Paris - Chanel's head designer Karl Lagerfeld says he thinks the founder of the iconic French fashion house would have “hated” him if they had ever met.
Lagerfeld said he had been a “rude awakening” for the prestigious fashion house, which had “grown dusty” before his arrival in 1982.
“I never bumped into Coco Chanel. It was better that way, she would have hated me,” he told an audience of hundreds of French college students at a masterclass in Paris on Tuesday.
“You have to respect things, but if you want to survive, you have to change them,” he said, recalling how he had “pushed” and “exaggerated” classic Chanel themes.
The couture house this year marked the 100th anniversary of the opening of Gabrielle 'Coco' Chanel's first shop in Deauville in the summer of 1913.