Karl Lagerfeld is a larger-than-life sort of figure, with no-holds-barred comments on practically every pertinent issue of our time. In a new interview with Numero, Karl dished on the world after Harvey Weinstein, a time where women are telling their stories of harassment to the world.
During the conversation, Karl, like other controversial stars including Liam Neeson, admitted he’s not particularly fond of the #MeToo movement for a few reasons, but we’ll only explore one here.
According to the legendary designer, some men are being thrown under the bus for things that are simply not that bad; Interactions which may be unprofessional, but harmless, nonetheless.
When asked what he thinks about the movement, Karl said, “I’m fed up with it.” He explained that what’s the most shocking to him is the fact women have stayed silent for twenty years or more.
As for his thoughts on the former Miramax executive, Karl admitted he couldn’t stand Harvey Weinstein. He said that he had a “problem with him” at amfAR. Thankfully, for Karl anyway, the “Time’s Up” initiative and #MeToo movement have had no effect on the way he works.
As for the future of the fashion world, Karl said it’s looking bleak because of the way photographers and designers have to make sure there is consent for nearly every step of the process. It’s almost spirit-crushing on some level.
He said, “It’s simply too much, from now on, as a designer, you can’t do anything.” Lagerfeld added that he “read somewhere” that a person must ask the model if she is comfortable with posing.
The more controversial side of the interview came when Karl made recommendations for women who are aspiring models. He said that if a woman doesn’t want to deal with her pants getting tugged at while on set, then perhaps she shouldn’t become a model.