Karl Lagerfeld hits London for Chanel show

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  • Karl Lagerfeld in London: 'I'm a terrible underachiever'

    Karl Largerfeld hit London on a rare visit ahead of tomorrow’s hotly anticipated Chanel show.

    In an interview with The Times ahead of the annual Maison d’Art show in the capital tomorrow, the legendary designer said: ‘You could say I’m a terrible underachiever.

    ‘My mother always said it was a good thing that I went into fashion because it proved I didn?t have any great expectations of myself, and she was right.’

    Lagerfeld, who has been with Chanel for 24 years and Fendi for 40, and recently sold his own label to Tommy Hilfiger, added: ‘I haven’t made an empire with my name on it.

    ‘I don’t go around calling myself an artist. If anything, I’m a whore. I go wherever they pay me.’

    Tomorrow’s show, Paris-Londres, an homage to the men who inspired Mademoiselle Chanel, is expected to draw a celebrity crowd including Claudia Schiffer, Natalie Imbruglia, Thandie Newton, Lily Allen and Emma Watson.

    The show was launched in 2002 and has become an annual fashion institution, held in a different country each year.

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