Karl Lagerfeld thinks Paris has lost its glamour, ‘Paris by night is a nightmare now’


Karl Lagerfeld has lived and worked in Paris for decades. While he is German by nationality, he has always been a Parisian by choice, it seemed. But after a series of devasting terrorist attacks, including last November’s terrorist attacks in Paris, Lagerfeld doesn’t recognize his own city. I think that’s what he’s saying in a new interview with CNN. Lagerfeld was supposed to be promoting the latest Chanel line but when he was asked about the glamour of the iconic City of Lights, Lagerfeld confessed that he thinks Paris is so gloomy these days.

The glamour of Paris: “This is not the most glamorous moment in Paris. Paris by night is a nightmare now. It is not a cliché anymore. I must say, in my whole life I never saw Paris that gloomy.”

Memories of Paris: “[Paris] looked like an old French movie…It was another world. There was no feeling of danger, and not even a boy of 16 years old could walk in the street. Things are changing, but I have the feeling I lived in a world that no longer exists.”

[From CNN]

I’m nowhere near as old as Lagerfeld, but I do have those moments of looking around at the modern world and not recognizing or understanding where we’re going. I think Paris – like so many cities hit with terrorist attacks – is still reeling from the tragedy and Parisians are still dealing with it emotionally and psychologically. A similar thing happened in America after 9/11 – it took months, some would say years, before it felt like we could regain some sense of equilibrium. But what Lagerfeld is true too – “I have the feeling I lived in a world that no longer exists.” There’s no going back, really.

Note: I wrote the above post before the tragedy in Nice, France unfolded last night. Our thoughts and prayers are with the French people. They have been hit with so many tragedies in the past two years. It’s devastating.


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  1. Bichon says:

    Actually, he’s a bit of a nightmare.

    • Yolie C says:

      Yes I agree. Kind of a random story but I was Paris a few weeks ago and was shopping at Colette. Apparently he had an event there and I was just trying to leave when I got pushed very hard and almost fell to the ground. Karl Lagerfeld was right next to me passing through and I didn’t even notice. His bodyguard almost dropped me to the ground. Are they always like this or is that something that celebrities order them to do? I found it unnecessary since I was leaving the store anyways! I had no desire to even go to his event. Now I find him even more insufferable ever since.

    • Sabrine says:

      Unfortunately, it’s not going to get any better. You’re living in a dream world if you think these kind of attacks won’t start occurring in the U.S. We are going to follow suit whether people believe it or not. I try to avoid large gatherings because I feel like a sitting duck, basically.

    • Sarah says:

      I’m heading to Paris next week with my daughter and I hope he’s wrong. For what it’s worth, I think he’s a nightmare, so there’s that.

      • Denise says:

        Enjoy Paris, Sarah. If it’s your first time, do go. You will still find it incredibly magical.

    • Megan says:

      Karl has a way of making everything he says about Karl, but I kind of hear what he is saying. I was in Paris recently and felt the incredible uneasiness in the city. It’s very sad. The horrific tragedy in Nice just leaves me speechless. My heart goes out to so many today.

  2. Sara says:

    it’s so hard to keep hope alive. I’m a Parisian since birth and while we are so much luckier that our Syrian or Palestinian or insert so many other country names here it’s hard to see the light.

    • Bianca says:

      I’m Italian, but I’ve spent two years in Paris for my master’s degree. I was heartbroken to leave last September. It’s the most special place on earth for me, and if I could afford it I would move back there tomorrow. Even through these dark times the city had an energy and a dignity that I’d never experienced before.

      What happened in Nice… what is left to say? My thoughts go out to those who have lost someone last night. Heart-breaking.

      • ladysussex says:

        I love your descriptors of the energy and dignity! Each city has it’s own vibe and I love to hear others perception of a city’s vibe! Dignity is a perfect word for Paris!

    • xxx says:

      Sara you do know that two Palestinian TERRORISTS just murdered 4 civilians in Tel Aviv, correct?

      • grabbyhands says:

        She made a sympathetic observation, not a political statement so maybe we can save the All Lives Matter-Middle East edition pissing contest for another time.

      • Dani says:

        xxx – don’t forget the 13 year old girl that was slaughtered in her bedroom in front of her siblings two weeks ago by a Palestinian. It’s not a pissing contest, grabby, it’s just facts.

      • Kitten says:

        +1 grabbyhands

        Oh boy, this thread is going to get messy if we can’t listen without snapping at each other.

      • Trillion says:

        thanks grabby. Ugh.

      • Kiliki says:

        What Kitten said.

      • Diana says:

        xxx and dani – atrocities are been committed on both sides. Ugh people like you truly suck. One can’t simply express general empathy for the people suffering everywhere.

    • Lahdidahbaby says:

      Sending my love to Paris, the city I love most in the world. And an embrace to Nice in this time of sorrow.

      • rosalee says:

        Paris is the city of my heart. My ancestors left France in 1640 – so the love I have for France is sealed in my DNA. The savage attacks have not frightened me away, I was there 3 months ago and I’m planning another trip for June 2017 which will be my fifth trip – the loss of lives by terrorism everywhere is simply horrific and senseless. We have Syrian refugees in our community and they are overwhelmed by the simple gestures of kindness. The Muslim community are horrified by these act and frankly I am saddened by the thought of these lovely people being painted by the same brush as the extremists. Random acts of violence directed at them are increasing. I was watching the news when they began reporting on Nice and I cried for the senseless brutality and for the innocent families whose lives are forever altered

    • Lucy says:

      I think it’s harder when a place like New York, Canada, Belgium or France gets hit because this is not supposed to happen in first world developed nations; we are all programmed to fell safe, these countries are the dream and the ideal of where people should live: economic growth, education, freedom, equality, prosperity, infrastructure. Unfortunately places like Syria and Palestine are developing and don’t have what we do here so we’re not really shocked by civil unrest or the events that happen, we see it as “holly shit what’s going on in (blank) is crazy” but at the same time violent events most often happen in poor countries that are developing.

    • raincoaster says:

      I was born in France and I’ve never felt as strong a desire to go back, just as a statement of solidarity. The world stands with you, and with all French people.

  3. Sixer says:

    As someone who spent several summers walking up and down la Prom with the lovely family of a French friend, this Britisher sends all love and best wishes to the people of Nice and all France.

    Liberté, égalité, fraternité.

  4. Abby says:

    I’m so glad this was said before last night. I am heartbroken for Nice, and for France. Terror again! It’s awful.

    Hopefully what he meant came out wrong. I don’t think Paris has lost its glamour at night. I was just there a few months ago, and it’s wonderful and magic and there’s no city like Paris in the world. It’s still beautiful at night. It’s my favorite place to visit, and my husband and I have gone there more than we have a lot of places in the U.S.

    • Kaiser says:

      Lagerfeld said this several days ago & I honestly wrote this up a few days ago.

      I just feel so sorry for everyone in France. They are being brutalized.

      • Snazzy says:

        This whole thing is heartbreaking. I have no words anymore

      • daisie-b says:

        It’s hard to comprehend why France is a target. The French government refused to be part of the recent U.S.-Middle East conflicts and they caught flack for it. French fries had to be known as “freedom fries”… this is the thanks they get for their neutrality. I understand the vengeful attitude of of those who’s homelands have been taken from them or bombed into oblivion as scapegoats for 9/11, but why France?

      • Lahdidahbaby says:

        Yes, it’s horrifying, savage, and heartbreaking.

      • Lisa says:

        @ daisie-b – I think the reason why France is targeted is two fold. 1) the security apparatus is not very strong, it is relatively easy to get in and out of France, making it a lucrative target. 2) Terrorists are able to infiltrate certain first and second generation immigrant groups very well. Many of these immigrant groups are isolated and not integrated into French society well. I don’t mean this as a knock on immigrant groups, and I’m not stating that these immigrant groups need to give up their immigrant identity, but when poverty and marginalization is perpetuated from one generation to the next, it’s clearer to see why certain people would feel disenfranchised.

        This isn’t a France specific thing, same thing is happening in Belgium, Spain etc.

      • Kitten says:

        @daise-b: Wow, I have a completely different perspective than you do. About me: I have dual citizenship- French and American. My mother was born there and I still have a lot of family there.

        From my understanding, Muslim-French relations have been extremely strained for decades, going back to the Algerian War in 1962. Hell, not even ten years ago the suburbs of Paris were burning in protest after two French Muslim youths were killed trying to run away from police. Since then, Muslim rioters have burned flags and passports in protest, and pro-Palestinian rioters have attacked synagogues and Jewish-owned shops in Parisian suburbs, and of course there was the burqa ban in public schools that added to the already-existing tension.

        Just from my relatives’ perspective, Muslim-Jewish relations in particular have been quite volatile in France for many years now. It’s why my family, although heart-broken, are not even slightly surprised that France is being targeted.

        But I’m curious as to how our French commenters feel. I may be wrong, but this is how my family has expressed the situation to me.

      • Jen43 says:

        I’ve always thought of France as the US of Europe. By that, I mean they are a favorite destination for immigrants from Africa, the Middle East, and countries that were once colonies of France; and they’ve had a lot of the same problems that we have in the US due to immigration. (I say that as someone with family there who immigrated from Lebanon and Syria years ago.). France also shares the same, for lack of a better word, air of superiority with the US. I think the country has a very strong attraction for foreigners, and it becomes a target and symbol for terrorists. I hope that makes sense.

      • Kiliki says:

        Kaiser, I completely believe you and am not the least surprised. You have superior intuition. Another reason I love you.

        Thank you for your kind words about this tragedy.

      • Sixer says:

        daisie-b – What Kitten said. Also: France has been heavily involved in several Middle East and North Africa interventions since Iraq.

        I wish only the best for the whole country and every person in its population.

      • Sixer says:

        And now an attempted military coup underway in Turkey. 2016 needs a reboot. Badly.

      • Lady D says:

        I’m trying to figure out why France, too. Why not Belgium the diamond capital of the world? Why not Monaco, the playground of millionaires and billionaires? Why not Switzerland with all those banks, or the vastly wealthy Vatican ? Why France? It feels like jealously, deadly jealously.

      • Veronica says:

        If you’ve been following the political climate of France and much of Western Europe for the last ten years or so, it’s really not as shocking as it seems at first glance. Anti-Muslim sentiment has increased significantly since 9/11 and the outpouring of refugees from civil disputes in the Middle East, and that’s not getting into their history of European colonial and military intervention throughout Africa and the Middle East. What happened is awful and my heart goes out to France, but these are embers that have been burning for awhile, just waiting to be fanned.

    • daisie-b says:

      Interesting to read @Jen43, @Kitten, @Lisa for their take on the situation.

  5. paolanqar says:

    In the wake of what happened last night in Nice.. this piece sounds wrong for so many reasons.

  6. mkyarwood says:

    This a**hole. I, for one, am tired of being glamoured. France is no stranger to revolution, but they’re the front lines of ‘The West’. When things happen there, you know that bigger things are coming (if you follow history, anyway). The past two weeks have been hell on earth and we’ve been trying to stay positive here and be kind. We have taken in four Syrian families here, in our tiny town, so far. No big news, other than to make sure they had everything they needed to start out. That’s all we have access to help with. We can’t send aid to Turkey, Palestine, Syria, Libya, or any of the other countries falling to the domino effect of capitalism and colonialism, but we can shelter their casualties without question. The world is on fire, and we’re too busy stealing each other’s water to put out our shirts.

    • adastraperaspera says:

      Well said. And Karl…time for a little substance over style. Best wishes to the French people, and also to citizens of the other countries who have stepped up to assist refugees.

  7. Goats on the Roof says:

    I’m so heartbroken for the French people right now. I stayed up late last night to watch the coverage, and then some horrible person posted uncensored photos from the attack on social media. That this keeps happening is unreal. I just can’t believe this is the world we made.

    • Esmom says:

      It is unreal and bewildering. Last night I felt just broken, beyond my usual despair as of late, as I scrolled through some comments on social media and new stories — so much ugliness and hatred.

