August 20 2014

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65 posts tagged "Karl Lagerfeld"

The Eighties Are Alive at Chanel Couture



Baseball hats have become the accessory du jour for many celebs and street-style stars looking to make a statement (or perhaps camouflage a less-than-camera-worthy hair day). And at Chanel, Karl Lagerfeld put his own couture spin on the backwards cap (with a little help from Maison Michel), which backstage guru Sam McKnight perched low over a flat chignon and offset with an “eighties boy band, New Wave, spiky quiff.”

To achieve this voluminous pompadour, McKnight and his team crafted more than fifty hairpieces—washing them with dish soap to lend a “dry, malleable texture” before styling. Next, he worked L’Oréal Professionnel Tecni Art Full Volume Mousse through strands, blew them dry, and topped off the finished product with a combo of Bumble and Bumble Thickening Dryspun Finish and Batiste dry shampoo. After slicking models’ natural hair into a tight bun near the nape of the neck, pinning the faux piece into place, and teasing, McKnight set the style with Sebastian Re-Shaper hairspray. Honestly, what eighties-inspired look would be complete without some strategic backcombing and a liberal dose of shellac?

To see a series of iconic looks McKnight has created for the storied French house, watch the video below:

Go Big or Go Home at Chanel Resort



Bigger it seems is often better—at least when it comes to Chanel. And the hair crafted by Sam McKnight for the house’s Resort 2015 show in Dubai was no different. Each season, strands seem to be increasing in length and width—with Spring 2013 offering up flared-out wigs, and Fall 2014 providing grocery store goers with back-grazing, “exaggerated” ponytails “blown up in proportion” with rags of tweed. And for Cruise, models’ hair was taken to new heights—with some sporting an exaggerated Bardot-like bump, and the others a cumulus cloud of corkscrew curls reminiscent of Diana Ross. To achieve the supersized ringlets, McKnight spritzed strands with Sebastian Forte spray, wrapped sections around a curling iron, let them set, backcombed the roots with Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray, and “teased quite a lot.” For the straighter style, the pro plumped roots with L’Oréal Professionnel Tecni Art mousse and blew hair off the face before backcombing at the crown and finishing with a combo of Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray and Sebastian Forte. With gold lamé, light-up shoes, and seventies-inspired hairstyles making their way down the runway, we’d say Karl managed to pump up the volume and throw quite the disco in the desert.


Photos: Instagram

EXCLUSIVE: Choupette Lagerfeld Tells All



As a beauty editor, investigative reporting is part of the job and I’ll go to great lengths to get a scoop—even if it means enduring intense heat (sauna), icy waters (plunge pool), or fog so thick you could slice it with a knife (steam room). Tracking a source down at the spa is no easy task, but if you want an exclusive with Choupette Lagerfeld, then you just have to suck it up and take a hot stone massage for the team. Here, how I penetrated the Kaiser’s high-security forces and managed to steal a few words with the fashion world’s most in-demand feline.

[Clad in a white, terrycloth robe, I slip past the bodyguards lulled to sleep by the spa music. In the middle of the dim treatment room I notice the fluffy fashion muse enjoying a thermal seaweed wrap—cucumbers delicately placed over her blue eyes.]

Choupette, is that you in there?

Excuse moi! Why must you interrupt my spa session?!

My apologies, your highness, but coordinating an interview with your people is next to impossible—even for

Why, hello there, dahhhling! Hopefully you take as good care of me as my maids.

I wouldn’t dream of anything less. Let’s talk about your claws—seems like everyone is sporting the pointed shape these days.

Long overdue for my PET-icure and manicure at @JINsoon salon. These talons must be at their peak performance for catfights!

The only catfights I’ve seen are at sample sales and I imagine Daddy Karl is vehemently against those, correct?

Every year I await the @diptyqueParis February sample sale. Not that I need anything to cover up my odeur de litterbox.

Shocking, but I do imagine you to be a Baies kind of girl. Since you mingle with the masses to do your candle shopping, do you stock up on your own Fancy Feast or leave that task to the help?

Can you picture me in a grocery store? Non!

I should have known—all those ladies in their loungewear, the majority not wearing pieces from your father’s supermarché-themed collection.

Grocery shopping is still no excuse to wear sweatpants!

You and our associate news editor Katharine K. Zarrella are on the same page. I think the two of you should meet. What type of company do you keep?

