10 Diet Cokes, 20 newspapers and 7 hours sleep. I've often wondered what Karl Lagerfeld's day must be like! Just how does a creative genius manage his day? We don't seem to have much in common it seems except for the occasional Diet Coke, being late to dinner and refined felines (mine is Dharma and his, Choupette!) But two homes and a closet of Dior I find aspirational - not to mention some private time for creativity! With the Chanel legacy to continue and Paris as his canvas, Lagerfeld's daily routine unfolds on the pages of Harper's Bazaar. Here are a few of my favorite excerpts as told to Kristina O'Neill. For the full story, click, click, click the link below.
8:00 A.M. I sleep seven hours. If I go to bed at two, I wake up at nine. If I go to bed at midnight, I wake up at seven. I don't wake up before—the house can fall apart, but I sleep for seven hours......
...I do most of my reading in the morning. I have a special canopy for that, near the window, where I can see the Louvre and the Seine. I only read, look at books, and sketch. And daydream—daydreaming's important too.
11:00 A.M. I have my hair done because I hate to have hair in my face when I sketch. My hair is not really white; it's kind of grayish, and I don't like the color. So I make it totally white with Klorane dry shampoo. That is the best thing to do because my hair is always clean.
4:00 P.M...... On my way to the Chanel studio, I like to look around, I like to look at Paris. I never get tired of Paris. A lot of people are on the phone all the time; they don't see anything anymore. It's true. I like to watch. I go from here to Galignani, my favorite bookshop, and then to Chanel, and then to Colette, and sometimes to the Dior men's shop. I don't go to too many shops.
9:00 P.M. Dinner depends on the day. I don't go out that much because I'm always late, and I'm so busy and so pleased with what I'm doing that I'm not really ready for a social evening. That's over—the people I was going out with are dead or don't exist anymore.....
....To unwind, it depends on how tired I am. Sometimes I read a little bit. Lately, I play with my cat, Choupette. The cat always stays home, and when I leave, the maid takes care of her. The cat is like a very refined object; she doesn't go into the street, and she doesn't go to other places. She is a spoiled princess.