Karl Lagerfeld: I don't chuck people away
Karl Lagerfeld never throws a model in “the garbage can”.
The revered designer recently showed off his new Fendi Autumn/Winter 15 collection at Milan Fashion Week. He is the creative director of the Italian fashion house, as well as helming Chanel and his namesake brand.
When casting a model for Fendi, Karl is not concerned about age.
“I don’t think in terms of age, rather I think in terms of period. These are the girls of the moment. We look at all the new faces and we also look at all the faces from before, because I don’t just throw them in the garbage can,” Karl told British InStyle magazine. “For example, I haven’t worked with Jessica Stam for some seasons now, and I must say, she looked great. She has a natural elegance and she walks beautifully.”
Last month’s Milan showcase featured the likes of Kendall Jenner, Doutzen Kroes and Karlie Kloss.
Karl hopes the collection, which was designed with Silvia Venturini Fendi, can be worn for many years to come.
“It’s different. There was no period reference. I like the riding pants with high heels and hands in pockets. And I am very happy with the flat shoes. They’re chic, non?” he mused.
“[The plastic tops] they’re perforated, huh – because if not, they would be stiff. It would be like meat wrapping, it would be horrible. I like the effect they create; you don’t know whether it is water, or sequins. They’re not attached [to the top underneath] – you can wear with or without, or pair them with something else. I like the pieces to be used later in life in different circumstances.”