Karl Lagerfeld yawns at race for French presidency

Mon Feb 6, 2012 1:35pm EST
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By Nicholas Vinocur

PARIS (Reuters) - Chanel star designer Karl Lagerfeld is already bored with the French presidential election and believes the country would be better-run if its leaders took inspiration from successful businesses like French luxury goods firm LVMH.

Taking over the Paris newsroom of free daily Metro for the day as its guest editor, the snow white-haired designer offered up opinions on topics ranging from his dislike of cinemas to suicide and having sheep trim the lawns.

Lagerfeld, dressed in his eternal black suit and Gladstone collar, took a seat at the head of a conference table during the paper's daily news meeting and commented as reporters read out story ideas from their notebooks.

One suggested writing about a firm that had replaced lawn mowers with sheep. "I like sheep," said Lagerfeld. "They are a funny animal, but not quite as funny as little pigs."

Another pitched a story about a historic French movie theatre which had won a reprieve from bankruptcy. "I love the movies, but I very rarely go to the theatre because I have a problem with cell phones," he said. "People cannot stop fiddling with them, it's unbearable."

A third said the paper should take a look at Suicide Prevention Day in France. "It's an awful thing, but it's better if it doesn't happen on the street where they make a mess and spread themselves out like marmalade."

The German-born Lagerfeld, known for his prolific creativity as head designer at Parisian fashion house Chanel, was enlisted to provide illustrations of the day's major news stories in the free paper, which relies entirely on advertising for revenue and is sold in more than two dozen cities around the world.

Without missing a beat he produced a series of pithy drawings, including a stylishly attired snowman to accompany a story about winter, and one of Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, currently seeking election as president, wearing a crown under the words "Putin's dream."   Continued...

<p>German designer Karl Lagerfeld attends the launching of online web purchasing of the K by Karl Lagerfeld fashion line in Paris January 25, 2012. REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol</p>