An iconic man who always spoke his mind - clearly unperturbed by the repercussions - in death Karl Lagerfeld's most poignant quips are making their way back to the headlines.

While celebrities and fellow fashion moguls post tributes, noting the 85-year-old's vision and kindness, lest we forget that Lagerfeld was also the possessor of a quick wit and somewhat acidic tongue.

From his cutting comment about Pippa Middleton to what is arguably the most succinctly accurate call on active wear yet, here are 10 of the best quotes from the late Karl Lagerfeld.

1. The activewear trend is not okay:


"Sweatpants are a sign of defeat. You lost control of your life so you bought some sweatpants."

2. Pippa Middleton's harshest critic:

"Kate Middleton has a nice silhouette and she is the right girl for that boy. I like that kind of woman, I like romantic beauties. On the other hand, her sister struggles. I don't like the sister's face. She should only show her back."

3. It's not about the money:

"Never use the word 'cheap'. Today everybody can look chic in inexpensive clothes (the rich buy them too). There is good clothing design on every level today. You can be the chicest thing in the world in a T-shirt and jeans—it's up to you."

4. Similarly, money can't buy taste:

"If you come and ask me, 'I want to be chic,' There is little hope to become chic. Because there are peasants in the country who are beyond chic in their poor rags, and very rich women who are not chic in the most expensive dress."

5. Lagerfeld considered himself a space oddity, too:

"I'm very much down to earth, just not this earth."

6. Being serious is seriously not chic:

"Everything I say is a joke. I am a joke of myself."

7. The only voice that mattered:

"I hate intellectual conversation with intellectuals because I only care about my opinion."

8. What Lagerfeld and Marie Kondo had in common:

"If you throw money out of the window, throw it out with joy. Don't say: 'one shouldn't do that'—that is bourgeois."

9. Selfies = electronic masturbation:

"They are this horrible thing where you are distorted. The chin is too big, the head is too small. It is electronic masturbation."

10. Lagerfeld's secret for success:

"Improvise. Become more creative. Not because you have to, but because you want to. Evolution is the secret for the next step."