An Ode to Karl Lagerfeld

Karl Lagerfeld by Cynthia Bifani

Karl Lagerfeld may not be liked by people that do not understand his genius. He is blunt, direct, sometimes borderline rude, but he is a multi-talented octogenarian who looks 50. He makes breath-taking clothes, he has been in the industry for somewhat 60 years, makes about  and his net worth is $125 million dollars. He is a designer, illustrator, photographer and philanthropist. He might be quite controversial as a human being, but he is a veteran of the fashion industry and we salute him.

Photographer: Karl Lagerfeld / Fashion Editor: Amanda Harlech / Sittings editor: Joanna Hillman / Model: Lindsey Wixson / Illustration: Cynthia Bifani

armani

Armani Couture

Chanel

Chanel Couture

Dior haute couture

Dior Haute Couture

Giambatista Valli

Giambatista Valli Couture

shiaparelli

Shiaparelli Couture

Valentino

Valentino Couture

Mary Katrantzou x Adidas in the spotlight

Mary Katratzou RTW Fall 2014

As you may probably know, Mary Katrantzou is teaming up with Adidas to translate her magnificent prints into sportswear.

The London designer has indeed signed up to create capsule collection of clothes and footwear for the Adidas originals women’s collection for autumn 2014 that could be described in three words: iconic, hyper-colourful, and kaleidoscopic in its patterns.

‘I grew up, like so many other kids around the world, wearing Adidas trainers and I’m really excited about bringing my vision to such a global brand,’ says Katrantzou. ‘They have a fantastic heritage and their ability to innovate in sportswear makes them the perfect partner for us to work with in this market.’ – via ELLE

Her exceptional talent will open the doors for her to an exclusive club of designer who have previously collaborated with Adidas in the past, from the likes of Pharrell Williams, Raf Simons, Topshop and Stella McCartney.

Pixie Geldof, Mary Katrantzou, Miroslava Duma and Nick Night on the panel of Fashion, Beauty and the Digital Revolution at the Vogue Festival

Pixie Geldof, Mary Katrantzou, Miroslava Duma and Nick Night on the panel of Fashion, Beauty and the Digital Revolution at the Vogue Festival

I have had the privilege of watching the designer talk at the Vogue Festival, and she is just as funny and pleasant as she is talented. She was discussing the digital revolution and social media with Miroslava Duma, Pixie Geldof and Nick Night and she made quite a few valid points when it comes to the still complicated social media platforms and her increasing levels of exposure, which will only grow higher once the collaboration with Adidas hits the stores.

mary katrantzou and mira duma vogue festival

Mary Katrantzou and Miroslava Duma at the Vogue Festival

Just like posting a picture of Miroslava Duma wearing a nylon dress on Instagram increased her sales numbers for that particular dress, as she revealed at the Vogue Festival, we can only expect a bigger market – one less interested in couture maybe? – to be interested in her work.

This collaboration might single handedly bring back sportswear. Will you sport the new collection? (puns puns!)

Monday comic relief: Suzy Menkes

suzy menkes fashion cartoonist

 

Suzy Menkes has been one of my favourite fashion writers since I discovered her column in the New York Times. “The Circus of Fashion” was an article that really resonated with me and I’ve been following her articles ever since I wrote my opinion about it on the blog. This cartoon made me laugh as it only made me think about her funky hair. I hope it worked for you all as well.

Cartoon drawn by Fashion Cartoonist.

The “Full Black Look” rules

“Women think of all colors except the absence of color. I have said that black has it all. … [Its] beauty is absolute. It is the perfect harmony.” – Coco Chanel

all black look

Black makes everyone look amazing. It all started with the invention of the “Little Black Dress” by Coco Chanel in the 1920s. Chanel wore all black with long pearls often and believed that black would strip women from the artifice of body swallowing colours, fabrics, feathers in all their extravagance. It is therefore far from a surprise that the “Full Black Look” is still embraced by highly fashionable people around the fashion world and sported by celebrities on the streets and on the red carpet.

Black is elegant, black is chic and slimming. Black looks good with all hair colours and all skin tones and looks just as good on women that it does on men. Getting dressed in the morning is instantly easier and accessorizing is a breeze. On the other hand, black can easily turn to boring or unappealing and you could just end up blending into the background than shining in the foreground.

all black look

These 5 rules will easily help you with keeping your “Full Black Look” interesting, fashionable and fit for all aspects of your life. It’s in vogue, and easy to emulate, so there is no reason why you shouldn’t embrace it.

