The venerated style creator accepted the request of Harper’s Bazaar to feature in the ‘My List’ section and share the events of a usual working day with readers. In this interview Karl Lagerfeld reveals his weird daily routine which includes a few details about his sleeping habits, beauty regime and working conditions. One of the most highly acclaimed fashion godfathers is ready to offer fans an insight into his unique and surprising lifestyle.
The interview sheds light on the Kaiser’s bedtime habits, the style guru claims that, “I sleep seven hours. If I go to bed at two, I wake up at nine. If I go to bed at midnight, I wake up at seven. I don’t wake up before — the house can fall apart, but I sleep for seven hours.”
In addition to sleeping habits we also find out more about KL’s sleepwear, “I wear a long, full-length white shirt, in a material called poplin imperial, made for me by Hilditch & Key in Paris after a design of a 17th-century men’s nightshirt I saw at the Victoria and Albert Museum.”
Karl Lagerfeld also reveals more about his drinking habits: “I never drink anything hot; I don’t like hot drinks, very strange. I drink Diet Coke from the minute I get up to the minute I go to bed. I can even drink it in the middle of the night, and I can sleep.”
Fans were always fascinated of the unique and ultra-refined hairdo of the couturier. Karl Lagerfeld confesses that, “I have my hair done because I hate to have hair in my face when I sketch. My hair is not really white; it’s kind of grayish, and I don’t like the color. So I make it totally white with Klorane dry shampoo. That is the best thing to do because my hair is always clean.”
The morning routine of Karl Lagerfeld is equally surprising. The Kaiser says that, “I don’t get dressed and take a bath until lunchtime because I am doing a dirty job, painting with colors.
So I wear my long nightshirt; it becomes kind of like a painter’s smock, then it goes to the laundry. I have everything—sheets and nightshirt and robes — changed every day. I like everything to be washable, myself included.”
In addition to these lifestyle details we also find out more about his favorite ‘uniforms’ he sports on working days, “My latest uniform is actually two looks — a special jacket with tails made by Dior, but not what you wear for weddings. I have them made in tweed and things like this. Then I have another jacket I love from the new Dior men’s collection that I bought five of, so people think I wear the same thing every day, but in fact it’s never the same thing. And then I wear jeans; at the moment they are from my new collection. They are dark gray with my face, my profile, printed in black on them, but you really have to look at it to see it.”
Mr. Lagerfeld also shares a few details about his working conditions, “The way I sketch, the way I work, I prefer to do all my work in the evening or in the morning and during the weekend, and I send everything on the iPhone. I’m not there in the studio draping — I don’t do those things. My work is very conceptual.”
Finally the Chanel designer is asked about his fave spare time activity, “Lately, I play with my cat, Choupette. The cat always stays home, and when I leave, the maid takes care of her. The cat is like a very refined object; she doesn’t go into the street, and she doesn’t go to other places. She is a spoiled princess.”
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