254 posts tagged "Karl Lagerfeld"
We should be used to Karl Lagerfeld’s surprises by now, but the Kaiser’s novelty has yet to wear off (and likely never will). Case in point: After staging Chanel pre-collection shows in such far-flung locales as Singapore, Linlithgow, Versailles, and, most recently, Dallas, WWD announced today that the Resort 2015 show will take place on May 13 in Dubai. The venue has yet to be disclosed, but we’re curious to know if it will be staged on the beach. With temperatures hovering around 100 degrees, this may finally be our chance to pull out those Chanel surfboards.
Last October, British stylist Charlotte Stockdale announced she was leaving her post at i-D, a pillar of British street and underground fashion, and joining Garage magazine as its fashion director. The über-cool stylist’s first efforts for Dasha Zhukova’s biannual art and fashion mag were unveiled today, when issue six hit newsstands. Garage gave us an exclusive first look at its Nick Knight-lensed covers (above), which feature Karlie Kloss and Cara Delevingne. As evidenced by Garage‘s new snaps, Stockdale can seamlessly transition between high-gloss and grit—a skill that no doubt came in handy during her stints at Dazed & Confused and Harper’s Bazaar, and while styling shows for the likes of Dolce & Gabbana and Fendi. She’s worked with Karl Lagerfeld on the latter’s runway looks and campaigns for the last five years. Here, Style.com caught up with Stockdale to talk about the state of British fashion, leaving i-D, and her vision for Garage.
What drew you to Garage?
Everything about it. I remember the first issue coming out and thinking it was something different, courageous, seriously beautiful, and sometimes quite shocking. It’s not safe and it’s incredibly sophisticated. I talked on and off with Dasha about shooting for her, but it never worked because I was too busy with i-D. Then we met for tea after the summer—I was quite relaxed from holiday—and she said she was looking into a fashion director, and obviously that evolved into a conversation.
Did you feel that i-D was no longer those things—courageous, shocking, and beautiful? Is that why you left?
No, that’s not why I left. Not in the slightest. I enjoy conceptual fashion, and there isn’t a lot of space left for it anymore. Garage is a venue where conceptual fashion is still the right thing. When I started at Dazed & Confused at the beginning, conceptual fashion was the thing. I like exploring it on multilayers, not just mixing jackets and trousers for a good picture.
And how does that translate in terms of your vision for this magazine?
I would like to keep a delicate mix of sophisticated and playful. Humor is very important, but it can’t be silly, and beauty is really important. The art content is serious. I don’t mean serious in a way that it is not amusing. Some of it is very amusing, but they put in heavyweights. The fashion needs to balance that out. I love working with the stylish photographers and new photographers and new designers. So far, most of them are saying “yes.”
On the subject of new designers, who are you particularly excited about right now in London?
It sounds awfully predictable to say, but I am very interested in J.W. Anderson and Christopher Kane. London right now has finally hit its stride. There’s Peter Pilotto, Mary Katrantzou, etc., and they have all found this balance between creativity and the business, which are equally important. That wasn’t so much the case when I was young. Some succeeded and others didn’t—the balance wasn’t correct. I have seen so much talent leave Britain and move to other cities. We have always felt it was such a shame that these kids aren’t back at home building proper brands themselves.
How do you think this momentum with London fashion will progress in the next few seasons?
I think the momentum will continue. With Natalie Massenet at the helm of British Fashion Council, everything has stepped up a few notches. Obviously, she is a lady of no fear. These young designers all have solid bases, and they are building proper businesses. The month is a very crowded month, and it is pretty challenging for [fashion] people like ourselves. London used to be a three-day thing and you could miss it. Now it’s a solid five-day event full of high-class content. It is the most interesting fashion week aside from Paris.