1. Vary the fabrics and textures. Nothing looks more mundane than an all-black cotton outfit.

2. On the fabric note, make sure the fabric selection is season appropriate. A black wool dress will look fabulous in the fall, but out-of-place during the summer. Silk and linen make it easier to pull off the all-black look during the warmer months.

3. Don’t be afraid to play with dimensions and contrast in relation to fit. A large top will always look good with tight jeans or leather tights.

4. Add interest with accessories. Bold, colorful jewelry becomes the statement piece of your outfit. For me, a massive necklace usually does the trick

5. Make your outfit more dressy or casual with the simple change of lipstick color. A LBD can go from day (with a light pink lip stain) to-night (with a bold, deep red lip) seamlessly.

6. The same goes for shoes; a flat playful shoe keeps the outfit fresh and easy-going, whereas a sexy stiletto gives to outfit a fit-for-night boost.

7. A camel or coloured coat will finish up your look seamlessly during the cold winter.

Now feel free to emulate Chanel or Audrey Hepburn, and know you will look good whatever happens. Here are a few inspiration images for you to go through.

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all black look

all black look
all black look

all black look

all black look

all black look

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all black look

all black look

all black look

all black look

L’Wren Scott found dead in her New York apartment

L'wren Scott death

The New York Daily News issued a report this afternoon that the 47-year-old long-time partner of the Rolling Stones frontman was found hanged inside the eighth floor apartment at 200 Eleventh Avenue in Manhattan by her assistant at around 10 am. The official said no note was found and there was no sign of foul play. It has been reported that she texted her assistant to come over to the apartment just before she died. Earlier this year, Scott cancelled her AW14 show at London Fashion Week after production delays meant that key items would not be made in time for the show.

Bianca Jagger, Sir Mick’s first wife, tweeted: “Heartbroken to learn of the loss of the lovely and talented L’Wren Scott. My thoughts and prayers are with her family. May she rest in peace”

“This is a horrible and tragic loss,” said Madonna. “I’m so upset. I loved L’Wren’s work and she was always so generous with me.”

Bette Midler tweeted: “Just got news of the beautiful L’Wren Scott’s death perhaps by her own hand. I am devastated. A rare, wonderful, talented soul. Goodbye.”

As for Mick Jagger, his spokesman confirmed the death, saying he was “completely shocked and devastated” following the news.

Police are treating it as a suicide, although the medical examiner has yet to determine an official cause of death and we wish her family and friends our deepest condolences during this hard time.

Eye candy

As I spend most of my day surfing the web, I end up finding images that really speak to me – you know the kind of pictures that end up taking space on your desktop, because you’re not really sure what to do with them, but that you cannot make yourself delete. Well I am going to share those images with you more often as a type of cataloguing and as an offering of eye candy.

Haggerston

Haggerston

lupita nyong'o 's dress at the Oscars made out of Playdoh

lupita nyong’o ‘s dress at the Oscars made out of Playdoh

Scene from "Breathless" (1960)

Scene from “Breathless” (1960)

Gareth Pugh AW 2014

Gareth Pugh AW 2014

Ulyana Sergeenko

Ulyana Sergeenko

Diana Vreeland in her home

Diana Vreeland in her home

Organised still life shoot

Organised still life shoot

Autumn Winter 2014 Statement shoes

Every girl dreams of shoes. It’s mad the lust we have towards things we can only wear on our feet. They hurt like hell, they’re uncomfortable, but they are so, so – oh so – pretty! The statement shoe has already been on the forefront of the trends for a few seasons, and this year it is still very much present, even though the flat boyish styles have also been a major hit. I can only wear the comfortable ones as my feet are very sensitive, so I usually lust for the things that are just absolutely impractical, just because they are THAT beautiful.

Here are my favourite looks. Enjoy and lust after these jewels, especially if, just like me, they are far out of reach. So if the shoe fits…

cushnie et ochs aw 14

Cushnie Et Ochs

angelo marani aw14

Angelo Marani

richard nicoll aw 14

Richard Nicoll

Diane von furstenberg aw14

Diane Von Furstenberg

Sophia Webster aw 14

Sophia Webster

Sophia Webster aw 14

Sophia Webster

bottega veneta aw14

Bottega Veneta

marco de vincenzo aw14

Marco de Vincenzo

dsquared2 aw14

DSquared2

Versace aw14

Versace

Sophia Webster

Sophia Webster

Robert Clergie

Robert Clergie

pierre hardy

Pierre Hardy

miu miu

Miu Miu

giuseppe zanotti

Giuseppe Zanotti

charlotte olympia

Charlotte Olympia