Posts Tagged ‘Chanel’

CholĂ©, Chanel, Fendi—they all sound familiar right? What about Karl Lagerfeld?  Due to his low profile, many outside the fashion world have no idea that this is the man behind the most iconic brands.

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.

-Sara Freund

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Fashion is often criticized for its lack of diversitywhether it be on the runways or off. That reputation is well-earned when considering the absence of people of non-European descent in the industry. Models are often an easy way to gauge race representation simply because the backgrounds and origins of the models are known and it is easily quantitative.

Considering the end of the year is approaching, every industry attempts to quantify its successes, failures and advances. In fashion, those lists consider the best looks of the year, the most notable moments, the best and worst trends, emerging talents and controversies. Recently, while stumbling upon one of these lists on Fashionista, the topic was diversity among Vogue cover models.

According to the site, “22 percent of Vogue cover subjects were non-white,” which only points to the fact that the other 78 percent were occupied by white models. And it gets worse: amongst the 22 percent, the majority were of non-European or American Vogue editions. Therefore, most non-white cover models were featured on their country’s editions of Vogue (India, China, Taiwan, etc.). Great.

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The Kardashians are fashion; they get it. You can tell this by the presence of Khloé on E!’s Fashion Police (the ultimate in fashion authorities), Kim’s constant presence at fashion shows and collaborative lines and now through their handbag collection. They’re untouchable.

Well, one of the funny things about being a deity in virtually all fashion design (shoes, bags, garments, accessories, you name it) is critique. Being at the top means you have a lot of haters.

One of my favorite segments on Fashionista.com is the “Adventures in Copyright.” The staff will usually bring up copyright claims where lawsuits have been filed or simply just instances of intense ‘inspiration.’ This week, they noticed an incredible similarity between the new Kardashian bag collection and bags from other less notable brands like Balenciaga, YSL, Celine and Chanel. Obviously, the issue here is that these brands have been too intensely inspired by Kim and the gang.

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