There has always been something that fascinated me about Karl Lagerfeld. There are certain people out there who radiate something so special that it can not be described. What amazes me the most is his energy and creativity; the way he always manages to come up with something new. Karl Lagerfeld is a truly inspiring person.
His recognizable outfit is known worldwide. It’s impossible to imagine him without his black sunglasses, his neatly and tightly combed ponytail and his black leather gloves.
Mr. Lagerfeld is not just famous for being the creative director of Chanel, but also of Fendi, for his eponymous label Karl Lagerfeld as well as his collaboration with several brands such as H&M, Shu Uemura, Hogan, Melissa, Coca Cola, etc.
Last year he banded together with Carine Roitfeld to open “The Little Black Jacket” exhibitions all over the world. As an addition to his world-wide fame, in September earlier this year, he published his book called “The World According to Karl”.
Furthermore, he has been presenting the Metiers d’Art Fashion Shows, since 2002, in several cities such as Bombay, Moscow, Shanghai and few others. Couple of days ago, the Chanel Metiers d’Art Collection was also presented in Dallas. It is dedicated to the history of Coco Chanel and the renowned ateliers such as Lesage (I had the chance to visit it when I lived in Paris), Maison Michel and others that were acquired by Chanel since the 1980’s.
While I was watching this year’s pre-fall collection, I realized how good Karl actually is in creating dreams. In my opinion, there are not a lot of high-end fashion brands/designers who are able to do that to such a large extent. Other brands that might get close to doing that would probably be Christian Dior, Dolce Gabbana, Louis Vuitton and Valentino. Just to name a few.
At the same time the premiere of the short-movie “The Return” was presented. The 900 invited guests were welcomed by a built-to -fit-drive -in movie theater with seventy four vintage cars in front of four giant sreens. How cool is that? The movie starring Geraldine Chaplin as Coco Chanel is about the designer’s comeback to the fashion world in 1954, after a hiatus of 15 years, due to WWII. Her collection was not welcomed by the French; instead of that it was warmly embraced by Americans.
In 1957, Stanley Newman, who led luxury retailer Neiman Marcus in Dallas at that time, invited Chanel to receive the Neiman Marcus Award for Distinguished Service in the Field of Fashion.
The entire set up of the fashion show was spectacular, probably the most spectacular of the brand yet. A 19th century rodeo set, with a straw-strewn catwalk inside, was built in the Texas State fair and visited by many celebrities, such as Kristen Stewart – who is the new face of the collection, Lilly Collins, Zoe Kravitz, Alexa Chung and many others.
The collection itself was very cowboy chic with a hint of old-time romanticism.
It was characterized by Native-American prints, Cowboy bandanas and boots, knitwear pieces, jean jackets, ropes of Chanel pearls, classic quilted Chanel bags, pale Chiffon blouses, feathers, fringing, leather pants, ovsized fur sleeves, ostrich-feather coats etc.
Did you know that Mr.Karl is in charge of photographing Chanel’s campaigns and recording short-movies?
Is there something this man is not able to do?
Do not forget that the german designer is 80 years old!!