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LBJ rivals LBD

Posted: June 20, 2012 by jerkmag in TRIM -- style
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The Little Black Dress.  Essential to the completion of every girl’s wardrobe. First written into the rules of fashion by Coco Chanel in the 1920’s the LBD quickly vanquished the closets filled with frilly embellished gowns.

Vogue published a photograph of Chanel’s short simple black dress, comparing it to the Model T—‘Chanel’s Ford’ they wrote.  Just like the car, the dress was also a symbol of simple elegance accessible to all social classes.  The LBD was the uniform for all women of taste.

Karl Lagerfeld, the brain behind Chanel, and Carine Roitfeld, previous editor of Vogue Paris, are focused on The Little Black Jacket.  Lagerfeld and Roitfeld are publishing “The Little Black Jacket: Chanel’s Classic Revisited” which is due to release later this summer.  The book features famous personalities from Sarah Jessica Parker and Dakota Fanning to Elizabeth Olsen and Yoko Ono donning the LBJ.

Although it may not steal the spotlight it is very much an equal of the LBD.  Relied upon like a solid pair of jeans or the perfect leather boots the Little Black Jacket must have a place in your closet.

-Sara Freund

Cholé, 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