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March 04, 2015 04:10 PM

Karl Lagerfeld, 81, is celebrating 50 years as the creative director at Fendi, more than 30 years at the helm of Chanel, and four years as the parent of the most famous cat in the world, Choupette. And, true to form, he remains as delightfully eccentric as ever, as proved in an interview in the New York Times commemorating his landmark anniversary with the Italian brand. For example:

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First of all: Don’t call it an anniversary! “This is one of the sicknesses of our period, to look back. No, forget about it. Fashion is now and tomorrow. Who cares about the past?”

But surely he must sometimes reflect on his legendary career? “No. Never … In Germany, they made a huge exhibition of everything I did. I’m not even going to the show. I don’t care.”

A key role for his assistant is body-checking camera-phone-wielding acolytes. “I don’t do selfies. But other people do, and they all want to do selfies with me. No, no, no. Thank God, Sébastien, my assistant, he’s mean to the people in the street, mean and rude. I’m a nice person.”

He also employs a butler, Frédéric, who arrives ahead of him to make sure he’s greeted with Diet Coke. Would we lie to you?

He’s holding out hope that Choupette’s fame overtakes his. “Then I can disappear behind Choupette.”

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For much more from the designer (including why he’ll produce a full fur line for Fendi, despite feeling “very sympathetic” to the animals), visit the New York Times, and tell us: How much do you want an anti-selfie bodyguard now?

–Alex Apatoff

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