What's it like to
work as a designer for several glamorous fashion labels
and to be a photographer, author, and film star at the
A bit tiring,
Karl Lagerfeld said on Wednesday.
German, who is designing outfits for Chanel, Fendi, and
his Karl Lagerfeld label, as well as editing glossy books,
said his celebrity status comes at a cost.
"Sometimes it is
a bit exhausting too because you lose a certain kind
of freedom," Lagerfeld told reporters after he presented his
new Karl Lagerfeld collection in Paris, parading
models in round-shouldered coats and slim pencil
"But you cannot
have your cake and eat it," Lagerfeld said.
Lagerfeld is one
of several multitasking designers presenting their
collections in Paris this week. The United
Kingdom's Stella McCartney and Dutch design duo
Viktor & Rolf have all designed one-off
collections for Swedish retailer H&M.
Christian Lacroix, who presented slim satin suits and
jackets with corset belts on Wednesday, has designed theater
costumes and the interior of train cars.
Lagerfeld, 68, is
to roll out a high-end line for Chanel later this week
and will also present his young K Karl Lagerfeld collection,
a line including T-shirts and jeans.
the head of the French fashion federation, said
Lagerfeld managed to adapt his style to his different jobs.
personalized and incarnated where he is working, and is
applying that to each brand," Grumbach said at Lagerfeld's
show. "It is a capacity few designers have today."
designer also moved to cinema screens this month when
Rodolphe Marconi showed his Lagerfeld Confidential
portrayal of the German at the Berlin film festival.
celebrates the 20th anniversary of his house this year, is
also a man with many roles. He has designed opera costumes
as well as crockery lines.
On Wednesday the
Frenchman showed models wearing silver boots and slim
coats with sparkling belts at the waist.
"I love this
job," Lacroix said after the show. "It's such a
challenge. We are borderline every day. It's about being in
tune with the world.... We're not in an ivory tower."
As models in
shiny dresses with big fur collars walked down the runway, a
naked antifur protester jumped on to the catwalk. She was
quickly dragged away by security guards.
hypocrite. I love fur," Lacroix said.
tried to disrupt Italian designer Valentino's show
earlier on Wednesday. They were held back by guards before
they could reach the runway, where models in tweed
dresses with large fur sleeves strutted out. (Reuters)