230 posts tagged "Karl Lagerfeld"
Who doesn’t love a little fuzzy Muppet madness? During the Spring shows in Milan (which feel like ages ago, but were, in fact, last week), Fendi picked up where it left off for Fall and continued having lots of fun with fur. While last season it appeared as multicolored Mohawks atop models’ heads, this time around, Lagerfeld stuck bejeweled clips with wisps of violet, cobalt, lavender, or black fluff on models’ ears. It kind of looked like what might grow out of the ear canal of everyone’s favorite out-of-control, drumming puppet, Animal—if he were aging, and impossibly glam.
Meanwhile, today at Rochas, Marco Zanini sent crystal-embellished mules covered in mops of ostrich feathers down the runway—the yellow iterations brought Big Bird to mind. Moments later, at Gareth Pugh, a model stomped the catwalk in a flurry of purple ostrich plumes that enveloped her head and neck. Call us crazy, but we think this would look fantastic on Sam the Eagle (or even Mrs. Sam the Eagle?) should he want a sartorial update.
There are few in fashion (or any realm, for that matter) who know how to turn a phrase so acidic, thought-provoking, and, occasionally, appalling as well as Karl Lagerfeld. The twenty-first century’s Diet Coke-swilling answer to Oscar Wilde, Lagerfeld has made almost as much of a name for himself with his rapier wit and gimlet eye as for his work at Chanel, Fendi, et al. In honor of that silver tongue (which, along with the Kaiser, recently celebrated its 80th birthday), Flammarion has compiled The World According to Karl, a 176-page tome of his takes on fashion, fitness, design, and beyond, all handsomely bound in—you guessed it—black and white. We have a feeling the German provocateur would approve.
Below, Style.com rounds up ten of the book’s top Kaiser quotes.
The World According to Karl will be available at Rizzoli New York beginning September 17.
Ten Unforgettable Thoughts from the Ever-Quotable Karl:
“My only ambition in life is to wear size 30 jeans.”
“I don’t mind being a monster, but there are limits.”
“When people show their ass that doesn’t bother me. When they expose their feelings, that shocks me.”
“I feel no remorse and no regrets. I have amnesia when it comes to the past.”
“I hate rich people who live within their means.”
“Think pink, as Diana Vreeland said—but don’t wear it.”
“I don’t need to shop for food, because I never eat.”
“My childhood dream was not to be a child. I’d find it humiliating to be a child. Second-class human being.”
“I know revenge is mean and horrible, but I see no reason why I shouldn’t do something back if somebody has done something bad to me. When people think it’s all forgotten I pull the chair away—maybe ten years later.”
“I’ve become like a Lacoste alligator. Soon I’ll have to be sewn onto clothes.”
Karl Lagerfeld has scarcely found a subject or a medium that hasn’t induced him to a collaboration, capsule collection, or self-published tome. Maybe it was only a matter of time before he turned his attention to horror films. His new campaign film for Fendi, Invito Pericoloso (that is to say, “A Dangerous Invitation”) stars Lagerfeld favorites Cara Delevingne and Saskia de Brauw as guests-to-be at a chilling dinner party, and Lady Amanda Harlech as their hostess/captor. Cue the creepy music! The film debuts exclusively here on Style.com, and arrives tomorrow at Fendi.com.
On a list of things that seemingly do not go together, Karl Lagerfeld and infants would rank pretty high. And yet this footage of the famously stone-faced “Uncle Karl” pushing Romy—Julia Restoin Roitfeld’s daughter—around in a stroller might just be one of the best things we’ve ever seen. Pulled from Fabien Constant’s forthcoming Carine Roitfeld documentary, Mademoiselle C, the clip shows the Kaiser taking a quick spin and weighing in on breast-feeding.
In honor of Karl’s 80th birthday, we’re bringing you the video’s exclusive debut. For more candid moments from fashion heavyweights, catch Mademoiselle C when it hits theaters on September 11.
