By  on September 30, 2010

Get three of Paris’ top designers in one room, give them carte blanche to dish about fashion and the result is exactly as you might think. That’s what WWD did in April of 1973 with Kenzo Takada, Karl Lagerfeld and Sonia Rykiel, who were loose-lipped on everything from the state of New York fashion — “the rich women dress too much,” remarked Takada — to a woman’s age, which Lagerfeld dubbed “the worst racism of all.” Here, excerpts from their conversation (including a number of bon mots from a then-bearded Lagerfeld), which took place in Rykiel’s cozy Paris apartment.

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