Karl Lagerfeld: ‘I’m Not Like Those Designers Who Think They Are Pressed Too Much’

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Karl Lagerfeld pooh-poohs the popular notion that today's fashion industry forces designers to overextend themselves:

I'm not like those designers who think they are pressed too much, that their creativity is so fragile. It's very simple, no? Don't take the job if you think you cannot do it. Bad football players do not play in the first league. Swimmers who cannot really swim never win. I mean, you have to know if you can do this kind of sport on that level. If not, forget about it. But you cannot expect people to cry about you, that you are so overworked, so pressed. Nobody presses me.