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Chanel spring ad in Vogue magazine, March 2019.

When I heard about the death of designer Karl Lagerfeld earlier this week, I was surprisingly sad. I say surprisingly because, well, frankly, I wasn’t a fan of him as a person. I have read and listened to many an interview with Mr. Lagerfeld and he always struck me as a bit harsh. Still, I admired his talent and the loss of such to the fashion industry is palpable.

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Joan Collins dons a Chanel wool jacket, 1994. Marie Claire magazine, UK edition. Instantly recognizable as Chanel and yet quite different. 

Mr. Lagerfeld, born in 1933, shifted into celebrity status when in the early 1980s he took over the house of Chanel and turned what had become a stodgy label known mostly for its perfume, Chanel No. 5, which had declined in quality and was available at the corner drug store, into a global designer must-have.

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How appropriate that that final season of Karl Lagerfeld at Chanel includes  finger-less gloves, which was an essential part of his personal uniform.

What impressed me was his ability to take vintage Chanel – the suit, the fabrics, the handbags, the jewelry – and reinvent them time and time again. I always enjoyed the full page ads in fashion magazines each season showing yet another new Chanel look that STILL referenced classic Chanel. Perhaps it was a more edgy silhouette for the suit, a shorter hemline, or new bright colors used for the iconic tweed fabric. I particularly loved his use of frayed tweed. He often showed hats and gloves somehow making them hip instead of dowdy. His creativity was endless.

So, I tip my hat to Karl Lagerfeld for his amazing talent and I thank him for his unique contributions to fashion and style. Like Chanel, the Lagerfeld influence will live on.

 

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I also love the Korean alphabet. It’s like … cubism. Very graphic!

Karl Lagerfeld – German fashion designer for Chanel.

This quote is from Korean Inspired, an essay Lagerfeld wrote for Couture Korea – the catalog accompanying the fashion exhibit of the same name at the San Francisco Asian Art Museum, November 3, 2017-February 4, 2018.

Lagerfeld is among a few western designers inspired by the traditions of Korea. His 2016 Chanel Cruise collection showed in Seoul, South Korea and included many Korean motifs, such as embroidery and bojagi (traditional wrapping cloth).

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The Korean alphabet is called hangul and I agree with Lagerfeld – each letter is very graphic. Isn’t it interesting that when you don’t know the language, the letters are just shapes and therefore take on a different quality.

While looking at fabric in Seoul, I was drawn to a cotton printed with hangul. Although at the time I had no idea what I’d do with it, I bought two yards and had fun pondering how to use it.

Now I know! A jacket with top stitching in brick red. When I travel I often buy fabric and make or have something made as a memento from my travels.

Stay tuned for the finished hangul jacket.

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Animal rights activists from the Brigitte Bardot Foundation protest Lagerfeld's use of fur.

Animal rights activists from the Brigitte Bardot Foundation protest Lagerfeld’s use of fur.

It was my way of highlighting Karl Lagerfeld’s incoherence – he bends over backwards for his cat but doesn’t care an ounce for all the animals sacrificed for his collections, for this most futile and vulgar of fashions. Fur is not luxury: it is an industry of death and suffering. We must boycott fur coats, as well as all the accessories. It is unbelievable that in 2015 this is something we have to fight for, when it really should be obvious to all.

Brigitte Bardot, French actress and animal rights activist.

Ms. Bardot is speaking about the open letter she sent to Karl Lagerfeld’s cat after the designer’s all fur collection for Fendi at the recent Paris couture fashion shows.

(I love the fact that Ms. Bardot turned the tables on Lagerfeld by doing what he does and use his cat as a marketing tool.)

Thank you, Ms. Bardot for shaming Lagerfeld and for bringing this important issue to worldwide attention.

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Image by Karl Lagerfeld in celebration of CHANEL in Japan.

Speaking of Karl Lagerfeld – he is a busy bee heading to Tokyo in March for three events:

  • reprising the CHANEL winter couture show
  • opening a CHANEL pop-up shop
  • mounting an exhibition celebrating the CHANEL tweed jacket

The exhibition is a collection of 100 photos from the upcoming book – The Little Black Jacket – by Lagerfeld and stylist, Carine Roitfeld (Steidl, 2012). The photos were taken by the multi-talented Lagerfeld and features celebrities sporting CHANEL’s LBJ. Included in the lineup are: Uma Thurman, Sarah Jessica Parker, Claudia Schiffer, and Yoko Ono.

Did you know that Lagerfeld had published many photography books? Click here for a list.  

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Wine label by Karl Lagerfeld.

Fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld lent his artist’s brush recently to the French winery Château Rauzan-Ségla. Well, it could be considered a favor for a relative since CHANEL purchased the winery back in 1994.

Lagerfeld designed the bottle’s label in honor of the Château Rauzan-Ségla 350 year anniversary and to celebrate a particularly fine 2009 vintage.  A rendering of the Chateau, the label is sure to be a unique collectible and at a mere $129 a bottle it’s one semi-affordable designer label.

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