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Karl Lagerfeld Passes at 85. Je Suis Triste: A Fond Farewell to a Fashion Icon.

Yesterday and today, the fashion world is in mourning. Karl Lagerfeld has died and the industry will never be the same. He was a cornerstone, a foundation, of the industry.

Karl Otto Lagerfeld was a creative director, fashion designer, artist, photographer, who lived in Paris.  Born in 1933 Karl was quick to learn, and branched out as soon as possible. By 1955, after living in Paris for two years, Lagerfeld entered a coat design competition sponsored by the International Wool Secretariat. He won the competition and became quick friends with Yves Saint Laurent, and was then hired by Pierre Balmain. He worked as Pierre Balmain’s assistant, and later apprentice, for three years. (Wikipedia)

Most importantly in the 1980s, when Chanel was antiquated and dying, he took over. He turned it into the multi-billion dollar empire that we know and love today. Insane runways in the Palais in Paris full of rockets, crystals, industrial sites. and models fighting for a change. His collections have met us at the beach and had us walk on water. Never a dull moment his runways were and extension of his personality.

His last show, 2019, Palais de Paris, Haute Couture

With his death may have shared their stories. Models like Naomi Campbell, and Karen Elson, speak warmly of him. Others, say he was a sizist and misogynist. Perhaps, he was a bit of both, he was known to be cruel at times. Karl, however, made a point of saying,

“Everything I say is a joke. I am a joke of myself.”

Karl was indeed a man of great talent. His vision and vast knowledge made and broke careers. He was known for his acerbic wit and sometimes, brutally honest personality.

Karl Lagerfeld, was one thing. Larger than life. He created, made, spoke fashion. He made the industry what we see today. He has left a legacy for us to build upon. Let us hope that we choose to do the right thing with it.

Karls Interview with Suzy Menkes on how he wants to be remembered

Glass Magazine Chanel Editorial – Summer 2017

What do we love? Chanel. Who else do we love? Glass Magazine. Why?

Recently I have been making friends with the people over at Glass Magazine. By friends, I actually mean Facebook and Instagram friends. This of course will be remedied by me being awesome in their proximity and vice versa. Life goals people.

I’m especially enjoying the work of the Stylist, who works with Glass regularly, Katie Felstead. She is genius and makes everything from modern, edginess too romantic styles look brilliant. You know I don’t give accolades to other Stylist’s unless they are balls out amazing.

Back to this amazing editorial. Chanel is one of those amazing labels that every country understands. Say Chanel anywhere in the world (except maybe the deep amazon, though maybe there too) and it’s recognized as a brand with integrity, quality that costs big bucks.

Glass Magazine produced a wonderful Chanel editorial shoot that’s soft, beautiful and sexy. Giving us the sense of a gentle and delicate Chanel woman.

I hope you enjoy this as much as I did.

PHOTOGRAPHER / TURKINA FASO
STYLIST / KATIE FELSTEAD
MODEL / SARA DIJKINK @ Premier
HAIR / PAUL DONOVAN
MAKE UP / PORSCHE POON
MANICURE / NICKIE RHODES-HILL
PHOTOGRAPHY ASSISTANT / PASCAL HUBNER
CASTING / PAUL ISAAC

Pulman hotel / London 2017

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Alexander McQueen SS 2015 Avant Art #SS2015 #Spring #Leather #Flowers #Flourish #WearableArt #McQueen

Sarah Burton has taken the Haus of McQueen and made it a fully functioning palais de genius since McQueen’s unfortunate departure in 2002. Her sense of style, art and the dramatic have become a beautiful beast with a dash of feminine mystique.

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This season the Haus of McQueen has brought laser cut garments, with an Asian inspired flower design and detailing in leather. With a flourish of kimono like dresses and garments that are reminiscent of the early 40’s, Burton inserts her own twist of the modern with cut out breast petals and dashes of embroidery. Add unique latex mask’s in a stunning representation that is truly, wholly, McQueen wearable art.

