Uncle Karl’s Influence

I’m guessing my readers all love fashion, that’s a no brainer. I’m hoping that like me, you also love Mary-Kate & Ashley Olsen and cannot wait for their book Influence to come out. The Cut got an advanced copy….yippee! Here’s a couple of extracts of their interview with Karl Lagerfeld.

Where we see cupcakes, Karl sees plastic.

AO: What do you do now to stay in shape?
KL: Nothing … I have a doctor who I made a book with that sold five million copies all over the world. Every country bought one, I think, in Russia and Italy and everywhere. But I don’t get it — I don’t know what Japan is going to do with a European diet book … Since I started my diet, which was like eight years ago, I haven’t touched what I’m not supposed to: sugar, cheese, nothing! I don’t even look at it. It looks to me like plastic.

He hates tall, chatty models.

KL: [N]owadays you start to model because you’re young. Now the girls are sixteen, seventeen, fifteen, and Russian. They are like from another planetAO: They can look very bizarre!KL: I hate all these tall women. They are all giants!
MKO: If only I were a little taller — that would make me happy!
KL: You are one meter fifty-one. You are taller than that?
AO: We’re five feet and one inch.
KL: Oh, I thought my office told me that you were four-foot eight or something. Not that it matters. What you need is a face. If you have a face you don’t need height or a voice. Models know this; that’s why the good ones don’t need to talk much.

And he hates working with male models.

KL: I like to work with models for a long time. Sometimes the girls change, but some girls I work with for years and years. With male models it is different. I hate working with male models.
AO: Ah, well boys come and go!
KL: And I hate doing castings and things like this. “oh no you’re not right” — that’s horrible to say to someone. I never do castings. Other people do them, and then I see the result of the casting. It’s humiliating for the models.

Nor does he like to hear a man’s opinion.

KL: I don’t have people I don’t like around me ever.
MKO: You don’t have to.
KL: …I don’t work with many men. I don’t want to ask the men about the fashion. Their opinion doesn’t interest me.

He gives the girls family-planning advice!

KL: I like more classic [shapes] now. Best thing to do for skinny people to wear tight dresses. Although jeans are becoming too tight.
AO: Ah! Yes, it’s becoming a problem. It’s the worst.
KL: You can kill yourself in these jeans.
MKO: Ha, I’d rather stay inside with my friends than limp out in tight trousers.
KL: Maybe you’ll stay inside with a baby. Do you want to get married? Children? Two perfect mums, yes?
[Mary-Kate and Ashley look at each other] KL: Ah! Don’t worry, you have time. You’re young. Don’t you want to get married?
MKO: I don’t feel the need to get married. But Ashley wants children. I’ll be a great aunt or godmother.
AO: To my child.
KL: [To Ashley] Are you planning?
AO: No. I don’t even have a boyfriend. You have to plan that first, right? Figure that out first?
KL: If you get a boyfriend it doesn’t mean that! Today you can have a baby first. If you want. I never liked the idea of a family at all. If it’s a woman — it’s more fun for a woman.

Are you guys as excited as me? Of course I love how the girls dress and can’t wait to see the pictures. I really want to read the rest of the Karl Lagerfeld interview, I like his subtle humour and to me, this was like peeking into the mind of a genius.

* Source The Cut, MKAshley.com

Reena Rai

Reena Rai is a 30-something London-based fashion, travel and lifestyle blogger. She has been blogging for 10 years (!), previously at fashiondaydreams.com before launching her self-titled blog.



  1. Emily
    October 24, 2008 / 2:58 pm

    wow, i’m impressed with karl’s discipline. when i see cupcakes, i wonder just how many i can shove down my throat without becoming morbidly obese.

  2. Myriam
    October 24, 2008 / 8:07 pm

    The interview was so fun to read!

  3. Valentine
    October 25, 2008 / 12:50 am

    Oh! I was looking for an excerpt and goodie you have it! haha.. Karl Lagerfeld always manages to make me hate/love him at the same time. He is so surreal– more like a caricature than a real being. Its weird.. and yet you can imagine him being that recluse (yet incredibly rich) man living down the block from you.sorry about the long comment.. Karl makes me all hyper, really.

  4. ♥ fashion chalet
    October 25, 2008 / 3:29 pm

    It’s a high to wait but I’m a very impatient person too, so it’s kinda hard to deal with, but whenever the packages arrive it’ll be like Christmas! :)xo/ fashion chalet

  5. Dapper Kid
    October 25, 2008 / 3:39 pm

    Wow, that was pretty interesting, he seems far more human than his other interviews.

  6. JuliaFuentez
    October 25, 2008 / 10:55 pm

    i cant wait for the book

  7. yiqin;
    October 26, 2008 / 5:00 pm

    Mmhmm thanks for sharing 🙂 I love his sense of humour too.

  8. May Kasahara
    October 27, 2008 / 7:35 pm

    I want to read more of it oh and YES. I think they are kidney worthy. or maybe half my spleen. ♥

  9. *~The World is My Catwalk~*
    October 27, 2008 / 8:57 pm

    I wish I could see pasta, pizza, crabcakes, cupcakes and chocolate as plastic too! heehee…Karl is adorable… I’m all giddy and excited too!!

  10. Nisey♥Smooches
    October 27, 2008 / 10:43 pm

    that pic is great i love it 🙂

  11. Nisey♥Smooches
    October 27, 2008 / 10:43 pm

    that pic is great i love it 🙂

    October 28, 2008 / 12:46 am

    hahhahhahahhaha i laughed and laughed at Karls response and comments. wow let me get my breath back first….ok its back.So we know he wont like me as I am 6ft1 so im definately going to be from another planet in his eyes.hahahhaalso is he trying to convince the olsens to procreate? also the bit about the tight jeans got me laughing as he wears the tightest pairs and so do the olsens too.fab interview excerpt and many kind thanks for sharing.xxmarianp.s when i started laughing the hubby asked what i was laughing at. so i said to him,oh its a funny interview with Karl L. so hubby asks..”is he a blogger?” i was like…”erm no..” hahhabless his socks,he is not interested in the sligtest in fashion

  13. Annie
    October 28, 2008 / 7:12 am

    Two perfect mums, lol! Interesting read.

  14. Kate
    October 28, 2008 / 1:12 pm

    Who knew KL could be fun to talk to? He is funny but I agree. If you have the face, you don’t need to be chatty. You can command interest without opening your mouth.

  15. Juliet
    October 28, 2008 / 5:43 pm

    Karl has so much to say!juliet xxx

  16. Charlotte
    October 28, 2008 / 6:15 pm

    I willing to read the bok as well. Thx for this!

  17. Bella
    October 28, 2008 / 7:32 pm

    This was so fun and interesting to read… (Love Karl) and I might have to check it out!xxx

  18. J'Adore Fashion
    October 29, 2008 / 7:15 pm

    fun interview, love karl 🙂

  19. J'Adore Fashion
    October 29, 2008 / 7:15 pm

    fun interview, love karl 🙂

  20. Dana (MODAna)
    October 30, 2008 / 10:43 pm

    he’s crazy, no doubthaha “all you need is a face”only in fashion can ppl get away wit thatlove how he told ashley to just have a baby this was too good

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