From Short Men To Sweatpants To Children, Karl Lagerfeld Hates Pretty Much Everything

God bless Karl Lagerfeld.

The 81-year-old (or 76-year-old, depending on who you ask) German-born fashion designer has been working in the industry since 1955, when he was first hired as Pierre Balmain’s assistant. Since then he’s launched his own fashion house, as well as served as head designer and creative director for both Chanel and Fendi.

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Now, the folks over at Four Pins have compiled a comprehensive list of all the things Mr. Lagerfeld hates. And to the surprise of no one, it turns out he hates pretty much everything. Or maybe it’s just that he has really, really, really high standards.

Scroll down for some of our favorites from Mr. Lagerfeld’s ever-growing list of things he can’t stand…

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Short men:

“What I hate is nasty, ugly people … the worst is ugly, short men.” (April 2003, Vogue)

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“Sweatpants are a sign of defeat. You lost control of your life, so you bought some sweatpants.” (August 2011, Vogue)

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“I hate the smell of cooking.” (April 2008, Prestige)

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Being touched by strangers:

“I cannot go on airlines because people stare at me. You have to be touched by people. I hate that…I hate to be touched by strangers.”  (April 2008, Prestige)

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“That’s the last thing I want. I hate all children.” (April 2008, Prestige)

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Intellectual conversation with intellectuals:

“I hate intellectual conversation with intellectuals because I only care about my opinion, but I like to read very abstract constructions of the mind.” (March 2010, VICE)

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“I hate manicures. I do them myself. I’m pretty good at it. I cannot stand someone touching my fingers.” (September 2012, M magazine via Fashionista)

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New Years Eve:

“I hate New Year’s Eve! I think it’s terrible.” (February 2011, Savoir Flair)

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Flip flops:

“I hate sloppy footwear. What I hate most is flip-flops. I am physically allergic to flip-flops.” (September 2012, M magazine via Fashionista)

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Men who cross their legs:

“I like socks, but only up to the knee. I hate nothing more than when men cross their legs, and you see hairy legs, socks and pants–the worst. The worst!” (April 2014, BBC)

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And the thing he hates most in life:

“What I hate most in life is selfies.” (September 2014, Women’s Wear Daily)


“I hate selfies. …Don’t use your film for an ugly purpose.” (January 2015, The New York Times Magazine)

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And the other thing he hates most in life:

“I hate nothing more than my own past.” (June 2002, CNN Interview With Larry King)

h/t: Four Pins

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