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Friday, 22 February, 2019

Karl Lagerfeld

Karl Lagerfeld (1933 – 2019). “Elegance is an attitude,” he once said. He was right.

Lagerfeld didn’t shun controversy. Unfashionably, he defended the use of fur in fashion. In a BBC interview in 2009 he claimed that hunters “make a living having learnt nothing else than hunting, killing those beasts who would kill us if they could.” He caused outrage when he called the singer Adele “A little too fat” and, while praising Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, for her “romantic beauty”, he angered fans of her sibling, Pippa Middleton, by saying: “I don’t like the sister’s face. She should only show her back”.

Another target was Uli Hoeneß, a former German footballer, and president of the Bayern Munich club, who shipped hundreds of millions of euros over the German border into Vontobel, a private Swiss bank. He did the crime and he did the time in 2014. The Alpine aspects of the Hoeneß footy affair were deftly captured in this sketch by Karl Lagerfeld for the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung weekend magazine in 2013.

Uli Hoeneß


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