Karl Largerfeld was at an event in London called Channel: The little black jacket, and he spoke to both the Telegraph and ITV about his view on eating disorders in the fashion industry and what he thinks about dressing Duchess Kate Middleton in Chanel.
He says of Kate, “She’s beautiful… the state of the economy in Europe, not especially in England, I think she’s perfect for that… she cannot come like a red Carpet girl, but for times being, she’s perfect.”
He’s also asked whether he thinks that the fashion industry promotes eating disorders, and he says, “I’m sorry to say that it’s a subject I consider ridiculous for several reasons; the story with the anorexic girls – nobody works with anorexic girls, that’s nothing to do with fashion. People who have that [anorexia] have problems to do with family and things like that. There are less than 1 per cent of anorexic girls, but there more than 30 per cent of girls in France, – I don’t know about England – that are much, much overweight. And it is much more dangerous and very bad for the health. So I think today with the junk food in front of the TV it’s something dangerous for the health of the girl. The models are skinny, but not that skinny.”
Largerfeld is known for making controversial opinions about the fashion industry, many times making his strong opinions known about what he thinks of ‘overweight’ models.