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Julien MacDonald: Karl Lagerfeld Used To Hit Me With An Old Fashioned Black Fan

Designer and "Britain's Next Top Model" judge Julien MacDonald revealed to Vogue UK what it's like to work chez Chanel as a 21-year-old -- and be a bit abused by the Kaiser, literally:

"He used to carry around an old fashioned black fan and when you were being difficult he'd hit you with it....He'd taunt you then hit you with it -- it was all done in a joking way and never done very hard, but I do remember it quite clearly. It was his alternative to a stick I suppose. Now Karl's signature is his silver jewellery but then it was these specially crafted fans. I'm quite glad I had to deal with the fans and not the jewellery. You'd get knocked out if he jokingly hit you with any of those."

Does MacDonald know that folding fans are making a comeback?

MacDonald, who previously put his foot in his mouth after calling plus-sized models a joke, is hoping that he's asked back to appear on the UK's next season of "Top Model." He told Vogue, "Finding a top model is tough -- she has to be tall, sexy and have a dangerous personality. When Kate, Linda or Naomi walk into a room you go 'Wow'. That's what I want -- someone that blows you away. You're not going to find that person waiting at a bus stop."