“He said, ‘You’re not a model right now, you’re an actress,’…the only difference between modeling and acting is that models have one second to tell a story and actresses have two hours.”
- Model Crystal Renn shares what Karl Lagerfeld told her during her first shoot for Chanel.
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“Like perpetually dieting designers, haute couture is definitely shrinking before our eyes. Oh, don’t be fooled by the giant lion at Chanel, which, depending on how you look at these things, is either an example of Karl Lagerfeld’s brilliant stagecraft or an advertisement for a new Disney restaurant chain. Most of the remaining half-dozen or so houses that show haute couture scaled down their presentations this week: a nip here, a tuck there and a PR man explaining in a hushed tone that the designer wanted to ‘return to couture’s roots.’... Unless you have been catching up on Gossip Girl reruns, national deficits and unemployment do not correlate with a couture dress that costs as much as a Harvard education. Couture is slipping off people’s radars faster than a U.F.O. “
- Fashion journalist Cathy Horyn pens the signs of couture’s death in The New York Times.
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—Fashion photographers Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin recently shot Daria Werbowy for Yves Saint Laurent. The pair explain the appeal of women like her and Raquel Zimmerman: they’re—gasp—women.
—Megan Fox impresses her boss Giorgio by wearing an Armani Prive dress for her wedding in Hawaii. The gown had a 16ft train and was surprisingly neither black nor red and was rather conservative compared to her usual red carpet fare.
—Karl Lagerfeld was seen strolling around Paris with Gossip Girl star Blake Lively, sparking rumors that the designer is to appear on the show. He is after
commercial domination, after all…
—Muse and couture collector Daphne Guinness was spotted hopping onto a motorcycle as she left Chanel’s couture fashion show yesterday. Yes, she wore shorts under her lavish, sparkling gown. Are you surprised?
—David Sims photographs Freja Beha Erichsen, Monika Jagaciak and Tati Cotliar for the Valentino Fall 2010 campaign. Continuing with the black-and-white trend, the women also tend to shed more clothes than usual in the series.
Chanel creative director Karl Lagerfeld took his inspiration from Russia for the Chanel Couture show in Paris yesterday.
Models walked down a specially created runway at the Grand Palais in the French capital - walking out of a lion holding a giant pearl - in shades of maroon, brown, white and pink.
Although not a huge departure from what Chanel is known for - classical, flattering cuts in various tweeds - it was a solid collection, with fur-trimmed collars and cuffs teamed with mid-calf boots and seeming inspiration taken from Faberge eggs. Waistlines were kept high and shoulders boxy, with arms billowing, and as the show progressed, sequins and ornate detailing came in abundance.
The final model to walk down the runway was Karl Lagerfeld’s male model of the moment Baptiste Giabiconi, who donned a lion’s head mask while wearing the style of suit favored by the German-born designer - a black trouser and blazer combination worn with a high-necked white shirt.
Others to put on shows yesterday include Givenchy, who provided a decadent and glamorous collection and Giorgio Armani Prive, who worked a serious and sexy business-like chic.
The new face of Chanel handbags, Vanessa Paradis, says French women inspire each other to be stylish.
The actress - who was raised in the suburbs of Paris - doesn’t think France’s capital is any more fashionable than other cities, it’s just that their way of life makes their clothes more accessible.
“I don’t think French women have more style. Maybe it’s because Paris is a city where you walk in. In America, everyone drives, and you cannot see what anyone is wearing when they are locked in a car. Here, everyone checks out each other. We communicate with clothes here more and, as a result, inspire one another.”
The 37-year-old beauty, who is a favorite of Karl Lagerfeld, also revealed how she has given up smoking to help stop the ageing process: “I quit smoking roll-ups, which helps enormously; that’s it. I do drink lots of water, though I like wine - Bordeaux.”
Partying in Cannes has given Lindsay Lohan a penchant for Chanel—so much that she wants the fashion house to decorate her alcohol-monitoring bracelet!
The actress has to wear the SCRAM device as part of the bail conditions imposed on her by a Los Angeles court but she isn’t a fan of how it looks and has pleaded with the French fashion house to custom-design it. The troubled star posted on her Twitter: “can CHANEL please help me out by getting me some stickers to put on my scram bracelet so that i can at least wear a chic dress?! maybe!? (sic).”
However, the SCRAM bracelet is not allowed to be tampered with and if Lindsay - who has her own fashion line - gets her wish, she could be thrown in jail. As part of her probation, which she was placed on following her second driving under the influence (DUI) conviction in 2007, Lindsay must wear the device at all times, even though her lawyer asked to have the restrictions changed because of her work.
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Diane Kruger thinks of Karl Lagerfeld as her “stepfather.”
The stunning actress has a very close relationship with the Chanel designer and says she loves working with him.
“He is like a stepfather to me. We’re very close - we just get on so well. He is a very curious person, he’s very interested in people in general. I’ve known him since I was 16-years-old, ever since I first started to model and he has always been so kind. We go way back. People have said I am his muse but I don’t think I’d call myself that. It’s not how I think of our relationship. That’s big. It’s hard to describe Karl, he really is one of a kind.”
The 33-year-old beauty loves Karl’s designs for Chanel because they are so classic: “What’s not to love about Chanel? It’s timeless, it’s chic. I don’t know many people that don’t like it. I love it.”
While she is a devoted Chanel fan, Diane is also an admirer of Calvin Klein and was recently announced as the new face of the fashion house’s latest fragrance, Beauty.
To me, Karl Lagerfeld can do no wrong. Case in point: he makes consumers want to buy washing machines.
The creative director of Chanel recently lent his modeling skills to French mail-order company 3 Suisses for their catalogue. He said of posing with the unconventional prop, “It is so chic and pretty. I would like to have one—not to wash clothes but to put in my dressing room to hold my dirty laundry.”
He also spoke of world domination…
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I guess looking like Coco doesn’t guarantee a lifelong gig with Chanel.
Lily Allen has been dropped as the face of the brand’s handbags. The “Not Fair” singer fronted an advertising campaign for the French fashion house’s Coco Cocoon bag last year, but her contract has now expired and won’t be renewed and has been replaced by Vanessa Paradis.
Karl Lagerfeld says Georgia Jagger is the perfect choice to model Chanel.
The creative director of the renowned fashion house was hugely impressed when the 18-year-old rising catwalk star modeled Chanel‘s Cruise 2010 Saint-Tropez collection in Cannes last week and thinks it is the start of successful working union.
He told Vogue UK, “Miss Jagger is the modern girl. She is the girl of today. There is a total identification between her and the clothes. They could be her clothes. She is totally at home in Chanel. And that fits in the pattern of what Saint-Tropez can represent, what it is not really and yet what it can inspire.”
Georgia - the daughter of Rolling Stones frontman Sir Mick Jagger and former model Jerry Hall - walked the catwalk in front of a star-studded audience, which included Vanessa Paradis, Diane Kruger and Lady Amanda Harlech.
The British Model of the Year also appears in the lookbook for the new collection.
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