If Carine Roitfeld has proven anything in her three decades in the fashion game, it’s that she’s a master of reinvention—of both herself and others. All one needs to do is look at her latest CR Fashion Book cover—which features reality-TV-star-turned-quasi-fashion-world fascination Kim Kardashian showing off a gilded grill—to see that. The editor, stylist, and consultant, who left her decade-long post as editor in chief of Paris Vogue in 2011 only to launch her abovementioned biannual publication to much fanfare in New York a year later, is the subject of Fabien Constant’s new documentary, Mademoiselle C. The film, which debuted in New York last night, chronicles the making of the inaugural issue of Roitfeld’s magazine and offers an intimate look into the life of the editor. “I was very surprised when I saw the film for the first time,” Roitfeld told us, donning a youthful Céline crop top and Miu Miu denim skirt. “I didn’t imagine it would be so personal. You see everything—my family, my kids, my husband, my apartment, my [dance] lessons, and this was very difficult.” We have to say, though, it was refreshing to see the editor—who’s famed for working with everyone from Karl Lagerfeld and Tom Ford to Bruce Weber and Mario Testino—behave so candidly in front of the camera. Style.com caught up with Roitfeld prior to the film’s premiere to talk life after Vogue, Nicolas Ghesquière, the future of fashion, and what it means to be sexy.
Before I turned on my recorder, you were talking about how much you admire Coco Chanel. Why is that?
She came back to work at almost 70 years old, and she came back as a success, and America was the first country to welcome her. France didn’t. They always say, you’re never a king or a queen in your own country.
Is that why you came to New York to launch CR Fashion Book? Do you feel like the Americans made you a “queen”?
I think America was very nice with me, because the day I finished Paris Vogue, I immediately got a phone call from America. Once you’re in New York, you jump. Paris is mostly retired people—I love it, and it’s a beautiful city, but it’s quite slow. In New York, you can do anything—you can shoot on Sundays, you can shoot at night, you can get a pink dog, everything you want is possible. It’s like Jay-Z’s song about the Big Apple—you never stop.
Do you miss being the editor in chief of Paris Vogue?
No. I still like the title. I think it’s a magical title, and there was a Vogue before me, there will be a Vogue after me. I have no regrets. Ten years is quite long. Otherwise, you stay forever, and you settle into office life, and I don’t like office life. It’s difficult to do things on your own, but I think it’s very exciting, and everyone says, oh, you look younger than before, and it’s just because I’m learning more.
Do you think that Emmanuelle Alt is taking Paris Vogue in the right direction?
I will not look at it. It’s her thing. It’s totally different. I don’t want to compare and I don’t want to judge. I’m over this now, you know? I do my own thing, and it takes me enough time, enough energy, I’m not here to criticize. I don’t care. I have so many projects—I’ve become a cover girl and a grandma at the same time. I have so many exciting things in my life. I don’t need to look back.
Before you launched CR Fashion Book, there were rumors that you weren’t on the best of terms with Nicolas Ghesquière. What’s your relationship like with him now?
This is the bullshit of politics in fashion. I’ve never had a problem with Nicolas. I just sent him a text and said, “I miss you!” I’ve known him since the very beginning. I think he’s the most talented person in fashion. He’s very, very smart. I’m sure he’s coming back, and I hope it’s very soon, because we miss him. And I think he’s going to surprise everyone. There are not so many big talents today, and he’s one of them.
Inevitably, Mademoiselle C is going to be compared to The September Issue, and you to Anna Wintour. How do you feel about being compared to her?
I was compared to Anna for many years. But I worked with her. I was working for her, and I think she’s a very tough woman, but she’s very honest. She’s a hard worker, and she and Grace [Coddington] have a lot of passion. And you feel passion in Mademoiselle C, too. Totally different, though. Vogue is the biggest magazine in the world; they have a lot of money. For our first issue, we had four people doing the magazine, but we have the same passion. Continue Reading “Carine Roitfeld Opens the Book” »