Do You Stop Writing When The Page Ends?

photo: lula magazine
I was reading an article about Karl Lagerfeld. He was interviewed in the old Chanel studio and talked about his work, Zaha Hadid and some of today's major concerns in the fashion industry.

Architect Zaha Hadid created a museum, a portable exhibition space: the Chanel Mobile Art Pavilion. It is fully transportable, for show in Asia, New York, London, Moscow and Paris - and inside is an art exhibition celebrating Chanel handbags. Karl declares himself an admirer of her work in the days before her buildings were constructed.

Karl says he believes Hadid has produced a new shape for the 21st century. But he doesn't think that himself and Zaha share a similar metier. Even though, I might add, architecture and fashion are related in the way that creation and invention are some of the base ingredients...
Clothes if they are not well cut, you can kill nobody. A building poorly built can kill people. It's a much more difficult work. I would not compare myself with that.

He defends elitism and capitalism: "I can be interested in a $20m diamond I will never buy, without desiring the diamond. If you want only things you can afford, it's boring too. It's great to see things you may not buy - because you don't have the money - but it is very ugly to think they shouldn't exist because you can not buy them."

Some general thoughts about the economic meltdown? Sure: "I see it like a cleaning up - it was too rotten anyway - so it had to be cleaned up... I see it like a healthy thing - horrible but healthy, like some miracle treatment of the world.

So, will it be harder to sell handbags? Those expensive, dream handbags he is creating? Lagerfeld answers: "What is the real world? If you have no dreams, or if you don't try to improve real life of everybody, people would ask why they get up in the morning. You have to have a drive. My drive is the work I do. People have different kinds of dreams. After all, people need a handbag, there are cheaper handbags. But if you can buy a beautiful one and if that's your dream to buy, why not?"

1 comment:

  1. I agree with him, I always do. And not because he's Karl. I agree with him, because he's right.

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