Haider Ackermann Doesn’t Expect Karl to Hand Chanel Over to Him Anytime Soon

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Haider Ackermann, on Karl Lagerfeld's comment that he would like him to take the reins at Chanel when he retires: "I think Mr. Lagerfeld said something that was a really nice compliment. But I think people should take it as he took it: a compliment. No more, no less. And the man is still there, and he’s not retiring. Trust me on that one. We know each other and we really respect each other. I spent last Saturday with him, and it’s a pleasure to be with such a person, because he is so very generous, and he’s got so many things to tell you. You can only just absorb and observe." [DFR]