There was a rumour circulating last week that Karl Lagerfeld was being replaced at Chanel. Obviously a major development. The rumour was swiftly debunked. Karl is still perched in place…

But at 75, maybe Karl – blasphemy! – is losing his touch?

It’s not possible.

But…maybe it is.

Karl, as you know, delivers amazingness every time he opens his mouth. His amazingness is rooted in randomness. And the fact that he’s f-cking crazy. Who else would have been capable of this article? If you’ve never had the pleasure, you must read it. Or read it again if you already have. You must because Karl may be slowing down. His best might be behind him.


But then how do you explain this?

It’s no secret, Karl has some kind of hate-on for Heidi Klum. It’s the best. Usually his comments about Heidi are vintage Lagerfeld. Like his latest:

“I don’t know her. Claudia [Schiffer] doesn’t know her. She was never in Paris, we don’t know her.”

She was never in Paris!

This is classic. It’s a keeper.

But then Karl goes on to attack Seal. And here’s where he falls off the throne:

“I am no dermatologist but I wouldn’t want his skin. Mine looks better than his. He is covered in craters.”

Oh Karl. Aside from the deplorable insensitivity to lupus, obviously, the other problem with this quip is that there’s no art to it. It’s the equivalent of a fart joke. There’s no vision behind it. A junior designer could have delivered it. And THAT is what hurts Karl the most.

Here’s Karl with his teddy Karl the other day at some talk show.


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