Karl Lagerfeld had a very particular drinking habit: he did not drink coffee or tea, and almost never drank water because it does not have taste, his favourite drink was as vulgar as that of a teenager living in Tokyo or Paris: Pepsi Diet Coke Max. But unlike the teenagers, he drank it in a crystal glass of Lalique, and his favourite glass model Langeais cost about 250 euros, which could buy more items Han 300 cans of Pepsi Max.
And when the soda was not poured for him in Lalique, the can would be carried carefully by one of his assistants on a silver platter.
Even the most elegant people could have some vulgar taste, but with some personal touch, it can be transformed into something much more elegant.
It is easy to say “I want to travel around the world”, particularly in our time when it has never been easier to travel from one place to another. But between two destinations, not everything is as amicable as traveling itself, the long waiting line, the bad traffic and loud noises, the omnipresent fluorescent lamps, but most annoying or even humiliating aspect of traveling, is the security control. It is necessary for everyone’s security including yours, but never pleasant.
Most of people just accept it as part of traveling experience, but not Karl Lagerfeld. He had stopped flying commercial airlines for almost 20 years, so he would never need to take off his belt, his gloves or his sun glasses, which must have made him feel being nude in public.
In one of the interviews, Karl Lagerfeld confessed he had not talked to his family members, in particular his sisters for more than 40 years.
« Ma famille, c’était mes parents. Mêmes mes sœurs, je ne les voyais jamais. Ce n’est pas que je ne les aimais pas, mais on ne se correspondait pas. » (my family, was my parents. Even my sisters, I never saw the,. It is not that I did not like them, but we do not correspond with each other.”)
People may think it was cold of him, but for someone who was so sensitive about beauty, culture, art and quality of life, why did he want to communicate with someone who does not share his taste and interest just because they were of the same parents?
Blood is not necessarily thicker than water. Well done, Mr. Lagerfeld!
We can not choose our birth, or the family in which we were born, but we can choose how to relate to them. Or better yet, look for and build our own family, just like we do with love.
For more than one time, Karl Lagerfeld had played the ancient game of “I am as old as I tell you”, sometimes he was born in 1935, sometimes 1938, or neither. Coco Chanel had played the same game before him, and many more people before them. Time can change, but “vanity” will never get old.
If the historians were annoyed because it hurt the integrity of their records, it is understandable, but other than them, nobody has the right to feel cheated, after all, his birth date, like his hair and his outfit, belongs only to him, and nobody else.
White shirt, black sunglasses, and fingerless gloves had been the symbolic outfit of Karl Lagerfeld for decades, they became part of him and his personality.
Audrey Hepburn once said she felt protected in the clothes designed for her by Hubert de Givenchy, Karl Lagerfeld must have felt that way as well: from his dark sunglasses, he could see everything and everyone without being watched; with his starched high collar, he not only achieved a kind of baroque elegance and authority, but also made himself mysterious, inaccessible; and the countless leather fingerless gloves, while serving as the final touch of his unique outfit, also had the practical purpose of protecting his hands.
Karl had stated that he had stopped using sunscreen for more than 40 years because he did not expose himself to sun at all, not even his hands.
As a public figure who dedicated his life to beauty, he knew very well that he did not want to age under the public eyes.
For most of his adult life, Karl Lagerfeld lived in solitude. Even when he was with Jacques de Bascher, Karl lived separately.
Th chosen solitude allowed him achieve something nobody in the fashion history had ever done before him: directing multiple couture houses both in France and Italy, created more than 10 collections every year for his most important patron Chanel alone, designed everything from haute couture to ready-to-wear to accessories to perfumes, designed, illustrated and published books, took photographers and direct shore movies.....and it allowed him to live just as he wanted: to sleep at least 9 hours a night, eat the food he wanted at exactly the same time he wanted, at home.
When Thierry Demaizière, one of the directors of the 2008 documentary named the film: Un Roi Seul, Karl Lagerfeld did not like it, because he did not feel lonely.
