We all know that Karl Lagerfeld has many strings to his bow: he designs for Chanel, Fendi and his own eponymous label, is an accomplished photographer and – as is evidenced by the Mademoiselle Privé exhibition currently being staged at the Saatchi Gallery – a curator too. However Lagerfeld has one lesser-known talent; acting.
In the 1970s, the creative polymath starred in a movie by Andy Warhol titled L’Amour. In this film, which was co-written by Warhol and Paul Morrissey, Lagerfeld plays an aristocratic German – a character arguably not dissimilar to himself. The story follows two American hippies as they come to Paris in pursuit of love. One of them falls for a business man who wants to marry her on the condition that she’ll accept sharing him with a local gigolo Max.
L’Amour was a topic Lagerfeld broached in a recent interview with Andrew O’Hagan for T: The New York Times Style Magazine. ‘‘Oh, yes,’’ he says, reminsicing about the movie. ‘‘It was the most childish moviemaking ever.’’ Lagerfeld is hardly full of praise when it comes to Warhol – while the designer has been likened to the Pop artist, it’s not a comparison he relishes in. “First of all, I’m better groomed,” he told The New Yorker. “And, also, he pushed people. I never push people. There was something more perverted in his mind than in mine.”
Watch a clip from ‘L’Amour’ below: