Karl Lagerfeld is as skilled a photographer as he is a designer. The creative director of Chanel, Fendi and his own eponymous line has taken to the lens for the brands' campaigns, including those starring Kristen Stewart and Willow Smith, and magazine editorials, several of which appeared in Harper's Bazaar.
In a new interview with CNBC, the fashion icon opened up about what it's like stepping behind the camera for It models like Kendall Jenner, as well as major celebrities like Kim Kardashian and Kanye West.
Jenner has served as somewhat of a muse for the designer, especially after walking in both Chanel and Fendi shows and starring in a campaign for the latter, which Lagerfeld shot. "She's a nice kid you know," he stated.
The designer also explained why he frequently works with the 21-year-old: "I thought she was right for Fendi, you know. And I like her personality. There's something very sweet about her."
Kendall Jenner covers the May 2015 issue of Harper's Bazaar US, shot by Karl Lagerfeld
CNBC's Tania Bryer also asked the designer what it was like to shoot Jenner's older half-sister, Kim Kardashian, for the September 2016 issue of Bazaar. Lagerfeld opened up about the experience:
"I photographed them before and I knew both of them for a long time. So there was no problem at all because if you have to photograph famous people―and I will say something pretentious―if you are vaguely famous yourself it is much easier. If they are in front of an unknown photographer, they would not relax like they do in front of me. I had done for another magazine when she was pregnant and I met her several times. Him I knew even longer. Normally I don't have problems with people."
Of course, Kardashian wasn't alone in the shoot; she posed alongside her husband Kanye West. When Bryer expressed concern over the rap star's "attitude" and asked whether people can find him "arrogant," Lagerfeld offered another perspective. "Yes but when you know him you see it all differently," he responded.
"And the mother is very funny, I like the mother," he added, supposedly of Kris Jenner. "She is so funny."
Kanye West and Kim Kardashian West cover the September 2016 issue of Harper's Bazaar US, shot by Karl Lagerfeld.
Via Harper's Bazaar US