2012 December 27
Paul Green View Gallery
Back by popular demand! We paid another visit to German's very own Harald Glööckler...
We understand that Hollywood has called! Are you really going to have your own reality show in America?
I’m very pleased. The producers told me they needed glamour, because they don’t have any more of those glamorous stars in the West. I am like a piece of art. Like Michael Jackson, I create my life.
Americans already love you, right?
I was in New York with a film crew and we decided to go to Times Square to see what would happen. Because usually when they go there with German actors, nothing happens. Of course, something happened, because some people recognized me. ‘Harald! Harald! Harald! You look gorgeous! You’re a designer? Wow!’ You know how this works.
How did the television producers nab you?
They called me in Berlin. I know exactly what I have to do to make the women crazy. A lot of friends of mine, like Chaka Khan, freak out, because they want to have what I offer. At this point, I’m very successful all over the world, so if it works, that’s great. The idea is to make six to eight episodes of my own show. Now, we just need to find the right network.
It must be so hard being you!
Not really. I don’t go to parties, so I save a lot of time and a lot of energy. I have dinner with friends, and I don’t drink very much alcohol. Privately, I live a very boring life.
Let’s talk about all of your projects. Are you going to have your own video game?
No, but I am doing the packaging for the box of a video game. I made a bag with Swarovski for PlayStation. It’s limited edition.
And a book and your own line of wallpaper! Go on…
I have everything from mobile phone cases and cosmetics to furniture, home couture, chandeliers, carpets, chocolates and dog couture.
Would you ever do a washer and dryer?
Yes, why not? The only thing I don’t want to do is how do you call it, for funerals?
Never. I’d maybe do my own, though. My business is very similar to Pierre Cardin’s. I started with haute couture, and I’ve been very successful because I license everything. I do the designs, but they have to produce on their own risk and sell it. I spend no money, no Euros. But everything I sell is signed by me—I’m the controller.
How were you dubbed the “Prince of Fashion?
”It started at QVC. Someone said, ‘He looks like Prince, he speaks like Karl Lagerfeld.’ Someone else said I look like the son of Liza Minnelli and David Gest. The point is, it doesn’t matter what people write about you in the blogs, the important thing is that you are recognized. The only bad thing is to be boring. So they started to call me the ‘Prince of Fashion.’ And now I’ve changed it to the ‘Prince of Pompöös.’ I don’t do just fashion. My success happened because I’m very authentic—people love that. And at the end, I’m a very clever businessman. But if we go to have some currywurst, I don’t have to be a star.
What are your thoughts on that other famous German designer, Karl Lagerfeld?
I don’t want to speak about other designers. I think he makes great things. There is one designer I like very much, and who has been the greatest designer, and that’s Yves Saint Laurent. But these days, young people are not very interested in haute couture in Paris. They’re interested in what personalities and stars are wearing. If you try to be everybody’s darling, you are nobody. You have to have your own style, and then you’ll always find people who love it, and people who don’t.
If you could dress anyone for the Oscars, who would it be?
Let me think about it. (long pause) Cher. I think she’s great.
A lot of people compare you to Liberace. Have you been to his museum in Las Vegas?
Never! Americans have said to me, ‘You’re the bomb, and you will really work in the U.S., and in three years you will be on Broadway or hosting your own show in Las Vegas.
Is Broadway in your future?
I don’t know. There are big companies that are thinking about doing some shows, but not a musical. They’ve spoken about Las Vegas and Broadway. You see, so many people are coming to me. Chaka Khan said to me, ‘One day, the ship will come.’ It’s like this—if you find big success, you just get more, and more, and more.
Do you feel respected by the fashion community here in Germany?
I don’t need to be respected, because I’m the most successful designer in Germany, and if they respect me or not, it doesn’t matter. They have investors, they have a show, they sell nothing. The fashion world is very snobby. It’s nice to be respected, but if they don’t, it’s not my problem.
Thoughts on having work done?
Plastic surgery is neither good or bad. It’s necessary.
We think Sacha Baron Cohen based his character Bruno on you. Thoughts?
(laughs) I think you have to ask him but the proof is that Sacha met me in Germany one year before he started to do the film. We had a nice evening. He asked a lot questions and filmed me. When the film came out, they found a lot of pictures and situations and poses that he did that I had done before. People asked his management for a statement, but they gave no statement. I enjoyed him very much.
Were you flattered?
Not really. It wasn’t good or bad. It was OK. I’m Harald Glööckler. I am not Bruno. I’m not angry about it.
How’s your love life?
Usually I never speak about my love life to the press but I’ll tell you about it. My partner Peter and I have lived together for 25 years. People meet these days, and they’re in love, and two weeks later it’s finished, and they’re back in love again…Love starts after the sex. If you are together with someone for 25 years, you have to find the same direction in life and to make compromises together but at the end of the day, if you really love somebody with your heart, you obviously will find a way together to be happy. It’s a lot of work. I’m very happy with my life with Peter. I’m a very loyal person as well. I always will be there for my friends. I’m very easy to handle, because if you do what I want, I will have no problem. I don’t like myself but I’m crazy about myself.
Your next project should be a love advice book!
Yes, yes, yes.
Do you have a motto?
Never give up. The most important thing in life is to never lose your humor. And I’m very disciplined, and if I start something, I never stop. I always work at it until I get it.
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