The Karl Lagerfeld Diet? What the f***?!?

Posted on December 5, 2010

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I was rendered speechless this morning when I came across an article about the Karl Lagerfeld diet.  Really? THE Karl Lagerfeld?  The fashion guru?  What next, I asked myself? As for how it came about, unbeknownst to many, Karl has had a problem with his weight for years. (I say that like I know him – for the record, I don’t!) He finally sought help which ultimately led to him developing a new diet plan based on his ‘ground breaking’ regimen.

All well and good but unfortunately, the main premise of the diet is strict starvation; this within the confines of the fashion industry which we all know, in general, is synonymous with diets involving little more than a daily carrot or the more generous coffee and Marlborough Lights approach.

What’s more is his cuttingly superficial approach and the despicable message he is sending out to the very people who have less meat on their bodies than a butcher’s knife.

“I eat next to nothing,” he has said. “If you attach no importance to weight problems, if not being able to wear new, trendy small-sized clothes does not cause you any regret, this diet is not for you”

On the subject of breasts, he said, “”If you really want to change the look of your breasts, you will need cosmetic surgery. To tone them, sprinkle them with cold water every morning.”

So please, Karl … this is no newsflash.  If you starve yourself, you will end up skinny.  And if designer clobber is more important than your health, stop eating.

My message to Karl? Stick to your knits. Your fashion designs excite us.  Your diet advice does not. Anyone in the real world cannot exist on 800-1000 calories per day, nor does anyone want to look like many of the twig-thin models you choose to model your designs.

And this advice extends not only to Monsieur Lagerfeld. What with Georgio Armani swapping high-end fashion for hotel design, Boris Becker trading tennis for trademark towers and Dolce & Gabbana designing Bacardi cocktails, is there no end to random diversification?

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