He had chosen to be “seul” (alone), but he did not feel “seul” (lonely).
On 19 February 2019, Karl Lagerfeld was dead of pancreatic cancer in a hospital in Paris.
Shocking may not be the right word to describe the sudden death of Karl Lagerfeld.
When someone existed in the world of fashion, a world of change for so long and his appearance so consistent, it started to give one the impression that it will be forever. Until it's not, reminding us that death is real, is there, always there waiting, and once he decides to pay you visit, you can not say No.
Not even Kaiser.
Since 1983, Karl Lagerfeld's name was connected with Maison Coco Chanel, the most famous haute couture house in the world which by then had remained but legend and memories.
Karl saved Chanel, like he did with Chloé and Fendi, and transfered Chanel into the most successful haute couture house.
"My job is not to do what she did, but what she would have done," had been the formula of Karl Lagerfeld. If Coco Chanel would have been alive, she may not have agreed at all, at least most of the times. For someone so passionately and obsessively searching for simplicity and intentional poverty, Karl Lagerfeld's interpretation was too baroquely flamboyant.
He made Chanel modern, yes; he made Chanel relevant, yes; he made Chanel desirable, yes, to the satisfaction of Bernard Arnault, the owner of LVMH who owns Coco Chanel and Fendi, as well as the famous and infamous buyers around the world from Hollywood Mansions to Russian yachts to Arabian Palaces to Chinese Clubs.
Chanel became so successful that Karl Lagerfeld had no choice but became enormously successful as the man behind Chanel, and unusually, he was satisfied, satisfied being recognised in the name of a woman, satisfied living in the shadow of a legend. Like he himself stated more than one time, he is a mercenary at heart, he does not care about marketing, public relations and all other monetary matters concerning a brand, he only wants to design. It doesn't matter if it is Chloé, or Fendi, or even Chanel, as long as he is paid, and paid well, he will do his job, and he will do it well.
Is Karl Lagerfel elegant?
In his own manners, with his French Baroque powered white pony tail, his high collars, his wide cravate, his fancy fans, his dark sunglasses and fingerless gloves, his countless iPad and iPhones all organised with musics of different moods, together with a white Birman cat with an exotic name of Choupette, who lived with him, modelled for him, inspired him, Karl Lagerfeld has perfected the art of eccentric elegance, the art of mannerism.
And he hates flip flops, bikinis, tatoos and jogging pants, some of the most vulgar phenomenon in fashion.
So yes, Karl Lagerfeld is elegant.
According to his will, Karl Lagerfeld's body will be cremated today as he doesn't like burial, and his ashes will be scattered close to those of his mother and his great love Jacques de Bascher.
For a man who dedicates his life to beauty, fire would be a much more elegant choice than earth, a cold cage with the inevitable invasion of insects.
The fire will take his body away: "je veux juste disparaître comme les animaux de la foret vierge." (I just want to disappear like the animals of the green forest.).
But his soul, invisible, insouciant, will be somewhere, intact, immortal.
"Je n'aime pas les enterrements. Je veux garder l'image de la dernière fois que j'ai vu les gens. J'ai rempli des papiers où je dis que je veux que personne ne me voie mort. Pour moi, pas d'enterrement"
Karl Lagerfeld was deeply mourned by his cat Choupette through her Instagram account:
Thank you everyone for your words of condolence. 😿 With a once cold but now simply broken heart, I am going into mourning. I pray that your kind words and well-wishes will help me to put my best paw forward in my future without Daddy @KarlLagerfeld & as my own woman.
«Merci à tous pour vos mots de condoléances. C'est avec un coeur froid et brisé que je vais faire mon deuil. Je prie pour que vos gentils mots et vos voeux m'aident à aller de l'avant sans Papa Karl Lagerfeld»
"Gracias a todos por sus condolencias. Con el corazón roto, voy a llorar. Espero que sus amables palabras y buenos deseos me ayuden a poner mi mejor pata en mi futuro sin papá."
