'The Kaiser' Lagerfeld backs Hillary Clinton

Karl Lagerfeld acknowledges the audience during a fashion show on March 8, 2016.
Karl Lagerfeld acknowledges the audience during a fashion show on March 8, 2016. PHOTO: AFP

PARIS (AFP) - Designer Karl Lagerfeld, the doyen of the fashion world known as "The Kaiser", gave his backing Tuesday to Hillary Clinton's US presidential campaign.

The German-born style icon said he "liked the idea" of Clinton taking over from Barack Obama at the White House.

"They had the first black president, what they need now is the first women president. It has to change too," he told AFP after unveiling his latest collection for Chanel in Paris.

Asked if he would be actively supporting Clinton, Lagerfeld, 82, said: "There is nobody else to support anyway!"

The designer, who has spent most of his life in France, does not have a vote in either the Democratic primaries or in US elections.

Latest polls show that Clinton is pulling ahead of her Democratic rival Bernie Sanders for the party's nomination for next year's presidential vote.