If your LinkedIn profile says Social Media Guru or Style Expert, we are not friends, professional acquaintances, nor have we worked together.

So who is a member of your inner circle, exactly? Aside from Cara Delevingne, of course.

I feel a bond with women who sit at the salon while sipping champs. Does that make me pretentious?

Not at all—I completely understand. Is there a beauty trend you absolutely despise?

There’s a reason felines hate water: the wet hair look is just NOT the cat’s meow. #PleaseStop #NYFW

I love that you speak in hashtags—then again, you are a social media guru with your own Emoji. What are your other pet peeves?

Is there anything worse than when your tuna roll gets delivered without the crunch? #FirstFelineProblems

Ugh, the worst. I hear you rouse Daddy Karl at 7:00 a.m. to feed you fresh croquettes. You must have one hell of a meow.

The only mewing noises I make sound like Miu Miu.

Naturally. For those of us who aren’t a “kept woman” and don’t have a staff to style our hair, what’s your best piece of grooming advice?

Remember to Ask Yourself: What would Daddy @KarlLagerfeld think?

Photo: Instagram

Karl Lagerfeld Is Like Enterprise: He’ll Pick You Up; Reasons to Stop Wiping Away Makeup and Just Wash Your Face; and More


After an exciting, emotiKarl-filled countdown (in black fingerless gloves, no less), Karl Lagerfeld’s new namesake fragrances finally launched on March 13. In celebration of the two scents (one for men and one for women), as well as the opening of his first London concept store on Regent Street, Lagerfeld announced via Instagram that a #KarlKab—that is, a taxicab adorned with black and white emotiKarl icons—will roam the streets of London for a month, giving out free mini bottles of his perfume to lucky passengers. It’s Karl’s world, and we’re just living/riding in it. [Instagram]

Makeup-removing wipes are a godsend when you’re too tired (or too lazy—hey, we’re not judging) to scrub, but could they be more harmful than helpful? According to cosmetic dermatologist Dr. Sam Bunting, cleansing wipes can cause anything from sagging eyes and wrinkles to dry skin and acne. “If you must use a wipe,” he told the Daily Mail, “limit their use to rare occasions—nothing will clear your skin as effectively as a proper cleanse.”

Skin tones aren’t limited to just a few categories, though the range of base products available from most beauty brands might say otherwise. At least, that’s what Brazilian photographer Angélica Dass is trying to prove through Humanae Project, in which she attempts to highlight all of the possible skin tones by matching the color of a person’s nose to a Pantone hue. (There are already more than two thousand images on her Tumblr.) The question that instantly comes to our minds: Which cosmetic company will step up to the plate and create a collection of corresponding foundations? [Allure]

Take a peek inside the home—and life—of Josie Maran, where the eco-friendly model-turned-beauty tycoon chats with The Coveteur about everything from her brief stint as a musician with Nicole Richie; her favorite food (pizza); and her makeup routine, which includes a dose of—you guessed it—argan oil, a quick eyelash curl, and a dab of her coconut water-infused cheek gelée.

Karl Lagerfeld Develops a New Lexicon and Sends Messages Through Scent



Do you speak Lagerfeld? As of today you can quickly adopt the lingo via a new app: emotiKarl. Even better: It’s free and doesn’t involve learning French or the Kaiser’s native German. Naturally, fingerless gloves, a stiff white collar, and Choupette are all involved—allowing you to express your feelings via a series of thirty illustrated characters (my personal favorite being the Karl “grit face”). Lagerfeld has always been on the forefront of technology: He was inspired by digital codes for Spring 2014, and this season employed buzzing drones at Fendi to gain a fresh perspective on the clothes.

One tradition he’s sticking to, however, is fragrance. The twist? He never spritzes it on himself—not even his namesake blend for men (which boasts hints of lavender, apple, violet leaves, and sandalwood) or women (a floral composition that includes notes of peach and musk) launching today. He told Elle that he mists everything around him (towels, sheets, jeans, paper, etc.), but doesn’t actually apply either to skin. Then again, I’d never expect the norm from Lagerfeld—a man who makes even the most mundane task (like grocery shopping) a magical, unexpected experience.

Karl Lagerfeld Eau de Parfum for Women, $85, and Eau de Toilette for Men, $75;


Photos: Karl Lagerfeld Fragrances