His weight-loss methods were odd (horse meat anyone?); his choice of companions is questionable (Lindsay Lohan -- really?); he drinks Diet Coke from crystal goblets; and now, he's coming out against gay marriage -- a strange position for a man working in the generally flamboyant fashion industry.
"I'm against it [gay marriage] for a very simple reason: In the '60s, they all said we had the right to the difference," Lagerfeld told Vice magazine. "And now, suddenly, they want a bourgeois life."
And furthermore, he can't even comprehend gay couples -- particularly males -- being parents. "For me it's difficult to imagine -- one of the papas at work and the other at home with the baby. How would that be for the baby?" he said. "I don't know."
Yet, the idea of lesbian parents is more palatable to the "Kaiser," who helms his own namesake brand as well as the House of Chanel, and is known for his hits and misses.
"I see more lesbians married with babies than I see boys married with babies," he told Vice. "I believe more in the relationship between mother and child than in that between father and child."
And how do Lagerfeld's colleagues feel about his bold statements? "Karl has a designer mentality -- I think it's a one-sided thought process," stylist Phillip Bloch tells StyleList.
"I don't believe he's trying to stir up controversy, thinking, 'Am I going to get a lot of press for this?' He says what he thinks and really believes it."
As for how Lagerfeld's comments will effect his standing in the industry, Bloch, who has worked with A-listers including Halle Berry and Mariah Carey, tells StyleList. "Karl is an icon, a fashion dictator, the emperor in 'The Emperor's New Clothes.' He's not beholden to anyone other than maybe Anna Wintour and [French Vogue editor] Carine Roitfeld."
Ultimately, Bloch adds, "Karl doesn't care what people think of him. Is there a nice way to say 'pompous'?"
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