For the fashion fiends, the unspoken thought going around is that for some unknown reason, this round of fashion weeks seemed to drag…and drag. Today, Louis Vuitton, Miu Miu and Elie Saab are among the shows that mark the final day of Spring RTW 2013 Paris Fashion Week.
As part of the final few, Chanel and Alexander McQueen helped bring fashion week to a much-needed climax. The two very different houses can’t be compared to each other; however, in their own signature styles, they stood out and brought back all the warm, fuzzy fashion week feelings.
Karl Lagerfeld, the man of many talents, does it yet again. For Chanel RTW Spring 2013, Lagerfeld continues to raise the bar for himself and his fellow fashion designers who play in the same field, but may or may not have figured out the formula for greatness as he has. To reinvent Chanel would be disastrous, there’s no need to do so because Chanel is timeless. The challenge – that Lagerfeld accepts so well – is to continuously refresh the brand with each collection that speaks to the generations of women who adore Chanel for its past, present and future.
The Grand Palais des Champs-Elysées served as the venue of choice with a surreal blue and white runway complete with 13 giant white wind turbines to set the mood. The collection included over 80 looks, most of which were perfectly streamlined, complete with wide midriff jackets, corseted underpinnings, jumbo clustered pearl necklaces, and plenty of florals, prints and colors to choose from come spring and summer.
Sarah Burton continues to do right by Alexander McQueen with one captivating collection after the other. This time around, her inspiration was the bee, the flying insect that is quick to sting if it feels threatened. But to be stung by the Queen Bee is delightful in this scenario where Burton holds the keys to the honeycomb she describes as “a matriarchal society where the females rule.”
The honeycomb provided the shape for the form-fitting silhouettes that were anchored at the high waist. The bee made an appearance every now and then in embroideries. Colors were honey-toned yellow, gold, and copper with black and red to add the deep, dark depth that makes for the total Alexander McQueen experience. Underpinnings, cage- and corset-like, went in or went out, no restrictions in this regard.
Versailles, France – Dwellers of the fashion world gathered from near and far in the garden of the Chateau de Versailles for a show that only Mr. Karl Lagerfeld could produce.
Once the home of France’s Sun King, Louis XIV, the waterfalls of the estate were the perfect backdrop for the Chanel 2013 Resort Collection where Mr. Lagerfeld entertained the audience with pieces that inspired an “off with their heads” Victorian feel.
Ever the neutral politician, the timing for the show was ideal as the evening before, François Hollande was sworn in as the first French socialist president in 17 years. If there wasn’t a reason to celebrate, there is now.
For The Hunger Games fans out there, the collection would have every Capitol citizen, Effie Trinket being the first, in line to purchase the clothes right off the model’s backs!
To begin, the graveled runway burst with the playfulness of eighteenth-century jackets, corseted, ruffly dresses, fichu necklines and pastel patterns.
While we marveled at the detail used in the black and white pieces, it was the airy tiers of fabric enveloped in a shade of mint green that made this dress (far right) really steal the show.
Don’t fret men, the assortment included a little something for you as well. Check out the splashes of old world fantasy seen in the details of these cropped pants suits and also in the suit worn by Mr. Lagerfeld himself.
Chanel Resort 2013 may not be the most ready-to-wear, but its lighthearted charm and distinctive details certainly made it a pleasure to view.
Spring has sprung with a variety of milky pastels and neutrals ready and waiting to have a naughty fling with the bright colors from the forbidden side of the color wheel. Letting all the colors play together equals a stylish you.
Below, a little color-combo inspiration worth experimenting with for spring. From your fingers to your toes, these designers found the right balance between pastels and brights:
Pretty Purplesand Corals
Phillip Lim worked a soft, lime green into his RTW Spring 2012 Collection.
Cool Chocolate Confections
Diane von Furstenberg balanced light and dark chocolate with cool blues and warm neutrals.
Peaches and Cream and a Splash of Yellow at Chloé (left) and Prada’s Pastels Play with Bold Red and Black (right)
J. Crew’s Bright Yellow and Blue Try Lavender’s Calming Effects (left), Chanel’s Minty Structure Meets Playful Nude and Balenciaga Toughens Up with Metallics and Black
Held at Odeon, celebrities and guests gathered to take part in the festivities honoring the filmmakers and artists of tomorrow. Twitter was a-buzz at the sight of Kanye and Kim Kardashian side-by-side.
The “couple” hasn’t officially announced whether or not they are an item; but they’re not denying it either. Way to steal the spotlight Kimye, K-West, K-Dash-K or whatever.
The high-profile guest list also included stylish ladies Alexa Chung and Leelee Sobieski.
Now, and more importantly (hopefully), let’s discuss the details of the event…
The annual event, in its seventh year, honors filmmakers in the form of a display of original artwork contributed by acclaimed artists.
