Love this short film that Karl Lagerfeld directed starring Keira Knightley as Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel. If you’re a Chanel fan, you’ll probably love this although for those who aren’t you might still enjoy it. I love the cast of models included in this as we so barely hear models speak. It’s a treat! Hope you enjoy this and happy Friday! 🙂
The 17 minute film, conceived, written and directed by fashion’s king Karl Lagerfeld depicts the oh-so-glamourous life of French Riviera hot spot St.Tropez and the fabulous lives of the people who inhabit it.
Shown at the launch of Chanel’s highly sought after 2011 cruise collection, we’re convinced that this has to be the best looking film EVER made. The film features a ridiculously impressive array of Karl’s Chanel supermodel clan including Elisa Sednaoui, Baptiste Giabiconi, Freja Beha Erichsen, Abbey Lee Kershaw, Heidi Mount and Leigh Lezark.
Filled with the world’s most beautiful people, the short film is a heady mix of dancing, partying, high fashion and intrigue. Not to mention another string to KL’s monochrome bow.
*article taken from here*
Definitely love the clothes! Leigh Lezark also looks good playing Coco Chanel!
The boxed set is currently on sale at colette. Luxury cola, anyone?
PARIS — Like a box of macaroons projected into cyberspace, the Chanel show on Tuesday played soft and citrus pastels against streamlined silver to make a strangely beautiful show.
“Neon baroque” was Karl Lagerfeld’s pithy take on the contrast that his pallid palette and frothy surfaces had with the pillars of neon strip lights around the set.
This feeling of a Mozartian world re-located to the moon was reinforced by the finale of a beau, clad in a shiny silver suit, escorting the bride.
The imaginative idea, the fastidious workmanship and the ethereal lightness should have made this show a stunner. Yet it left a quieter impression of beauty, delicacy and wonder at the craftsmanship.
There was something that was not quite in harmony, especially with the daytime clothes. The famous Chanel suit, edged with silver and shown with culottes trimmed in tulle, looked fine standing still, but too much like ungainly shorts in motion. Simple dresses with the bouffant hair gave a weird flashback to the 1960s.
The collection worked best in its gossamer evening loveliness and in its details, from the neon-light necklaces to silver boots with curved heels to the chrome half-gloves — a fetish of Mr. Lagerfeld himself. For a designer who is recognized for his pony tail, he gave the models extraordinary hair, each side as full as an 18th century wig, with a bow nesting at the front.
Like Chanel’s all-white collection of a year ago, Mr. Lagerfeld said the vision of silver flashing across watery colors had come to him in a dream. Not a single black dress, Coco Chanel’s classic invention, walked the runway, although a bold black necktie, its ends dangling as loose ribbons over a slim white dress, had Mr. Lagerfeld’s graphic spirit.
Mostly the designer suppressed his skill as a fashion architect and turned decorator. The ornament was extraordinary, yet it was a column of a dress suspended from a silvered shoulder line, rather than the fragile multi-embellished dresses that marked the collection. And even to someone arriving from the moon, the show immediately was recognizable as haute couture.
Giorgio Armani’s theme was la luna — the moon. It curved like a newborn on the backdrop, shone its eerie silvered light on fabrics, wrapped its half-roundness at hips and waists and glowed over all the accessories at the Armani Privé collection.
“Why the moon? Because it is romantic,” the designer said backstage, after he had opened the collection with a compass twirl at the side of a suit skirt, the lightly quilted jacket often closed with a pin in the shape of a new moon.
Keeping the colors to pre-dawn streaks, Mr. Armani used a palette of palest pink, icy blue and a silvered ivory, with the starry surface of a night sky twinkling from the lamé of a midnight blue gown.
The vision was almost too graphic — as though a compass, rather than a flexible human hand, had drawn a jacket collar, a circular cape jacket or an un-furling dress. There were faint echoes of Pierre Cardin’s early experiments of half a century ago, not least because the Privé collection included hyper-modern fabrics.
But Mr. Armani was true to his own vision and the success he has made of this upper-end Privé line, introduced in 2005, was evident in the audience — not just the stars like Anne Hathaway and Tina Turner but in the ranks of clients.
Each single piece, extracted from the moon river curling down the runway, was less obviously part of a theme and more a useful and wearable item. True to his aesthetic, the designer showed trousers, which are so rare on couture runways, teaming them perhaps with a shapely peplum jacket.
The slender evening dresses with their gleaming surfaces seemed a little other worldly, but perfect for the red carpet and for getting across a message of shimmering glamour and of high-end clothes that are the lunar opposite of the multitude of practical, sporty Armani lines.
*article taken from NY Times here*
The Karl Lagerfeld bear that was launched in Fall 08 is currently now on sale for $989 at Neiman Marcus. The bear originally retails for $1,500. It is a limited edition item and only 2,500 of it was made to be sold worldwide.
The limited edition Karl Lagerfeld Steiff bear includes:14.5″H bear with jointed limbs, constructed of the finest alpaca wool. A miniature outfit designed in collaboration with Karl Lagerfeld, including black denim jeans, flannel jacket, white shirt, Swarovski® crystal-studded silken tie, leather belt with Swarovski® crystal-studded KL buckle, and tailor-made leather boots. Miniature sunglasses in the style Karl Lagerfeld himself wears. Special black-and-white gift box with KL and Steiff logos.Scribble of the bear, drawn and signed by Karl Lagerfeld.
What do you think? Overrated? To me, definitely yes! For that amount of money, I would be better off buying a piece of costume jewelry or a small leather good from Chanel or a vintage/pre-loved Chanel bag of the ‘bay. Don’t get me wrong though, I’m sure there are people out there, the collectors who would definitely purchase the bear but just not me! Heh.
And here’s my outfit for the day in earthy colors…
Top: Banana Republic
Skirt: Thrifted from Uganda
Shoes: Gift from Uganda as posted here
Necklace: Gift from a charity event
Bag: Marc Jacobs Palais Royal flat case