      • Lahdidahbaby says:

        I agree, Esmom, and there is no place for such ugliness ever, but especially now of all times.

      • Kitten says:

        I don’t even have a kid but it’s times like these where I have to wonder what kind of a world are we making for our kids

      • Kiliki says:

        Me too Kitten. I think you and I are about the same age.
        I cried so much last night. I spent two weeks just in Nice alone after 6 weeks in Paris following college graduation.

        The people are so wonderful.

        This couldn’t happen to nicer people!!!

      • Jen43 says:

        I am in shock. I have spent a few summers traveling in France. I have celebrated Bastille Day there. This is unbearable.

      • Esmom says:

        As for the kids, I haven’t lost hope on that front yet. I was just talking with a mom of one of my son’s friends about all the hatred on Facebook, even about little things on our local chatter board. If the teens I know are any indication, they aren’t really using social media as a platform for hate. It seems it’s the adults are the ones who are leading that charge.

        Right now I’m fine with my kids and their friends having the massive distraction that is Pokemon Go. I don’t feel like I can muster the energy required to talk to them about anything consequential today.

      • Kiliki says:

        Thank you Esmom. First Zika and now this…but I cannot seem to lift my pain for the people of France.

      • RealiTEE says:

        There’s no greater truth than seeing the reality of terrorism in those uncensored images. Does it make you uncomfortable and sick to your stomach? Because it sure does to everyone in my household. We’ve spent more nights in Nice than I can remember in (dual American/French citizenship thanks to my husband). But it’s real. This is the real world. This is happening.

        After the attack in Nice, there was a leak–from French intelligence it seems-–about details kept from the public by the French government regarding the Bataclan massacre. Guess what the jihadists did? Slain audience members on the second floor balcony were found beheaded, disemboweled, and mutilated. Did you head me? Genitals were slashed. Heads cut off. One man’s testicles were removed and placed in his mouth. Women’s genitals were stabbed. Eyes were gouged out of heads. WE NEED TO HEAR THESE THINGS.

        Western civilization is at a cross roads, and citizens of MANY countries are getting fed up with the spoon feed coddling of ISIS. The more we see, however uncomfortable it makes us, the better we–and the world–will be for it.

        I always through Lagerfeld was strange, but I’m behind him 100% on this. And Paris really hasn’t been the same since the Charlie Hebo attack. I was in the city for work that month. It was awful.

  8. Aussie girl says:

    I woke up this morning and my heart sank. Paris I weep with you. Atm it just seems like one awful traditiy after another. I know these things have happened in the past but man, this year just feels like it’s filled with ugly human hate.

  9. LinaLamont says:


    Liberté , égalité, fraternité

    (Karl, you’re old enough to know that Paris was no picnic in the 40s)

  10. Nancy says:

    Viva la France. Bless all the citizens of Paris as we try to endure the wrath of the terrorists. Evil will not destroy us.

  11. freebunny says:

    France and Paris are not museums.
    French people have enough of Glamour Fetichism.
    Paris is a real city with real people. Sorry if it’s not glamour enough for Karl.

  12. lilacflowers says:

    Sending all my love and prayers to the people of France, especially to those in Nice.

    And, Karl, just give Choupette a hug. She’s all the glamour you need.

  13. Cee says:

    I couldn’t believe the news yesterday, and on Bastille Day of all days. I actually said out loud “not France again!”

    As an agnostic I can’t send you my prayers but my best wishes.

  14. Bishg says:

    Well, the entire world has changed.
    I am only 31, but I remember how it was like during my childhood.
    Only the thought of such horrible attacks like those that have been plaguing the world was remote and unbearable. Now, everyday we are waking up in the aftermath of some senseless tragedy.
    I very much doubt that Paris is now a gloomy city, no more than all the other big cities facing the fear of mass-terrorism. Paris will not kneel down.
    I send my deepest condolences and thoughts to all those who lost a beloved one because of brutal violence & terrorism. You are not alone.