"Danke an euch alle für eure Beileidsbekundungen. Mit einem einst kalten doch nun gebrochenen Herzen, trete ich in die Trauerphase ein. Ich bete darum, dass eure netten Worte und guten Wünsche mir dabei helfen werden, meine beste Pfote in Richtung Zukunft auszustrecken
Karl Lagerfeld fashion chronicle
1954: won womenswear design competition held in Paris in the category of coat
1963: freelance for Chloé
1965: consultant director of Fendi
1974: full time at Chloé
1977-2019: creative director of Fendi
1983-2019: art director of Coco Chanel
1991: art director of Chloé
Color red, chocolate, roses of various colors, and sometimes surprises like engagement rings...... In order to celebrate the coming St. Valentine, we'd like to take a look together some of the most elegant wedding dresses.
On 12 September 1953, Jacqueline Bouvier marrried John F. Kennedy in a wedding gown designed by African-American fashion designer Ann Lowe, who never received credit for it during her lifetime.
The bridal gown, of ivory-colored silk taffeta, featured a portrait neckline and huge round skirt. The skirt featured interwoven tucking bands and tiny wax flowers. Jacqueline's lace veil had belonged to her grandmother; a lace-and-orange-blossom tiara tied the veil to her hair. Her bridal bouquet was made of white and pink gardenias and orchids.
Jacqueline wore little jewelry with the dress, but what she did wear had personal significance. The single-strand pearl necklace was a family heirloom; she also wore a diamond pin from her parents and diamond bracelet from her groom, John F.
1956: Grace Kelly
On 18 April 1956, Grace Kelly married Prince Rainier III of Monaco in a civil ceremony held in the Baroque Throne Room of the Royal Palace. Grace wore a two piece Alençon lace ensemble designed by Helen Rose, a costume designer of MGM.
Then on the following day, Grace Kelly and Prince Rainier III of Monaco were married in the religious ceremony, and she wore a peau de soie satin and Valenciennes lace gown which was also designed by Helen Rose.
1996: Carolyn Bessette
On September 21, 1996, Carolyn Bessette married John F. KennedyJr. in an intimate ceremony on a secluded island Cumberland Island off the coast of Georgia. Only 35 guests were invited and only two photos were taken of the wedding and wedding dress of Carolyn, both by photographer Denis Reggie.
The simple slip style wedding dress was designed by Narciso Rodriguez.
2004: Mary Donaldson
On 14 May 2004, Mary Donaldson married Crown Prince Frederik of Copenhagen in Cathedral of Denmark. Her wedding gown was designed by Danish designer Uffe Frank, which was made of ivory duchesse satin featuring deep scoop neckline with flared sleeve and flowing skirt lined with 31 meters of tulle.
2004: Letizia Ortiz Rocasolano
On 22 May 2004, Letizia Ortiz was married to Prince Felipe VI of Asturias in Almudena Cathedral in Madrid.
Letizia wore an ivory silk satin wedding gown designed by Manuel Pertegaz. It featured fitted bodice with upturned high collar and long flared sleeve, and A line skirt with round shaped train.
2018: Megan Markle
On 19 May 2018, Megan Markle was married to Prince Harry in St George's Chapel in a Givenchy gown designed by its current creative director Clare Waight Keller, which featured bateau neckline and bracelet sleeves in A line silhouette.
On the same day, she also wore a second wedding dress for the evening of white silk crepe with halter neck designed by Stella McCartney.
Red is the color of Christmas, the color of celebration and joy. Let`s celebrate with some of the elegant outfits in red.
Enjoy and Merry Christmas!
