277 posts tagged "Karl Lagerfeld"
ANDAM. The LVMH Prize. CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund. The fashion industry is awash in awards these days. But of all the prizes for emerging designers, none has a more hallowed history than the one given out by Woolmark, which anointed both Yves Saint Laurent and Karl Lagerfeld in the 1950s. Since its relaunch in 2013, Woolmark’s International Prize has been good to its name, first feting Christian Wijnants of Belgium, and next tapping New Delhi-based Rahul Mishra in February of this year. Last week, on Wednesday, the competition geared up for another round of regionals, gathering together up-and-coming designers from India and the Middle East at the Taj Mahal Palace in Mumbai.
Mishra was on hand for the event, and he wasn’t just there to take a victory lap. He was one of the region’s judges, alongside The Business of Fashion founder Imran Amed and Vogue India senior fashion features editor Priyanka Khanna, among others, and the gala dinner at the Taj was capped by some brief catwalking of Mishra’s new capsule collection for luxury e-tailer MyTheresa (pictured, above). The MyTheresa pieces featured soigné, Western-style silhouettes, and intricate embroidery that nodded to India’s tradition in handicraft. Meanwhile, one of the guests at the event could be found wearing a colorful Mishra-designed sari—a key part of his business in a country where traditional dress is still widely favored.
Alas, there were no saris onstage as the regional finalists presented their looks at the dinner. There was, however, menswear, a new category for the Woolmark prize. The Emperor 1688, based in the United Arab Emirates and designed by the three Golkar brothers, was handed the golden ticket to the menswear final in London, and the brand’s natty, well-priced tailoring seems likely to have a global appeal. The womenswear finalist, meanwhile, was Bird on a Wire from Lebanon (pictured, left), and designer Rayya Morcos will go on to that final in Beijing later this year. In the interim, the Woolmark road show travels on: The U.S. regionals take place next week in New York City.
Maternitywear just got a whole lot chicer—and more expensive—thanks to Ashleigh Good, who closed this morning’s Chanel Haute Couture show in Paris during what appears to be her third trimester of pregnancy. While we’ve witnessed supermodels like Jourdan Dunn or Alessandra Ambrosio strut catwalks sporting visible baby bumps, it’s essentially unprecedented to send someone this far along down the runway. Leave it to Karl Lagerfeld to break down industry barriers.
Undoubtedly, Good’s lap around the Grand Palais in a gilded white empire-neck gown was a celebration of female power, strength, and overall womanliness— not to mention a push for new body image acceptance. While some critics may question the moral implications of today’s finale by dismissing it is as exploitive or a controversy-seeking stunt, it was ultimately a mutual decision between Lagerfeld and Good, who has become a part of the Chanel family in recent years.
Good has walked in Chanel’s show the past nine seasons in a row (beginning with the brand’s 2013 Metiers d’Art spectacle in Scotland), so it was somewhat of a head-scratcher when she didn’t turn up in Dubai back in May. Lagerfeld has been instrumental in Good’s blast-off success, and regards the 22-year-old aristocratic beauty in the same light as Stella Tennant. In addition to lensing Good for multiple campaigns, Lagerfeld cast her to open four of his shows. She made the Spring ’13 Haute Couture collection a memorable one by appearing alongside Kati Nescher a lesbian bride. Outside of Chanel, the energetic Kiwi-by-way-of-Britain hasn’t skipped a beat, and has kept busy with editorial work. One thing’s for sure about Good’s future offspring: Hudson Kroenig just got a lot of competition.
In other Chanel news: Kendall Jenner made her Haute Couture debut on today’s runway. All in all, lots going on in Karl’s house.