  15. Winterberry says:

    It is interesting that everyone drags the Palestinian areas into the discussion. The situation in Israel is not the same as that of Syria. Not even comparable.

  16. MissMerry says:


    My husband and I watched the first 8 minutes that Netflix released of the 1st episode and the scenes with the kids reminded me so much of that sentence “I have the feeling I lived in a world that no longer exists.”

    The kids (who are maybe in middle school) are riding bikes home, alone in the middle of the night, as a group then splintering off one by one as they pass their respective houses…does any kid or group of kids do that anymore? Is that even a thing? I think of experiences I never had the chance to have that my parents had, and the things I did as a kid and teen that my younger sister will never get to experience in the World we live in today.

    The only constant is change but I can totally feel Lagerfeld’s quote.

    • Kitten says:

      I only read the first line because, spoilers, but I need to know if the show is any good.

      Thank you in advance.

    • Kiliki says:

      Change and constant are two sides of the same coin – we usually fail to see them as a whole.

      Hence the (of course, beautifully rich FRENCH) quote: the more things change, the more they stay the same.

      Sorry MissMerry, your last sentence reminded me of it.

    • Mary Mary says:

      Miss Merry: I hear you. A different world, It was then a small community where we used to play outside in the warm summer evenings until 9 pm. The streetlights helped us to see as we were just finishing up a game of softball or just hanging out, by the swing sets. We were about 11-12 years of age, it was late, but parents didn’t worry, we played in an open field next to my neighbor’s home, there wasn’t a fear of what might happen. We would phone our parents from a friend’s home and plead for 30 minutes more and at 9 to 9:30 pm our parents would show up to collect us, Looking back the things we did weren’t safe by today’s standards riding our bikes alone or with a friend down to the river and to try to catch fish or just collect rocks and shells, selling girl scout cookies door-to-door in remote areas without parental escort. Different times.

      • Sarah says:

        The world is no more dangerous than it was. My 85 year old mother just told me that when she was about 9 and walking past a field, a man was there with his pants down, gesturing for her to come over. She ran away and never told anyone. Now, that would be on headline news for days, so people get more afraid. It was safe to ride a bike when I was a kid and it’s safe now. We just want a bubble world,

        Whenever I think of how dangerous the world is, I think of Europe in WWII. And I shut up.

      • mary s says:

        I live in a medium-sized Southern California city. Kids walk to school or carniceria/7-11/liquor store/etc., ride their bikes around the neighborhood, and hang out. On the other hand, many kids are more aware of the world than I ever was. Maybe things evolve rather than change.

  17. Christin says:

    So much fits his description of not the same. People once left doors unlocked. Kids could play outside without a watchful eye at all times.

    We had a middle of the night random, possibly hate attack last week that cost a woman her life and injured several others. It barely made any news sources outside the immediate region (DM briefly had it on their home page). It’s sad how numb we’re becoming to such frequent attacks on innocent people.

    Prayers and sympathy to France.

  18. jeanpierre says:

    Yes, France is gloomy. So sorry to ruin your fun kunty karl. Cause that’s what truly matters!

  19. lizzie says:

    “paris looked like an old french movie” profound.

  20. Miss M says:

    Liberté, égalité, fraternité 💙❤️

  21. Skyblue says:

    Funny…I’ve been feeling lately I’m living in a world I no longer recognize. On the 4th of July in Couer d’Alene, Idaho, while enjoying a beautiful day downtown with friends, we witnessed an enormous white woman being held back by her equally enormous fella from pummeling two black women who were accompanied by small children. While there is no way to know what precipitated the incident, I was stunned to hear the white woman screaming ” we don’t want n*%%#*^ in Coeur d’Alene”. ( North Idaho is a home to a large number of white supremacists). Trump has opened the gates for racism, xenophobia and misogyny to re-enter our collective. There is an ugliness in the world right now that scares the crap out of me. We’re being towed back in time to the 1950s. The only thing I admire about the 50s is the furniture and music!

    • freebunny says:

      Totally OT but Coeur d’Alene is a nice name for a city.

