286 posts tagged "Karl Lagerfeld"
It goes without saying that today’s top models are a far cry from pageant queens. There’s Cara Delevingne, whose goofy expressions have been just as integral to her success as her stunning features; Binx Walton, who you’ll sooner find on a skateboard than on a beauty contest stage; and Edie Campbell, who embodies edgy model-off-duty style. In fact, Tim Blanks asserts that he can’t think of one model who has achieved glory in both pageants and high fashion, except for Helena Christensen. In today’s Throwback Thursday video, Blanks revisits the iconic 90s supe’s Miss Universe beginnings and overnight success on the runway. She played muse to Karl Lagerfeld, became one of the first Victoria’s Secret models, and starred in the sexy music video for Chris Isaak’s “Wicked Games” (which picked up a few MTV Video Music Awards). During a period of emerging supermodel archetypes, her timing could not have been better: Christensen was the voluptuous, exotic foil to Christy Turlington and Claudia Schiffer’s girl-next-door charm. Follow Christensen’s unpredictable journey from beauty to catwalk queen here.
Vanity Fair’s annual International Best-Dressed List was released today and the 2014 version included a healthy dose of well-deserving contenders (Lupita Nyong’o, Pharrell, Cate Blanchett, and Benedict Cumberbatch among them), fashion professionals like Natalie Massenet of Net-a-Porter and Elie Top of Lanvin, plus a few names that left us scratching our heads.
Royalty was on trend for this year’s list, which includes the Crown Princess Mary of Denmark, Queen Maxima of the Netherlands, and of course, Kate Middleton. With this year’s list, Middleton joins the Hall of Fame, along with Alice + Olivia’s Stacey Bendet and Karl Lagerfeld. (VF also compiled an accompanying roster of Lagerfeld’s muses over the years—check it out here).
But there’s another, lesser-known royal on the roster who caught our attention: the King of Bhutan. The ruler of the last Himalayan kingdom, along with musician St. Vincent and novelist Donna Tartt (a favorite of the fashion set these days), made up the most eccentric and interesting group of them all, the “Originals.” Style icons for this trio run the gamut, from Louise Brooks to Harold from Harold and Maude to Albert Einstein. The mysterious King of Bhutan lives in Samteling Palace, and his most notable ensemble of 2014 was a “traditional burgundy knee-length gho to celebrate the April opening of the Panbang Bridge.”
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Ever since Karl Lagerfeld sent models down a Dallas runway in miles of fringe, cowboy boots, and blanket-striped ponchos for Chanel’s Métiers d’Arts show, there’s been a collective shift toward Western style. But you don’t have to live in Texas or own a Palomino to pull it off. Fashion houses like Valentino and Saint Laurent are giving fringe a chic, citified appeal. In earthy hues like ecru, black, and burnt sienna, fringe is perfect for the workweek ahead and your weekend trip upstate—it’s as easy as swapping your pumps for desert boots. Shop our favorite fringe pieces by J.Crew, Tamara Mellon, and more, below.
1. Tamara Mellon fringed suede pencil skirt, $895, available at net-a-porter.com
2. Samuji ecru white rooibos crop top, $400, available at avenue32.com
3. J.Crew chain tassel earrings, $58, available at jcrew.com
4. Saint Laurent fringe small bucket bag, $2,150, available at barneys.com
5. Valentino C-Rockee fringed leather sandals, $1,095, available at mytheresa.com
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.