This year, the following contemporary artists donated a mix of paintings, photographs, etchings, prints and sculptures – Peter Dayton, Walton Ford, Stephen Hannock, JR, Kim Keever, Clifford Ross, Nathan Sawaya, Cindy Sherman, Hugo Tillman, Kara Walker, and Stanley Whitney.
The exhibit, which was free and open to the public from April 5-25, will be displayed at the Tribeca Film Festival Awards Ceremony this evening to the winners of the 2012 TFF jury competition.
I became a recruiter because … I love meeting new people, forming new relationships, and hearing what people want. I want to help individuals everyday who have the same love for fashion as I do; I get tremendous pleasure out of that.
Lately we’ve seen an increase in job descriptions that have become what we like to call “slash jobs.” Also known as wearing many hats, slash jobs entail more than your average bullet list of job requirements. To survive in today’s economy and remain relevant, one must be willing to branch out and be unafraid to dip your toes in pools outside your area of expertise.
Karl Lagerfeld is a good example as he’s got his toes in almost every pool possible. The man likes to dabble and we can respect that. He’s everywhere and he’s continuing to add value to his name, his work and his legacy.
Let us count the ways. Our top five favorite things that Karl Lagerfeld does:
1. Designer Turned Political Cartoonist
As of last Friday, March 2, French magazine Elle will publish a series of political cartoons by Mr. Lagerfeld. As the French presidential election approaches, this designer feels the need to send a message.
“L’Oeil de Karl” will be published every Friday until election time. The sketches will offer an unbiased slant on the political climate. The first sketch features each presidential candidate wrapped up in scarves in their party’s colors. The caption reads, “Couvrez vous bien et attention aux extinctions de voix.” This translates into the could-be subliminal message: “Wrap up warm and be careful not to lose your voice.”
2. Karl Lagerfeld for Hogan-Studded Glory
In 2010 Diego Della Valle, founder, president and chief executive of Tod’s, the company that owns Hogan, enlisted Mr. Lagerfeld to create a capsule collection with the intent of increasing brand awareness and visibility. The designer created a line of footwear for the spring/summer 2010 season and started a relationship with Hogan that continues today.
In his fourth collaboration with Hogan, he placed a personal touch on the Fall 2012 collection of Karl Lagerfeld for Hogan. This season he went to work on the original “Interactive” sneaker designed by Della Valle by adding embroidery, raised studs and paisley to the leather sneaks. The footwear was made to coordinate with the handbags and the outwear stayed true to the sparkles and studs vibe.
3. Karl.com-If Eponymous Needs To Be Used In A Sentence
Once you become so skilled in your craft that you can successfully launch your own online company, under your own name, doing what you’ve been doing for years, you’ve reached Mr. Lagerfeld’s level. Last month, Karl.com went live and so the world of Lagerfeld grew to offer product personally influenced by the man himself.
The new line, Karl, is available exclusively online and features apparel, footwear and accessories. Catering to the new breed of edgy, stylish and social media savvy clientele, Karl represents its namesake with street-couture designs and attainable luxury prices.
4. Chanel-Coco Would Be Proud
Of the many designer labels and couture houses, only Chanel can boast a heritage so glamorous and deeply committed to timeless fashion that it has stood the test of time and continues to thrive. At the helm of the house of Chanel stands Mr. Lagerfeld dressed in black, shades on, cut-off gloves intact and the infamous silver ponytail. Nothing more needs to be said as “Chanel” plus “Karl Lagerfeld” speaks volumes.
5. Fendi-In Case You Didn’t Know
Italian luxury defined: Fendi. What many may not realize is that the man behind the brand is none other than Mr. Lagerfeld. He joined Fendi as a designer in 1965, launched the house’s first ready-to-wear fur collection in 1969 and in 1977 he launched ready-to-wear collections for men and women.
Under his creative guidance, Fendi expanded its product line to include denim, fragrance, and gifts. Going strong for over 40 years, the partnership between house and designer remains a success. Fendi’s Fall 2012 RTW collection demonstrates the innovative and forward-thinking work of Mr. Lagerfeld. Futuristic silhouettes, luscious furs and supple leathers were structured in Fendi fashion with a couple of special touches made to be gazed upon.
For your never-ending, determination to impact and innovate the fashion world and beyond, Mr. Lagerfeld, we name you Employee of The Month. Congratulations.
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Favorite accessory: My time piece
If I could be an animal I would be: Dog for sure!
Dream vacation: Paris, France with someone special
Sweet or salty: SWEET
In my spare time I … Kickbox, dougie, and stalk people on Facebook
Fashion or Beauty Tip: The man makes the clothes
Favorite item in my closet:Louboutins and a little black dress
Restaurant I would recommend:Katz’s Deli on the LES (I’m such a Jew)
Favorite music artist/band: Old school hip-hop and classic rock
Favorite quote:“To me, Fearless is not the absence of fear. It’s not being completely unafraid. To me, Fearless is having fears. Fearless is having doubts. Lots of them. To me, Fearless is living in spite of those things that scare you to death.” ― Taylor Swift