      • Skyblue says:

        Equally off-topic…it is a cool name but no one can ever spell it correctly so it is known as CDA.

    • Mary Mary says:

      Skyblue: I live in the Pacific NW and by the liberal standards I was raised with, Northern Idaho was a place not to visit, if you were not white. Just saying. This was confirmed when I filed a work place discrimination grievance against a man born and bred in Northern Idaho who mistreated and harassed two employees of color that he supervised. Upon investigation the complaint was valid and he was forced to resign and the two employees were compensated and given both the opportunity for training and the advancement that they had earned.

    • Robin says:

      Trump didn’t open the gates for racism, xenophobia, etc. Those gates were never closed, sadly, and it’s gotten worse in the last decade or so.

    • Nopity Nope says:

      I grew up not far from CdA. Beautiful place with a lot of ugly (on the inside) people in and around the town. I wish I could say I was surprised by what you saw there, skyblue, but I’m not. I moved away from Idaho as soon as I had my degree from UI in hand and will never move back. Too many close-minded people all over the state, it’s really sad :(

    • Ennie says:

      My 100% hispanic relatives studied at the Boise uni. They do not look like the stereotypical Mexican, they have very fair skin. One of them stayed on and married a local (All american) girl from college, IIRC, from a religious family. After that they went on on having over 10 children, homeschooled all of them and they (the children that I can tell of) appear posing with guns for photoshoots, I’d say they love country lifestyle, but I am afraid they have gone over to the extreme republican “you want my gun, I’ll first give you the bullets” side.

      We don’t live in the US, so it is all so weird for us, that change, you know?

    • tami says:

      Trump did not do that. Trump wants people to come to the usa legally…not illegally. He wants to put existing laws in place as we no longer have the funds or innocence to take in large numbers of unknown..

  22. nancypants says:

    I feel badly for France and the French and the citizens of other countries who were just there to have a vacation.
    Who was this douche? Was he ISIS or a, “home-grown”, terrorist or just a big pile of crazy?
    I don’t think we know yet.
    Timothy McVeigh (OKC bomber) was a home-grown terrorist and reports from the French said this douche had a home-grown, French accent.

    I understand Lagerfeld’s statements.
    I had my youngest take 3 years of French language (she wanted to) because we planned to travel to France on an extended vacation and she could interpret what I didn’t understand or speak. My French is weak at best.

    However, we don’t want to go now.

    I’m sure many canceled reservations to NYC after 9/11 and I’m just going to state this as a retired USAF First SGT: I remember when France wouldn’t even let us fly over their airspace to go after the Libyan dictator, Gadhafi, because they didn’t want to get involved with our mess and I wouldn’t wish this on any country but France, you’re in the mess now and I’m sure that, eventually, your allies will come to help.

    p.s. I know how to spell, Couer d’ Alene, Idaho. I used to live there.
    If any of you are looking for a beautiful place to live, consider Idaho AND Idaho is rated as the top place now for jobs in business.
    Just thought I’d throw that out there.

    • Kiliki says:

      I’m going and will continue to go.

      My fiancé wanted to see it and now we definitely want to support.

    • Sarah says:

      I’m going to France with my 22 year old daughter next week. My husband was a firefighter in NYC on 9/11 and went to work every day to stand on that pile for a year. I took my kids into NYC regularly. Do NOT give in to fear. You are never really safe, no matter where you live. But if you give into fear, the terrorists won.

      F the terrorists. I won’t give in.

    • Nopity Nope says:

      Idaho is lovely. Get a vacation home there and live/work somewhere else with more diversity and tolerance. I’m speaking as a native northern Idahoan too.

    • no name says:

      No, it’s Coeur d’Alene. “Heart” (le coeur is elided but hard to display here)…I doubt you actually lived there if you don’t know that.

      • nancypants says:

        My husband and I were both stationed at Fairchild AFB , WA twice.
        The second time, we bought a house just west of Coeur d’Alene and commuted.
        Our vacation cottage was in Sandpoint.
        What? You never made a typo?

  23. Llamas says:

    I’m not quite 20 and I’m already so tired. Living around so much hate is soul crushing. It is a bleak, bleak day. Praying for France. They need love.

