Come August 31st, Karl Lagerfeld will be launching his design campaign with Macy's, one of the world's leading department stores. It may seem a little odd that the King of unique and extravagant (and extremely expensive) fashion is teaming up with a store that is known for its affordable, mainstream merchandise. However, after seeing a preview of what Lagerfeld's new line entails, we think that it is a match made in fashion Heaven. Lagerfeld has a very good sense of what America wants, which allows him to push the lines just enough. Lagerfeld's designs for Macy's are wearable, budget-friendly, and extremely fashionable (of course).
In a recent interview with Virgine magazine, designer Azzedine Alaia bluntly slammed Vogue Editrix Anna Wintour. He claims that she runs Vogue like a business, and although she runs it well, he claims that she neglects 'the fashion part.' He also makes a point to mention that while she scares everyone, he scares her, and he couldn't care less if she features his designs in Vogue. Here's an excerpt from the interview of what he had to say about Anna Wintour:
"She runs the business (Vogue) very well, but not the fashion part. When I see how she is dressed, I don't believe in her tastes one second. I can say it loudly! She hasn't photographed my work in years even if I am a best seller in the U.S. and I have 140 square meters at Barneys. American women love me; I don't need her support at all. Anna Wintour doesn't deal with pictures; she is just doing PR and business, and she scares everybody. But when she sees me, she is the scared one. [Laughs.] Other people think like me, but don't say it because they are afraid that Vogue won't photograph them. Anyway, who will remember Anna Wintour in the history of fashion? No one."
Among the racks of Opening Ceremony, a downtown shop known for its mix of contemporary and classic styles, you will find a selection of young contemporary designer's pieces hanging beside pieces from established design veterans. Including Proenza Schouler, Rachel Comey, Mary Ping, Rodarte, Alexandre Herchcovitch, Lutz, Hussein Chalayan, Mario Schwab, Topshop and Vlas Blomme. Opening Ceremony puts a strong emphasis on eclectic and artistic pieces featuring one-of-a-kind vintage finds and hand-picked items from open-air markets. They also launched an ongoing design collaboration with Chloe Sevigny, containing pieces inspired by nostalgia, thrift-stores, and music.
It seems that when Karl Lagerfeld isn’t photographing and defending Blake Lively, he’s designing Diet Coke bottles. His last collaboration with Diet Coke produced the beyond-chic platinum, black, and pink bottles, graced with Lagerfeld’s silhouette. Now, Lagerfeld is on to the followup collection, which are equally praise-worthy.
Remember a few months ago when Blake Lively became the official “It” girl of Hollywood? Not only was she the reigning Queen of the Upper East Side, but she was on the cover of Allure, Marie Claire, Vanity Fair, and literally every other glamorous high fashion magazine. She was also awarded not one, not two, but three Vogue covers, and became BFF’s with Vogue Editor-in-Chief Anna Wintour practically overnight. But perhaps her biggest claim to fame was the announcement that Blake herself would be the face of Chanel Mademoiselle Handbags this Spring. (Did we mention that her biggest fan is none other than Karl Lagerfeld?!)
With the entire fashion industry at her disposal, you may think that the Chanel representative's next step will be to start a celebrity clothing label. Wrong. In an interview given to WWD, she talks about her career and her plans for the future.
“I do plan to open a few restaurants one day. I will be the chef, I will create the menus, I will decorate,” she says, rattling off plans to do a brunch place first, then one dishing up Southern cuisine, followed by world food."
And what about the fashion?
Like Natalie Portman in Black Swan, the virginal White Swan, Nina Sayers, breaks from reality as she becomes the Black Swan. That is what Chanel’s spring 2011 show was-a break from reality. Lagerfeld displayed a magnificent dreamlike struggle between principal and style that was clearly intertwined within the fibers of his fashions. Vexing but coy, the collection flirted with boldness in its sequined leggings, spiderweb embroidery, and luxe chiffon's. The models were more than just pretty faces wearing ballet flats, they were walking canvas’s of Lagerfeld’s latest masterpiece.
Countdown...10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2 ,1 Happy New Year!!!!
