Chanel Designer Karl Lagerfeld: Why He Won’t Work With Hollywood Stars

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When Diane Kruger learned that she won on the role of Marie Antoinette in the upcoming film, Farewell, My Queen, she sought inspiration from a surprising candidate: Karl Lagerfeld.

The acclaimed couture designer has a background at esteemed fashion houses such as Chloe and Valentino, but he’s best known for his position as creative director at Chanel and Fendi. Today, his over-the-top fashion shows count as some of the year’s most highly anticipated events.

But why did Kruger seek the 78-year-old style icon’s help for a movie role?

“He is obsessed with Versailles and Marie Antoinette,” she told the Wall Street Journal. “When I got the part of the queen, he was one of the first people I called, and I walked over to his home and picked his brain for inspiration. I’ve known him since I was 16 years old, and today he’s both a friend and a neighbor.”

But Lagerfeld didn’t just talk fashion: Kruger revealed that he offered diverse insight into France’s most fashionable and controversial First Lady, thanks to his knowledge of art, culture and history.

Kruger was certainly lucky to have Lagerfeld on her side: he often eschews celebrity and is even against seeing A-listers don his designs on the red carpet. He has good reason: Lagerfeld once said that his clients have terminated orders after seeing celebs in the pieces they planned to buy.

Ironically, Lagerfeld could be called a celebrity himself — his personal style has become so recognized, it’s often duplicated at Halloween parties.

His stand-out look isn’t all he’s known for: he’s often made headlines with his sharp tongue.

In February 2012, he caused one of the year’s biggest controversies when he said that Grammy winner Adele was “a little too fat.” Even pop queen Madonna stepped up to the plate to defend the “Rolling In the Deep” star.

But Lagerfeld isn’t always negative — and when he does compliment, it’s like winning the lottery.

In June 2012, designers such as Nicholas Kirkwood critiqued Kate Middleton’s fashion style. Lagerfeld disagreed, saying “She looks perfect! There is nothing I have to change! I think she looks beautiful.”

He has other opinions, as well: click through our gallery to see more of Lagerfeld’s most outrageous quotes.

Are you a fan of Lagerfeld? Let us know in the comments section. And to learn more about Lagerfeld’s Marie Antoinette inspiration, view the video below.

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