Karl Lagerfeld did not hold back during a Q&A at Metro's Paris office, where he worked as guest editor on Monday. The German-born fashion designer made some mildly offensive (and extremely confusing) comments in what seemed to be intended as a lighthearted segment about the news of the day.
While he praised Michelle Obama (her face, I think, is magical), Queen Elizabeth II (looks very good in her recent photos) and Russian women (If I was a woman in Russia I would be a lesbian), fans of Adele (and Russian men) might not like what he had to say.
When discussing the phenomenon that is Lana Del Ray, Lagerfeld reportedly offered lukewarm admiration, backhanded compliments, and flat-out insults.
I prefer Adele and Florence Welch, Lagerfeld said. But as a modern singer [del Ray] is not bad. The thing at the moment is Adele. She is a little too fat, but she has a beautiful face and a divine voice.
Lana del Rey is not bad at all, he continued. She looks very much like a modern-time singer. In her photos she is beautiful. Is she a construct with all her implants? She's not alone with implants.
In the same breath that he complimented Russian women on their beauty, he attacked Russian men for their relatively lacking looks.
[Russian] men are very ugly, Lagerfeld said. There are a few handsome ones, like Naomi Campbell's boyfriend, but there you see the most beautiful women and the most horrible men.
But Lagerfeld's most baffling comments came in response to a questions about M.I.A.'s Super Bowl bird-flipping.
Nowadays people give the middle finger quite quickly - it's not the best behavior, Lagerfeld began, sensibly enough.
Everybody does that, what's new about that? It's just become a bad habit. People in magazines are 50% bimbo and 50% pregnant women.
What??? What does M.I.A.'s halftime show flub have to do with magazines, bimbo's, and pregnant women?
We're not sure if something was lost in translation here, as the above is from the text of the Q&A printed in Metro's U.S. edition.
Anyone have any clue what Lagerfeld was talking about?