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Karl Lagerfeld is undoubtedly the busiest man in fashion, but he vows never to let the pressure get to him.

Not only does the man design for Chanel, Fendi and Hogan, he also created a series of limited edition Diet Coke bottles, a line of Orrefors crystal, a bling-tastic cuff for Atelier Swarovski, a TV ad for Magnum and Volkswagen – not to mention shooting Chanel ads, films and fashion editorials for magazines around the world in his spare time.

So it would be fair to say he has a rather hectic work load, right? Wrong.

In a new video for Imagine Fashion, Lagerfeld talks about the pressures of his job, and claims he never takes on more than he can handle.

‘I’m not like those designers who think that they are pressed too much, that their creativities are so fragile, that they cannot have faith in their jobs,” explains Karl. “It’s very simple, no? Don’t take it on if you think you cannot do.’

But with critics claiming John Galliano and Christophe Decarnin‘s downfall was due to excessive workloads, this excuse doesn’t wash with the great Lagerfeld.

‘Bad football players do not play in the first league,’ continues Karl. ‘Swimmers who cannot really swim will never win. I mean you have to know if you can do this kind of sport on that level. If not forget about it, but you cannot expect people to cry, that you are so overworked, so pressed.”

Ouch! Harsh, or just honest? Watch the video below to decide…

[Elle UK]

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