I would like to start this year out with a little known fact in fashion demographics. You got your kids, your juniors (ages 15-24), men's, women's and so forth. Although identifying with a sex and body type is hard enough, now you've got to factor in your age when it comes to picking out that perfect ensemble for a night out on the town. Now, I'm not saying that once a person reaches a certain age that he or she must surrender to the younger fashionistas and dashing gents of this millennium and fade into obliivion, but what I am saying is this. It is at that moment you must take your style into your own hands and listen to the Great Stylist from Beyond (the GSB).
(1) Season 4 will begin by saying goodbye to New York and bonjour to PARIS! There have already been multiple sightings of stars Blake Lively, Leighton Meester and Ed Westwick while filming in Paris, and they appear to be taking the city’s fashion scene by storm. Lively’s wardrobe has been especially Parisian-chic; she has been seen wearing a ruffled emerald green Haute Hippie dress, electric blue Tibi cropped pants with a metallic Emilio Pucci blazer, and a shimmery Georges Chakra couture dress, which she stylishly dressed down with a gray blazer and oxford flats. LOVE!
Curiousity killed the cat through an adventure Midtown to visit a Saks Fifth Avenue and Whitney Museum's Young Designer Celebration; hosted by Chanel Iman, Amanda Hearst, Devon Aoki, Magherita Missoni, Valerie Boster, Martin Dawson and Daria Oberlander. What started off as a slow evening turned to be the best time to observe the exclusive dresses designed by Prabal Gurung, Christian Cota, Erdem Moralioglu, Doo.Ri Chung, Roberto Rimondi, Marios Schwab and Tommaso Aquilano - some of whom were in attendance. Doo.Ri, who designed a stellar blue flared hem frock with a stunning white & black polka dot bow strap, won the honors of dressing host Chanel Iman. As the arriving crowd danced to violins played over trendy deejay sets, plenty gasped at the craftsmanship and beauty of Christian Cota’s phenomenal cage dress, Erdem’s floral sensation and Prabal’s black and white contrast achievement by way of a cocktail dress. 17 dresses were designed in total by the designers, with many of their pricetags climbing into the four figure range; Cota’s cage masterpiece was priced at $3,950, while Erdem’s floral pieces began at $700. Guilt over the hefty cost was not an issue, however, as 10 percent of purchases will benefit the Whitney Museum of American Art.
Also in attendance was Fern Mallis, who recently stepped down as global ambassador of IMG and the face of Mercedes Benz Fashion Week. Mallis will begin her own firm Fern Mallis LLC, with IMG Fashion as her first client.
Earlier in the afternoon Passion Style PR invited editors and stylists to preview the Fall 2010 collections of a plethora of designers; including Philippe Audibert, Hernan Lander, Marie Saint Pierre, Max et Moi and Mirjana Scepanovic. Attendees enjoyed Philippe’s ethnic beauty of jewelry, Max et Moi’s subtle glamour and Hernan’s edgy aesthetic attempts. Passion Style welcomes all patrons of fashion, press and media to their annual party June 10th; guaranteed to be a memorable event.
Heidi Slimane has created a memorial on his site for the late model Ambrose Olsen, who hung himself last week; Christian Siriano is rumored to be dressing Melania Trump for Monday’s Met Ball; Karl Lagerfeld is expected to attend New Yorks Fashion Week for an award ceremony and Fashion’s Night Out; Charitybuzz.com’s week at Vogue auction closed at $42,500; Michael Kors follows Calvin Klein’s Francisco Costa, saying young models are a turnoff. “I think if you send out an army of robotic 14-year-old children dressed up in their mom's clothes, I think the reality is that it's a turnoff, unless you are in fact a robotic 14-year-old.”; Naomi Campbell will visit The Oprah Show Monday, where it’s rumored she will sign a “No Throwing Cell Phone” pledge; Oscar De La Renta talks about the slack in couture saying, "Couture has become completely irrelevant, Couture isn’t necessary, even to promote the brand. Customers are smart. They know that a $10,000 wedding dress will look as beautiful as a $1 million wedding dress. Maybe it will not be finished the same way inside, but who will know?"