283 posts tagged "Karl Lagerfeld"
If anyone could make “hippies in fur” look chic, it’s Karl Lagerfeld. In today’s Throwback Thursdays video, Tim Blanks looks back on Fendi’s Fall ’91 show, in which Lagerfeld presented an irreverent, ultra-luxe homage to the 1960s Haight-Ashbury scene. Iconic models like Linda Evangelista were decked out in reversible fur coats, miles of fringe, bucket hats, and beads. Consider it a glamorous alternative to festival style.
Looking at Fendi past and present, Blanks explains how fashion history has unfolded—the technology, the craftsmanship, and the constant nod to the future. As for the bona fide hippies who protested Fendi’s penchant for fur? The Kaiser put it simply: “As long as people eat meat and wear leather shoes, we shouldn’t discuss that subject.” Watch the full video here, and check back next week to see Tim’s latest look into the archives.
Fendi’s Karlito is about to get a new (though not as furry) friend. WWD reports that as part of its Barbie Collector series, Mattel has teamed up with Karl Lagerfeld—arguably the most-buzzed-about designer in the biz—to create a limited-edition doll. This pretty much keeps Karl in his natural habitat—that is, surrounded by a bevy of leggy beauties. We can only wonder if Barbie Karl will be accompanied by a Mattel iteration of Choupette? Or perhaps a St. Tropez vacation villa in lieu of Barbie’s Malibu Beach House? What we do know is that the Chanel-certified doll, which hits stores this Fall, will keep to Karl’s iconic aesthetic—fingerless gloves and powder-white ponytail included.
When it comes to Chanel today, you probably think of Karl Lagerfeld’s spectacular shows—icebergs, art galleries, carousels, supermarkets, you name it—and of-the-moment models like Cara Delevingne. But the Chanel of 1991? A totally different ball game. Which is precisely why the Fall ’91 hip-hop-inspired show made such a lasting impact. In this week’s Throwback Thursdays video, Tim Blanks recalls Lagerfeld’s ability to “capture the mood of a moment.” In 1991, it was all about hip-hop, so gold chains, fishnets, oversize denim jackets, and leather were the hallmarks of the collection. This really wasn’t your grandmother’s Chanel anymore. Brash as it was, Lagerfeld was making all the right moves. We think Coco would have been proud—she used jersey in her collections, after all, and was the original purveyor of high-low style. Watch the complete video here for your weekly dose of throwback fashion.
After a week of larger-than-life couture shows, we noticed our favorite collections shared a central theme: the future. It wasn’t the stereotypical white-glove, sterile futurism you see in movies but rather an embrace of the brand-new and beautiful things we’ve never really seen before. At Dior, Raf Simons combined Marie Antoinette silhouettes with high-tech fabrics and mirrored eyeliner, while Karl Lagerfeld stayed true to form at Chanel and looked forward, forward, forward. It got us thinking about how we can incorporate new ideas into our own wardrobes. For starters, we’re still coveting Tamara Mellon’s genius leather legging-boot hybrid, and new jewelry designer Sophie Bille Brahe’s sculptural take on the pearl earring is at the top of our wish list. Metallic silver also feels particularly fresh; a modular choker or high-shine sunnies could make even a plain white tee look stunning. Shop all of our favorite forward-thinking pieces by Maison Martin Margiela, Alexander Wang, and more, below.
1. Tamara Mellon Sweet Revenge leather legging boots, $1,995, available at net-a-porter.com
2. Sophie Bille Brahe 14-karat gold ellipse earring with freshwater pearl, $800, available at stylebop.com
3. Alexander Wang zip peel away pullover, $595, available at shopbop.com
4. Maison Martin Margiela silver-tone choker, $995, available at net-a-porter.com
5. Dior So Real metal and plastic sunglasses in Palladium, $505, available at saksfifthavenue.com