Check out the SS 2015 line below.

@KarlLagerfeld Makes Everything Old New Again, Mod Inspired Shoot with @NumeroMagazine #French #KarlLagerfeld #Photography

Unkle Karl strikes again!

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Taking Numero Magazine to new heights, Karl Lagerfeld went behind the lens and created 5 original ‘Mod’ magazine covers with ‘Pop Couture’.

With a sixties psychedelic background, Karl Lagerfeld gives us ‘joie de vivre’ Parisian style, including fashions by;

Jean Paul Gaultier, Dior, Armani Prive, Valentino and of course Chanel showcase a youthful and carefree side of couture – still elegant but completely in line with the way modern women dress.

I don’t know about youthful and carefree as much as devastating, gorgeous and scintillating sexy.

Bravissimo, Karl Lagerfeld! Your creativity knows no bounds. Check the other four masterpieces below.

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Powerful Beauties in New Balmain Campaign #Rihanna #Naomi #Iman

Leave it to the french fashion house of Balmain to take three everlasting and powerful beauties to grace their new campaign. Partnering with W Magazine, Balmain presents one of the most striking covers of the year.

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The cover itself is stunning, but W mag and Olivier Rousteing, the new head of Balmain take things up a notch inside the pages of the magazine. Snagging the powerhouses that are Rihanna, Naomi Campbell and Iman, W magazine creates an overpowering editorial.

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Olivier Rousteing proves without a doubt (pictured above), at 27, he is beyond brilliant as the new head designer and creative director of Balmain. We can’t wait to see what he comes up with next. Bring it Balmain!

Chanel’s ‘Once Upon a Time’, Beautiful and Creative #Fashion #Video #KeiraKnightly

Since I am in the throes of viewing runway video, I thought I would bring you a Chanel treat.

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Me think Karl Lagerfeld aspires to be more of a director and less art director.

With ‘Once Upon a Time’ Lagerfeld shows a forgotten time splashed with idealism, the sweet hopes of a new business, high society vs. the everyday Parisienne, and dazzles with his collection of Chanel for men and women.

Step into the turn of the century with Keira Knightly as Coco Chanel and enjoy a delightful piece showcasing talent and fashion.

John Galliano Get’s the Boot From Parson’s. #Again #Burn

John Galliano just cannot get a break. Then again, why should he?

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In 2011 while helming the house of Dior, John Galliano went on a horrible anti-Semitic rant in France. Some poor couple was berated, he was arrested for drunken public behaviour and it cost him his job. This was an unforgivable faux pas, and frankly, pissed off a lot of fashion houses. Then he got it in his head he should sue Dior for wrongful termination making him persona fashion non grata.

Over the last two years Galliano has tried to smooth things over and get his career back on track. He has taken a temporary residency with Oscar de la Renta and HAD scored a job with Parson’ school of fashion design in New York. The key word being ‘had’.

The school, being of sound mind, and knowing their influence on youth in fashion, wanted Galliano to speak about his fashion design AND his actions in the world. Unfortunately being full of ego he still is having some ‘personal’ issues known as anti-Semitism, Galliano disagreed.

According to the Huffpost, a statement about the course by Parson’s said;

a candid discussion about the connection between his professional work and his actions in the world at large.” It said it canceled the workshop after the two sides couldn’t reach consensus on the conditions of the conversation.

A spokesman for Galliano didn’t immediately return a request for comment Wednesday.

Parson’s fired him and his fancy four day course and the rest is history.

In fashion we tolerate a large amount of crazy and terrible behavior. Sex, drugs, and runway are non-stop insanity and the people who make it happen are a bit ‘off’ as well. Being one of them I should know. We will not however tolerate racism, crimes against gays (they are our bread and butter) and religious hate.

Let’s hope Galliano learns to swallow is pride. It just cost him not only a job, but his reputation is beginning to ‘wear’ thin.

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