Lagerfeld Confidential Review

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An up-close-and-personal portrait of the fashion icon, Karl Lagerfeld.


Fashion is generally impossible for film to take seriously, and while the elusive designer’s teen-Goth wardrobe doesn’t challenge that initial impression, Karl Lagerfeld’s droll wit knocks it on the head soon enough.

Whether sketching dresses or talking to models - “If you want social justice, be a social worker” - this access-all-areas portrait of Chanel’s creative chief does more to emphasise the tenacity involved in a fashion career than any wannabe model show.

“Pissing everywhere isn’t very Chanel,” says a sign above his toilet, while the closest thing to a coke party is dinner with Princess Caroline of Monaco.

The designer's droll wit makes this a compelling (if bitchy) documentary.