Karl, Cara, Silvia, Georgia May—the gang’s all here for Inside the Mothership, a new fifteen-minute documentary that takes viewers behind the scenes of Fendi’s Spring ’14 collection. The house granted director and fashion film vet Loïc Prigent unfettered access to its castings and fittings, as well as Lagerfeld, whose tenure at Fendi began in 1965. “For me, it’s not a challenge but a great honor to work with Karl,” offered Fendi CEO Pietro Beccari when asked about Lagerfeld’s notorious perfectionism. “He created the DNA of the company, basically. The challenge is that he’s never happy. He could change [the collection] until two hours before the show, one look or even one complete story, because he wants to be one hundred percent happy. Nine-eight is not enough.” But the film’s bottom line is a heritage of dynamism. “The creative process is one where we throw ideas on the table. We never say no at the beginning, and we try hard to make it happen, and therefore we go beyond—to find new ways, new techniques, new looks, daring combinations, and daring innovations,” Beccari told Style.com. “That makes Fendi very special. And that has always been like that from the very beginning.” Ahead of the full-length film’s February 5 release on Fendi.com, a three-minute trailer debuts here, exclusively on Style.com.
Wondering how models keep themselves entertained backstage during hours of hair and makeup? Grace Mahary, who recently shared her fashion week essentials with Style.com, is “currently obsessed” with MomentCam, a new photo-editing app that transforms camera pictures into fun, unpredictable caricatures. Along with a sketchy selfie (above), Mahary sent along several tongue-in-cheek portraits of fellow catwalkers, including Caroline Brasch Nielsen, Xiao Wen Ju, Tilda Lindstam, and Hanne Gaby Odiele (below). Over the next month, we’re hoping to see more MomentCam creations starring industry regulars. Could you imagine a cartoon Karl, Alber, or Pat McGrath? The possibilities are endless.
MomentCam is available at the iTunes App Store. Visit www.itunes.com.
Anyone who knows me knows that I get pretty excited about all things fashion, whether it’s a shoe, a bag, a dress, or beyond. (I am a market director, after all!) I’m always looking for the next item, the next trend, or simply what I must have. From here on out, I’ll be offering a regular rundown of what I’m crazy about, and sharing my wish list with you. Of course, we’re excited to hear what you’re crazy for, too, so please share your favorite new designers, trends, and products with us in the comments.
1. Now that I’m a mother of two, I’ve found myself carrying more and more things in my handbag. Chloé’s Baylee bag looks professional and, thanks to its cross-body strap, is also a practical, hands-free weekend option. It’s been on my wish list for a while, so I think it might be time to give in.
Chloé Baylee bag, $2,250, Buy it now
2. Thanks to Isabel Marant, we have all been wearing high-top wedges; thanks to Phoebe Philo, we’ve been addicted to slip-ons. Now comes Karl Lagerfeld, changing the high-fashion sneaker game with his Spring ’14 couture trainers. After last week’s Chanel Couture show, we all wanted to go back to the nineties. If you too were inspired by the runway and are looking for a (slightly more affordable) pair now, check out Lanvin’s holographic kicks, which retail for $695.
Lanvin holographic leather sneakers, $695, Buy it now
3. By January, my skin is so dry, even with all the extra moisturizer I insist on using. I’ve found that fashion-friendly sweatshirts are softer on my skin than any cashmere. It’s also been a uniform around the Style.com offices—everyone is wearing their sweats to work.
Être Cécile sweatshirt, $148.50, Buy it now
4. It’s freaking cold in New York. It’s never been this cold as long as I’ve lived here. That being said, a great snow boot is a necessity. O Jour’s furry-lined pair is all I want to wear. Charlotte Casiraghi was spotted wearing them last week.
O Jour Red Hare boots, $1,070, Buy it now
5. While trying to decide who did the best job staying warm and looking chic during the Couture shows in Paris, Emmanuelle Alt stood out. Thanks to her, I’m now craving Isabel Marant Étoile’s quilted kimono coat.
Isabel Marant Étoile quilted coat, $745, Buy it now