Legendary designer Karl Largerfeld has accomplished a lot—you name it, he’s done it. The busiest man in fashion has done everything from designing for Chanel, Fendi, and his eponymous label to directing a few film shorts. He’s always on the move, and with all his accomplishments so far, were not sure the man sleeps. Taking 30 minutes out of his time, he sits with W Magazine for what makes for an interesting interview. Read the excerpts below and check out the full interview at W Magazine’s website.
Do you crave sugar?
No. Gone. But I like chocolate. I don’t eat it, but I like the smell of it. People can drink with their eyes; I can eat with my nose. I would love to have a perfume based on chocolate.
You’re a busy man.
I’m always busy. You know, the more I do, the more ideas I have—that’s the funny thing. The brain is a muscle, and I’m a kind of body-builder.
Do you ever take vacations?
I’m not an employee who goes to the office every morning at the same time. Then, vacations are needed. I’m like a rock singer with one-night stands on the road. I’m here for two days in New York; I leave in the morning early. I come back for Anna Wintour’s party at the Met, then again at the end of May for a prize I get from the Gordon Parks Foundation. I’m lucky that I can do all these things in the best conditions. I don’t have to struggle for that. I don’t have to discuss budgets. I don’t do meetings. At Chanel, there are no meetings. At Chanel, we do what we want, whenever we want and it works. And Fendi is the same.