  24. Anna says:

    Paris is one of my favorite cities. It WILL return to what it was. New York did it in the 90s and again after 911. The only thing destined for the dust pile is this ugly (inside and out) old freak.

  25. Starkiller says:

    I get what he’s saying, but I could have done without the “glamour” and “cliche” comments. Not the time or the place, Karl.

    I’ve travelled a LOT, and imho, Paris is the most amazing city in the world, bar none. The energy and the atmosphere are like nowhere else. Sure, there are glamorous parts, there are parts that look like an old Godard film, but it’s SO. MUCH. MORE. than that.

  26. Mama says:

    Diana…’people like you suck’ ?
    XXX has the right to her opinion just as much as you do.

  27. I Choose Me says:

    I don’t even know what to say about this latest tragedy. My heart goes out to the people of France and anyone who has loved ones in France.

  28. Mama says:

    Dani. Yes, good thing you put some perspective to this. Not only the Palestinians are hurting but also the Israeli victims of terror.

  29. Irma says:

    I visited paris in the 80s with a school trip. There were huge terrorist bombings that decade, as well. It’s not new in france.
    Also, whoever mentioned zika, please research more. Sheryl Atkinson is a good start. Smh

  30. Veronica says:

    I feel like the world is inevitably going to feel different for everyone at Karl’s age. It’s not really your world anymore, yeah?

    Human beings have always had conflicts that have boiled into violence. The only difference is that we now have global mass media continuously informing us of it 24/7 and the technological ability to transfer these conflicts elsewhere. Those of us in the industrialized world have lived in a bubble, living with a false sense of security that our money and power could protect us from all of it. Terrorism, war, starvation, plague, and poverty have always been around and always will. The only thing we had stripped away was our privilege of pretending we didn’t know.

  31. Kate says:

    Eh, complaining is Lagerfelds thing, I’ve followed him for decades and he’s always bitched about how terrible France and every other place he’s gone have become. The France of his dreams is just that, a dream.

    There was a lot of terrorism in France in the 80′s, more than there is now. 94 and 95 were terrible too. Of course the last 18 months have been awful for France, but it’s nothing new. France is still France, if anything it feels calmer than it did in the 80′s. Lagerfeld rarely ventures out amongst the peasants anyway, and when he does its with full security, so I’m not sure how he’d even notice a change. If people seem anxious to him, it’s probably him causing it.

    People always act like the time they’re living in is the worst, but we’re living in the safest time ever. My parents grew up during the Cold War, preparing for annihilation daily, truly believing that the world going kaboom was inevitable, just hoping they might get to live a little before it happened (and of course Vietnam happened instead). Life today is pretty freakin awesome in comparison. Yes, you might have the hideous luck of being in the wrong place at the wrong time, but statistically it’s just about the least of the average Western persons concerns.

    • tami says:

      The france he talks of no longer exists. Theyve had very liberal borders and strong gun control…and it has not benefited them in any way. Its gone from a posh to a dangerous place..i love france and am not speaking badly…but rather truthfully.

  32. HeyThere! says:

    All my love is being sent to Nice, France. My heart bleeds for everyone over there!

    I have no other words than love will prevail.

  33. Ash says:

    I think that I understand what he is saying. It is how I feel about Nice right now.

    I actually spent a summer living in Nice and it was the happiest and freest time of my life – especially as an American woman living alone in a foreign country. I celebrated Bastille Day in Nice and even enjoyed the same fireworks show on the prom.

    One of my friends was on the promenade this year when it happened. He just started running when everyone else was running and found refuge in a nearby hotel. I was communicating with him when we still didn’t have a lot of information and we thought there was a hostage situation at another hotel. It was so scary.

    But it is hard to describe the feeling now. I was saddened and shocked when I watched the second tower fall live in 2001. I was saddened and shocked when I heard about the shootings in Paris. All of those things were close, but this is the first thing that seems to really hit home.

    I was fortunate in that all of my friends were unharmed, but I feel for those who lost someone in such a tragic way.