Karl Lagerfeld has never been one to shy away from speaking his mind. The designer has made headlines in the past for saying that tracksuits are "a sign of defeat," suggesting that Kim Kardashian's harrowing robbery was her fault, and for repeatedly making disparaging comments about plus-sized people.

Lagerfeld's latest interview with French magazine Numéro is no different. The designer shared his thoughts on Virgil Abloh, Jacquemus, Jonathan Anderson, the #MeToo movement, and whether designers today are overworked. In true Kaiser fashion, he doesn't hold anything back.

Browse the most inflammatory quotes from the interview below. Then, head over to Numéro and read the full piece, translated from French.

On fashion's buzziest names

Lagerfeld was asked which designer — from a choice of Virgil Abloh, Jacquemus, and Jonathan Anderson — he would prefer to be stranded on a desert island with. His response? “I’d kill myself first.”

On the #MeToo movement

"I’m fed up with it," Lagerfeld revealed. "What shocks me most in all of this are the starlets who have taken 20 years to remember what happened. Not to mention the fact there are no prosecution witnesses."

The designer also said the movement wouldn't change the way he approaches his work. Speaking about the former creative director at Interview magazine, Karl Templar, who was accused by multiple models of sexual misconduct, Lagerfeld stated: "I don’t believe a single word of it."

"A girl complained he tried to pull her pants down and he is instantly excommunicated from a profession that up until then had venerated him. It's unbelievable," he said. "If you don’t want your pants pulled about, don’t become a model! Join a nunnery, there’ll always be a place for you in the convent. They’re recruiting even!"

On overworked designers

Lagerfeld, who at 84 is still designing for Chanel, Fendi and his namesake label, doesn't agree with the common concern that designers are stretched too thin.

"Personally, I’ve never complained. And that is exactly why all the other designers hate me," he said. "They are only interested in their damn “inspirations”, they can spend an hour deciding where a button should go, or choosing sketches done by their assistants, which riles me to distraction. I am a machine."

On Menswear

"Men’s fashion does little for me," Lagerfeld told the interviewer. "I buy it of course, and I’m delighted that Hedi [Slimane] is going to Céline but drawing a men’s collection and having to put up with all those stupid models, no thanks."

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