In an industry that tosses around the word ‘iconic’, this man is genuinely a fashion icon. The infamy of his dark les sunglasses and his mantras like, “Vanity is the healthiest thing in life” perpetuate his mysterious persona. However, this mystery is what produces fashion phenomenon.
Recently on May 14, Karl Lagerfeld’s Chanel resort collection for 2013 was shown in the gardens and blazing sun of Versailles. As the sun set the show began enchanting guests the atmosphere was modern day edgy princess. Sounds a little weird, but Chanel is the epitome of (wealthy) bad girl chic. Even with an eighteenth century Marie Antoinette feeling to his line, there was still a little bit of edge to cut through the cake.
Models strutted out in platforms and black or candy colored wigs. The line was a mix of tiny pastel pannier dresses, golden eighteenth century jackets, and revamped denim and shorts. But clearly the message was voluminous bottoms. Short dresses, full skirts and trousers all had structuring that widened the hip.
This resort line is only one of six ready-to-wear lines that he designs for Chanel. He told WWD, “nothing is more boring than a shop where you have the same thing for six months”.
In addition to seven labels, Lagerfeld now is pursuing the online retail realm. His luxury fashion designer website, www.netaporter.com recently launched which carries high end designers like Burberry, Christian Louboutin, Gucci, Miu Miu and YSL.