The lines between swim and ready-to-wear are blurrier than ever these days. This season, we’ve witnessed tastemakers replacing still-happening crop tops with functional yet stylish suits meant to be worn at the beach and off of it. Swapping out your underwear for your bikini isn’t necessarily new—particularly if you’ve ever been a few days behind on laundry—but designers are now emphasizing underpinnings as a key part of the total look. Resort found the likes of Rosetta Getty and Fendi’s Karl Lagerfeld layering triangle tops under silk shirtdresses and mesh vests, while high-waisted briefs turned up at Louis Vuitton, Mary Katrantzou, and Agnona. Sporty bandeaus, meanwhile, proved to be popular among the likes of Alexander Wang, Prabal Gurung, and Preen.
EXCLUSIVE: Scott Sternberg and His Dog, General Zod, Offer a Personal Look at Band of Outsiders’ Starbucks Collaboration-------
What is it with designers and the food biz these days? From Jeremy Scott’s McDonald’s-themed Moschnio collection and Karl Lagerfeld’s supermarket, to Anya Hindmarch’s “Have a Nice Day” totes and the paper sacks at Jil Sander, fashion is embracing the visual feast that is the mass food industry. “There’s something about fashion that’s super exotic and untouchable. It’s an exclusive world,” said Band of Outsiders’ Scott Sternberg. “But there’s an overlap. If you’re a fashion consumer, you’re still engaged with these [food] chains. It just seems to me that mass and lux are playing with each other,” the L.A.-based designer told Style.com.
Sternberg has found his own way of merging those dichotomous worlds via a new collaboration with Starbucks. Following in the footsteps of brands like Rodarte, Charlotte Ronson, Alice + Olivia, and Jonathan Adler, Sternberg has created a series of limited-edition ceramic coffee mugs. “I’m a consumer of the product—every morning, I order an iced Venti Red Eye, unsweetened. In the afternoon, it’s an iced Venti Green Tea,” said Sternberg when asked why he was drawn to the Starbucks project. “I think all the messages and images I can put out there will hopefully give people a fuller understanding of what I do, and that it will engage them to check out [Band of Outsiders] further. Starbucks is such a huge platform.” Indeed it is, and this team-up will no doubt gain Sternberg exposure—his mugs, priced at $14.95, will be available at many of Starbucks’ more than 12,900 stateside stores from June 24, as well as online from June 10.
As for the design, Sternberg was inspired by the word drip. “There are so many slang terms for coffee, and drip is my favorite. Visually, when that word came into my mind, I could see the paint dripping out of the top of the tumbler.”
Next on the designer’s docket is Band of Outsiders’ new Manhattan store, which will open this August on Wooster Street between Spring and Broome. Lucky for Sternberg, there’s a Starbucks two blocks away.
Have a look at how Sternberg and his dog, General Zod, use their Band of Outsiders for Starbucks cups below, exclusively on Style.com.
“My Band + Starbucks tumbler finding its place at my desk next to my army of vintage Pez dispensers.”
“Lady Starbuck riding the California waves.”
“Zod chillin’ at home on the sofa with his Band + Starbucks tumbler.”
Karl Lagerfeld is being sued by New Balance over a pair of “confusing” kicks, according to TMZ. The sneaker giant claims that Lagerfeld’s black-and-white leather, suede, and mesh sneaker (complete with “K” block letters) is a blatant copy of a classic New Balance design. (Lagerfeld’s shoe is available for $360 at Net-a-Porter, if you’re interested.) It seems New Balance is being a bit sensitive here. Not only has Lagerfeld designed fashion sneakers for years (most notably for Chanel), but the man has built a career on taking an irreverent approach to luxury fashion. These shoes aren’t a copy—they’re simply an appropriation of a classic, decidedly unglamorous shoe. It’s an homage, not a knockoff. And really, who sues the Kaiser? The debacle brings to mind Jeremy Scott’s debut collection for Moschino, which featured a prominent McDonald’s motif. There was no legal squabble over Scott’s Happy Meal handbags, nor did Nickelodeon and Hershey lawyer-up about his SpongeBob sweaters and candy-wrapper gowns. With that, we rest our case.