A: audrey hepburn in red
B: Balanciaga and his red
C: Christian Dior and his red
D: Dovima in red
E: Elizabeth Taylor in red
G: Grace Kelly in red
J: Jackie Kennedy Onassis and Jean Pachette in red
K: Kate Middleton
M: Madame Gres and Princess Mary of Denmark
Q: Letizia, Queen of Spain in red
P: Princess Diana in red
R: Rania, Queen of Jordan in red
They were born in the same year: 1929
They have demanding mothers
They study ballet and love dancing
They are polyglots: both Audrey Hepburn and Jackie Kennedy speak 5 languages, and they speak beautiful French
They are both horse riders
They have the gamine look when they are young
They wear Givenchy dresses
They love reading and solitude
She is Kitty Spencer, oldest daughter of Charles Spencer, brother of late Princess Diana, a socialite and model growing up in Cape Town, South Africa.
Although many media insisted that she look just like Princess Diana, like they loved to insist that Jackie Kennedy or Audrey Hepburn´s grand daughters look just like them respectively.
We all share this faible sentiment of hoping for a possible reincarnation of a style icon, particularly among their own descendants, but to say Lady Kitty Spencer looks like her late Aunt, is like saying she looks like Marilyn Monrone, who also had blone hair and blue eyes.
There is no doubt Kitty is beautiful, but from her social media photos, it is obvious that she does not look like Princess Diana, not in bone structure, not in feature, not in looks. their similarity stop at the colors of their hairs and eyes, or at most extends to their love of hats.
But on the day of May 19, 2018, something extraordinary happened, Kitty Spencer looked as if she were another person completely, in that forest green Dolce & Gabana floral dress and matching Philip Treacy fascinator.
She looked perfect from head to toe, with every single detail coordinated. The focal point was the dress, the design was impecable, wide square neckline to give space for her neclace but not expose too much, the slightly flare shaped skirt to accentuate her waistline and alllow the flowers to flow with her while she moved. The mid sleeve and long skirt design made it very appropriate for the occation and elongate her silouette.
The accessories are also in harmony with one another as well: the orange clutch and orange sandals matched the orange of the floral pattern on her skirt, the headpiece dainty with a little bit drama, the Bvlgari yellow and white gold and diamond braided necklace simple framing her beautfiul neck, the diamond studs a right termination for the half veil stopping just above her earlobes. She looked slimmer, her skin fairer, and walked with such a poise, as if walking out of a Botticelli painting.
In fact, she looked so perfect, her family she came with faded into background: Her mother too thin and wilted, her young sister Lady Eliza looked older than her, and matronly in the navy blue blazer dress set, even her brother Louis,
She still does not look like Lady Diana physically in any way, but for the first time, one can see that she could perhaps look like her in demeanor, and for those who still have the illusion of looking for Princess Diana 2.0, then Kitty Spencer definitely should be candidate No. 1, not Meghan Markle.
Before May 19, 2018, Meghan Markle can be defined by any word but ËLEGANT, either before or after she met Prince Harry.
Her choices of outfits, besides her very canadianized lululemon yogi styles while walking around the streets, could at times be overly sexy and daring or even vulgar, like her see through turtle black blouse or the too shiny too low cut v neck grey long sleeve dress she wore for the Vogue Fashion Fund Awards.
After meeting with and dating Prince Harry, Meghan seemed toned down her sexy side or dress up to fit for her future royal image, but by doing so, she went to another extreme, becoming a power woman, which was particularly obvious in her choices of outwear like her coats: almost always with too wide or too sharp lapel, with strong military feel especially when they are double breasted, and at times too many details, like her famous Camel Christmas coat with ruched cuff and L shaped patch pockets,
But strangely enough, the handbags she chose to carry with were almost always mismatched, in style as well as in color: most of the time they were small and hard and angular shaped, with a school girlish look, even the way she carried them gave the feeling of a school girl playing with style, not yet finding one. So that when she almost looked good in the black tie coat designed by Stella McCartney, the mismatched little green handbag killed it,
The only time she looked elegant was on the day of March 12, 20018, when she joined Prince Harry for the Commonwealth Day Services at Westminster Abbey, She was wearing a white standup collared calf-length coat designed by Amanda Wakeley, with a white beret from milliner Stephen Jones to match, and her v neck dress just over knee, the Manolo shoes and the Mulberry shoulder bag she used as a clutch for the first time all matched beautifully in color, style and texture.
