12/07/2011 04:17 pm ET | Updated Oct 11, 2012

Karl Lagerfeld: 'It's Much More Inspiring Not To Go Places"

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When discussing his India-inspired pre-fall 2012 Chanel collection with, Karl Lagerfeld mentioned that he has never actually been to India. "It's much more inspiring not to go to places than to go," he said after the December 6th presentation.

Perhaps the kaiser learned from his previous Moscow-inspired Fall 2009 collection for Chanel that it is best not to travel a location. Of his Russian adventure, Lagerfeld told WWD, “Moscow is a city I knew quite well without coming here because I’m an informed person — there are so many books, novels, photos, that in a way I know it . . . I have a feeling I know exactly what is in every museum,” he explained. "You’re never disappointed by your imagination, but you can be very disappointed by reality.” What did he find disappointing about Russia exactly? "I think the women are better than the men. I think if I were a woman here, I would be a lesbian. I met only one very handsome man — that’s the boyfriend of Naomi [Vladislav Doronin]. He’s quite stunning. With the others, maybe I don’t have the right eye.”

That doesn't mean Lagerfeld doesn't have to keep traveling for business. On June 15, 2010, he tweeted, "I only go to places if I have a professional reason. I'm not a tourist." For Chanel's pre-fall 2009 collection, Lagerfeld was inspired by China. After a visit to Shanghai, he told WWD, "It is about the idea of China, not the reality. It has the spirit of, and is inspired by, but is unrelated to China. It is not authentic like a Peking Opera or something.”

What do you think of Lagerfeld's ability to be inspired by a place he has never even visited?


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