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LAGERFELD CONFIDENTIAL. February 12, 2009

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Do you ever find out that you’ve missed something so important… so legendary, so monumental, that feel you nothing but shame at your own ignorance?  That’s how I feel right now.  I have been living in the dark. Unbekgnost to me, a documentary was made about Karl Lagerfeld in 2007 by Rodolphe Marconi.

 

Here is a summary of the documentary:

“For the first time, Karl Lagerfeld, the innovative designer who has ruled the House of Chanel for more than two decades, agreed to trust a director to create an artwork based on his life. After three years of crisscrossing the globe filming the outspoken icon, Rudolphe Marconi unveils the inner workings of the influential and enigmatic star.”

 

The DVD should be arriving in my mailbox any day now and I am just about dying with anticipation. An entire hour and a half of Karl…heaven.  I can only hope to be a wiser and more inspired person after I finish watching.

 

Here is a quote from the documentary I found online:

“I very much like the people in Houston, but I will not change in the pee-pee room of the Atlanta airport. I have to have a private jet,” – Karl Lagerfeld

I can only hope that Karl shares similar wisdom in the rest of the film.

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Karl speaks: bling is demode! January 29, 2009

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Clean out your hearts and your closets, people…Karl has spoken.   The UK telegraph recently ran a poignant article about Karl’s thoughts on fashion during the recession and he had some truly prolific things to say.  “Bling is over,” Karl declared. “I call it ‘the New Modesty’.”  According to the article,

This whole crisis is like a big spring housecleaning – both moral and physical,” the German-born Chanel designer told The New York Times. “There is no creative evolution if you don’t have dramatic moments like this. Red carpets covered with rhinestones are out.” Cutting back his own spending may not be a part of Lagerfeld’s strategy, but the implication for the rest of us is clear: where luxury was an attitude as much as a style of dress, we are to find a replacement in modesty.

So throw out your Bedazzler and break out those button-up collared shirts. It’s time for New Modesty.

 

Karl News Update: Karl to color/become a proper noun October 13, 2008

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Wonderful Karl news comes to us from British Vogue:

Karl has appplied his design talent to the 2009 edition of the lauded French illustrated dictionary Le Petit Larousse Illustré (Larousse Small Illustrated Dictionary) – joining the ranks of Christian Lacroix and comic book artist Moebius as designers who have lent their aesthetic vision to the tome in the past.

Lagerfeld’s love of books is well known – his personal library is reportedly the size of a ballroom – and for the cover of the annual book he has illustrated the original Larousse motif of a woman blowing the seeds of knowledge, otherwise known as La Semeuse. Lagerfeld’s Semeuse is clad in naught but a pair of blue, elbow length gloves.

The black case is adorned with a photo-realistic sketch of the man himself accompanied by the words “Habillé par Karl Lagerfeld” (“dressed by Karl Lagerfeld”) and, for the first time, Lagerfeld has joined Brad Pitt and Marion Cotillard in the dictionary’s proper noun section, reports WWD. The book is due for release on November 9.

 

Bunny Karl September 4, 2008

According to Highsnobiety.com, the Karl Lagerfeld Teddy Bear by Steiff, will be released in September at Neiman Marcus in New York and will go for above $1400 each. Who wants to buy me one?

 

More Deep Thoughts by Karl August 25, 2008

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Nymag ran this Karl update today about Karl’s profile in this past week’s Times’ Sunday magazine (which I missed, boo).

Things we learned from this article:

1. Karl buys his shoes a size too small cause he likes how it feels.

2. Karl doesn’t like stupid and/or smelly people: “Yesterday [at the Chanel couture show] I had a problem. I said, ‘I’m sorry, you’ve got to tell this woman that she needs to be taken away. Her smell is not possible.’”

3. Karl would never, ever, live in a dormitory with other people.

4. Karl lives in the here and now: “The worst thing is when friends say, ‘Remember the good old days?’ Forget about the good old days! That just makes your present second-hand. What is interesting is now. If you think it was better before, then you might as well commit suicide immediately.”

5. Karl is grumpy at himself: “I’m in a permanent bad mood with myself, thinking I could always do better, that there is more. It’s like there is this glass wall, and I can’t get through to the other side.”

6. Karl does not fear death: “If you ask me, death and deep sleep are the same thing.”

If Karl doesn’t fear death, neither do I…

 

Breaking News: Karl to Solve Housing Crisis July 10, 2008

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Thanks to Jezebel and Refinery 29 for breaking this piece of REVOLUTIONARY Karl news: “On Dubai’s Isla Moda (“Fashion Island”), Karl Lagerfeld is set to outdo himself again, designing 80 “limited edition” homes, each Chaneled to the hilt.”