This outfit gave one the impression that if she really wanted, Meghan did have the potential to look elegant, but nothing can prepare one´s shock about her total transformation when she stepped out of the bridal car, wearing the simple bateau necked wedding dress with 3 quarter sleeve, no lace, no any sparkling embellishment, just pure white European silk cady, soft, subtle, without any shine.
The wedding dress was designed by Clare Waight Keller, a British designer and the current artistic director of French Couture brand Givenchy.
It was said the dress was inspired by a bateau necked long sleeve evening dress with front zipper worn by Carolyn Bessette Kennedy, Meghan´s fashion idol, because when asked about her favorite celebrity wedding dress in her interview with Glamour magazine, Meghan Markle responded “Carolyn Bessette Kennedy,” calling the Narciso Rodriguez slip dress worn by the latter “everything goals.”
But perhaps it´s inspired by Carolyn´s dress in spirit and neckline only, because in style and siluetee, Meghan´s dress looked more similar to that of Princess Mette-Marit Tjessem Høiby of Norway when she wed Norway´s crown prince Haakon on August 25, 2001.
Both wedding gowns are obviously inspired by medieval gowns and look very conservative and chasty, with almost no body exposure, no second fabric, no embellishments. While Mette Marit gown designed by Ove Harder Finseth takes more direct reference from the middle age attaires, with square neck in front and scoop neck in back, and long fitting sleeves, Meghan Markle´s dress has a more French modern look with very Givenchy bateau neck and three quarter sleeve.
And what´s more, both dresses feature a much longer veil than their train: Mette Marit´s veil is 6 meter long covering the 2 metre train, and Meghan´s a little bit shorter at 5 meters, with hand-embroidered flora representing the 53 countries of the Commonwealth.
Even the tiaras worn by both brides, are surprisingly similar: simple, subtle, again with the feel of the middle ages.
There was a saying that the neckline of Meghan´s wedding dress was exposing too much of her shoulder, which is against royal etiquette, but it can´t be true. She definitely has done her homework, and has undoubtedly studied the previous royal bridal dresses with her designer Clare, and perhaps used the neckline of crown princess Mary of Denmark´s wedding dress when she married crown prince Federic in 2004 as reference point, as both necklines are almost identical at the point where the sleevehead touched the shoulders. Princess Mary´s neckline was even more daring, featuring a scoop neckline instead of straight bateau like that of Meghan´s.
After the ceremony, Meghan changed into her second halter necked wedding dress fdesigned by Stella McCartney or the reception, which was again simple elegance.
It was said that Mette Marit had chosen such a simple dress to let the Norway people forget about her troubled past so she can start anew with her prince, although Meghan felt no need to be ashamed of her past, in royal eyes, she does seem an unconventional candidate as future duchess: with divorced parents, herself a divorcee, an actress...So perhaps, subconsciously, she too would like to bid farewell to her history and welcome her future.
Whatever the reason, she has made a wonderful satorial choice on the first day of her new life, and hopefully she would say goodbye to her pre-wedding dressing style as well.
Beauvais is a city and commune 67 km north of Paris, it's the capital of Oise department in Hauts-de-France region. In this city of less than 100,000 habitants, the most famous attraction in this city is its Gothic style Cathedral: San Peter Cathedral, and the second, is perhaps Hubert de Givenchy, one of the last couturiers of our time.
1927, a star was born.
On 20 Feburary, 1927, Hubert de Givenchy was born in a noble family. He was supposed to study law according to the family tradition, but destined to be one of the greast coutouriers in the world.
