Karl Lagerfeld turns 80 today! And at an age when most people would like to retire and watch some TV, he’s still helming both Chanel and Fendi, designing Coke cans, and operating a Twitter feed for his cat.
Lagerfeld’s landmark birthday is actually a bit of a surprise, because he’s been pretty sneaky about his birthdate. According to Vogue UK, he used to insist he was absolutely, 100 percent not born in 1933, but he wouldn’t reveal his actual birthday. The big reveal came later, when he said he’d finally gotten around to being OK with his age.
Later, he conceded that he was born in 1935 – happy to be in his advanced years but preferring, it seems, to be younger than Giorgio Armani, who turns 80 next year
Except that date was also a lie! Some German journalists from Die Welt did some actual investigative journalism and dug up some old birth records from Hamburg, which revealed that Lagerfeld was actually born on September 10, 1933.
Now that we know how old Lagerfeld actually is, let’s celebrate by settling down with some of the craziest old man quotes Karl Lagerfeld has gifted us with over the years.
Happy 80th birthday, Lagerfeld!