collaborations under his belt and working on republishing the Nietzsche volumes—not to mention planning Chanel’s undoubtedly epic Resort show in Dubai, scheduled for tomorrow—how does Karl Lagerfeld stay looking so young? Not only does he say no to drugs, drinking, and smoking, the 80-year-old designer avoids cosmetic operations. “The worst are lip operations. There are people who have it done and I don’t recognize them afterwards. They look like they flew through the windscreen during a car accident and were patched up badly afterwards.” Don’t get him wrong, though—as any man in the fashion world should, Lagerfeld still loves to look good. “You know, I’m so shallow, I always want what is exactly new. I am wasteful and others benefit. I do not like sitting on money. It should circulate.” And stimulate the economy he does, acknowledging Dior Homme, Raf Simons, and Givenchy as his “main things.” Want the secret to Karl’s kept youthfulness? “Nothing makes you look older than attempting to look young.”

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