Should you curtsey when you meet Karl Lagerfeld? This was the question plaguing Grazia Daily's mind for a full two hours while we waited for the King Kaiser to arrive at Selfridges yesterday. Answer: a little.
The white-haired designer is in our fair city to launch his latest Karl collections, as well as an Olympics-inspired range, and his fashionably-late-ness did allow us ample time to admire the pop-up area in the heart of the mega store. The super-monochrome space was packed with glitzy silver Karl collars and black Karl iPhone cases as well as white gold medal tees and skin-tight jeans adorned with, err, Karl's face. So fab! Plus, the area was surrounded by Karl's Krew, aka: hot chiselled men wearing monochrome outfits (obvs) so basically, Selfridges has been Lager-fied.
And Karl was well worth the wait. He arrived via escaltors - a sight in itself - and looked just as we'd imagined: begloved, beponytailed and with a pout to rival Victoria Beckham's. We wanted to know all about KL's recent work with VB, in fact, so we grabbed five with the man himself (cue half-curtsey). So as well as discussing Queen Beckham's creations ('not bad'), Karl dished on British royalty, celebrity kids and, naturallement, his utter adoration for that 'huge powderpuff' Choupette. NB: to be read in Karl's thick German accent.
Grazia Daily: The Karl collection has inspired so many people to dress like you. What do you think when you see Karl copycats?
Karl Lagerfeld: It's difficult for me to say because it's me. It's a strange feeling that I'd rather not analyse but I am very pleased.
Grazia Daily: We're very excited about the sports-themed collection…
Karl Lagerfeld: Yes, at the moment you have to be a little opportunistic because it's the thing of the moment. It's a great year for England with the anniversary of the Queen and the Olympics.
Grazia Daily: Speaking of the Queen, you seem to have a thing for our royal family…
Karl Lagerfeld: I think they're great. I even commented about them on French TV when they had a wedding or something like this.
Grazia Daily: So if you could dress Kate Middleton in anything, what would it be?
Karl Lagerfeld: She knows pretty well what to wear and what to do. She has a divine silhouette so she can wear anything. She has a sense of what's right for the moment because you can not dress like a mad woman in those situations.
Grazia Daily: By the way, we are obsessed with your cat!
Karl Lagerfeld: Everybody loves Choupette?!
Grazia Daily: Do you treat her like your own child?
Karl Lagerfeld: No, I don't compare. I never expected to like a cat because I've had dogs in the past but Choupette is fragile. She goes to the doctors every 10 days to check her weight and see if everything is okay. She even has a personal maid.
Grazia Daily: And she can use an iPad…
Karl Lagerfeld: Yes, she's very clever. Generally cats don't speak but when she wants something, she just sits in front of it. It's unbelievable.
Grazia Daily: Would you consider designing outfits for her?
Karl Lagerfeld: She hates anything attached to her body, not even her neck. Nothing! No, No. Her fur is so beautiful. She's like a huge powderpuff with blue eyes [that inspired an entire Chanel collection, no less]. People are stunned by her! I've done stories about her with Harper's Bazaar, V Magazine with Laticia Casta and for W Magazine. I think it's fun. Soon people will talk more about Choupette than about me!
Grazia Daily: Impossible! We were very excited to see you shooting with Victoria Beckham in Paris yesterday...
Karl Lagerfeld: It was in the papers here, yes?
Grazia Daily: Yes, it was everywhere. How was it to work with her?
Karl Lagerfeld: I'm a great admirer of hers. She's a great example to tonnes of women; to have her four children, an incredible look and she's clever. I know her from her days as a Spice Girl. Her designs are not bad at all, they're good. She's totally unpretentious. She brought one of her sons with her [on the shoot] and he was the sweetest boy, because often children of celebrities aren't pleasant. This boy was perfection.
Grazia Daily: Romeo is particularly dapper.
Karl Lagerfeld: He's handsome, cute, polite. I know children of celebrities and I can tell you, you can keep them at home.
Grazia Daily: And have you met David?
Karl Lagerfeld: He didn't come with her but I have met him in New York. They're a lovely family. Everyone should look to Victoria.
Hear, hear. As we walked away, we could hear Karl asking 'his people' for a copy of yesterday's newspapers so he can see the VB story. And, you know, just to ensure his feline friend isn't stealing ALL the limelight...