Karl Lagerfeld says he and Coco Chanel have “nastiness” in common.

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The designer is the creative director of the Chanel label, which Coco started in 1909. Karl believes he is the perfect choice to be at the helm of the company now as he is very like the label’s founder.

“I didn’t know her, but I guess the nastiness… She was tough, as I am,” he laughed.

Karl is instantly recognizable thanks to his penchant for sunglasses and silver jewelry. It means people often approach him when he is out and about, which he isn’t always happy with.

“I don’t respect the signs in the street, you need to roll with it! In fact, I don’t walk in the streets that much, because I’m always recognized and people come to bother me,” he told Gala France. “I can’t watch a shop window in peace…It’s like this; I deal with it. You know, you can’t have everything.”

Karl was quizzed on what tips he would give fashion fans. He refused to hand over his secrets, explaining people can’t be taught how to look stylish.

“I don’t like to give advice, except to be imaginative even if you don’t have the talent of former French Vogue editor Carine Roitfeld!” he said. “What people are doing with the clothes I create is none of my business, and I don’t judge them.”