From zawaya.com: Dubai, July 8th 2008: Fashion icon, Karl Lagerfeld has signed an exclusive deal with Dubai Infinity Holdings (DIH)…Lagerfeld is to design limited edition homes on Isla Moda, the world’s first dedicated fashion island, set in the iconic development, The World. This will be an exclusive collaboration between Dubai Infinity Holdings and Karl Lagerfeld across the GCC and India.”

The metamorphosis of art and beauty is my passion. The discovery of contemporary mediums of expression has allowed me to pursue my interest in art, beauty, architecture and progressive cultural exchange,” said Karl Lagerfeld.Dubai is a fashion bud on the verge of blossoming into the next fashion hub of the world. The city is alive with culture and rich in personality, making it a perfect place for aesthetic, fashion and design to flourish. Isla Moda has tremendous potential to be the style icon of the future and I intend on driving the island to high style stardom,” he added.

Note to self: start saving money for 30th birthday trip with Mallori to Fashion Island in Dubai.

More reading: http://www.zawya.com/Story.cfm/sidZAWYA20080708091518

http://pipeline.refinery29.com/news/chanelements_lagerfeld_solves.php

 

Demystifying the man, the legend: Karl Lagerfeld April 14, 2008

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If you know anything about fashion, or maybe if you just happen to be a connoisseur of humorous quotations, you’ve probably run across Karl Lagerfeld’s name more than once. And you’ve probably asked yourself, “who is this man? where does he come from, and why does he matter?” Well, let me tell you…he matters. In my humble opinion, it would not be an overestimation to deem Karl Lagerfeld (aka K to the L, the Lag, BMOC) “the single most important man of our generation”. So, it is with great pride that I announce to you, the world, my obsession with Karl Lagerfeld: a man whose talent, wisdom and overall greatness know no bounds.

A brief bio, photos and key quotations after the jump.

Who is KL?:

Largely due to a recent Jezebel article, I have become obsessed with the Lag. Although i like clothes, my love of fashion is restricted due to my relative poverty. As a result, my wardrobe is comprised largely of the following: 1/3: Bloomingdale’s, 1/3 Banana Republic, 1/3 Forever 21. Sad, but true. Still, I can admire fashion from afar and know enough that Karl Lagerfeld is a legend in the world of high-fashion (as Ty Ty would say). So, we get it: KL is a fashion legend. What else is he? A man of infinite wisdom…a man who does whatever the fuck he wants whenever he wants. A man who hates being touched, despises children, pities fat people and thinks the 90’s were boring. A man…who has a MOTHERFUCKING diet coke butler!

Wikipedia gives a decent condensed version of why he matters: “Karl Lagerfeld (born Karl Otto Lagerfeldt on September 10, 1933) is widely recognized as one of the most influential fashion designers of the late 20th century. He has collaborated with a variety of different fashion labels, most notably Chanel but also Chloé and Fendi. Furthermore, he owns several labels, which he launched in the early 1980s, in various industries including perfume and clothing.”

Little Known facts about KL:

  • “Lagerfeld is also famous for a dramatic transformation of his body, when he lost 42 kg (roughly 92.6 pounds) in 13 months. ‘I suddenly wanted to dress differently, to wear clothes designed by Hedi Slimane,” he said. “But these fashions, modeled by very, very slim boys—and not men my age—required me to lose at least 40 kg. It took me exactly thirteen months.’ The diet was created specially for Lagerfeld by Dr. Jean-Claude Houdret, which led to a book called The Karl Lagerfeld Diet.
  • Lagerfeld converted his 60,000 CD collection onto his arsenal of Ipods. As of December 2004, he owned roughly 70 iPods, scattered around the globe in his various residences.
  • Karl Lagerfeld is “Asexual”.

What are his most significant quotations?:

  • “If you attach no importance to weight problems, if not being able to wear new, trendy small-sized clothes does not cause you any regret, this book is not for you,” – foreword of his 2002 book, “The Karl Lagerfeld Diet”
  • That’s the last thing I want. I hate all children. For other people, it’s fine, but not for me. I was born not to be a family person”
  • “I live in certain isolation. I never take appointments in the morning. I leave my house only after lunch. I don’t want to have a social life. I’ve had enough of that in my life. It’s demode. It’s another era. Perhaps people are still excited by that era, but not me. It’s uninteresting today. It says nothing. It’s boring, pretentious and vulgar.”
  • “Even for charity, people get paid. I try to avoid charity. It doesn’t happen for me. I’m rich enough not to have to do that. Thank God I don’t have to do that. I do a lot of unnecessary things for free, but I’m very much against that. Money itself isn’t interesting, the use of it is.”
  • “Also I cannot go on airlines because people stare at me, you have to be touched by people. I hate that…I hate bespoke because I hate to be touched by strangers. It bores me to death.”
  • “I’m a computer by myself. I have a memory also for unnecessary things. Telephone numbers are a problem, but historical details are not.”