1944-1951: Michangelo in the making
1944. At 17 year old, Hubert de Givenchy moved to Paris to study art and became apprentice to Jacques Fath, one of the most important couturiers in Paris after World War II, and he also worked for Robert Piguet and Lucien Lelong.
1945. He became first assistant to Elsa Schiaparelli, and worked for her for the next 4 years. Althoug Elsa's free, daring, and flamboyant style has strongly impressed and even influenced Givenchy, it was Cristóbal Balanciaga who became his real and only mentor, whose classic aesthetic sense and impacable draftsmanhip would also be Givenchy's own designing philosophy.
is 1952-1988, le Grand Givenchy
1952, Givenchy opened his own haute couture house and met Audrey Hepburn who became his lifelong friend, muse and embassador of his design. The Audrey the world has never stopped loving, is in someway Givenchy's Audrey, as she herselfe said about the designer:"Les modèles de Givenchy sont les seuls dans lesquels je me sens moi-même. Plus qu’un styliste, il est un créateur de personnalité." (The designs of Givenchy are the only ones in which I feel like myself. More than a stylist, he is a personality creator.)
1957, with the help and support of his brother Jean Claude, Marquis de Givenchy, Givenchy created Parfums Givenchy in his hometown Beauvais and his first perfume L'Interdit was dedicated to Audrey Hepburn. For a whole year she was the only one in the world to be able to carry this perfume.
For the next three decades, Givenchy not only became one of the most famous French couturiers, also the man who have made the most symbolic dresses in the modern fashion history.
At 1.98m tall, Givenchy was called "Le Grand Givench"(the Big Givench), but perhaps the Great Givenchy or the Grand Givenchy is more suitable.
1988-1995: Farewell to Givenchy Couture
1988: Hubert de Givenchy sold his haute couture house to LVMH owned by Bernard Arnold, but kept being the art director, but seven years later, in 1995, he bid farewell to Givenchy Haute Couture because he realized he was just a name in his own creation.
January 2015, Madrid, Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum. Retrospective exhibition of Hubert de Givenchy.
On the day I was there, there were not many people, and other than a few young faces who look like fashion school students, most of the people there are mature, many of them with white hair, deep wrinkles and some with hunched backs.
Givenchy said to Spanish press: "La haute couture est arrivée à sa fin. Il y a des modes mais il n'y a pas la mode" (The haute couture has arrived at its end. There are fashions but there is no more style.)
2018, March 10, Saturday, long live Givenchy
"Monsieur de Givenchy s'est éteint dans son sommeil le samedi 10 mars 2018. Ses neveux et nièces et leurs enfants partagent sa douleur" (Mr. Givenchy died in his sleep on Saturday March 2018. His nephews, nieces and their children all share the pain." Thus announced Givenchy's companion, Philippe Venet, who also emphasized to the press that the funeral will be strictedly intimate.
In 2007, Hubert de Givenchy was awarded master of elegance by his home town Beauvais, but around the world, he was looked upon as king of elegance, by his clients, the press, his contempory collegues, and countless admirers. Bernard Arnault, the president of LVMH and owner of Givenchy Haute Couture, thus said about Givenchy: "...Tant dans les robes longues de prestige que dans les tenues de jour, Hubert de Givenchy a su réunir deux qualités rares : être novateur et intemporel..." (In the evening gowns as well as in daily outfit, Hubert de Givenchy has integreted two rare qualities: innovative and timeless).
Unlike his mentor Balanciaga, Givenchy was aware of his time and the changing needs of the women he dressed, and was willing to adapt to that needs, such as his design of "Seperatables", but at the same time, he has always respected and never comprised in style, so that even today, his designs can be worn by any woman or even a woman of next century, and look timeless.
In French history, everytime when a king dies, his court will cry out:
Le roí est mort, vive le roí! (The king is dead, long live the king.)
Givenchy is dead, long live Givenchy!