When Karl Lagerfeld insults you, he sure does cut deep (we love you, Pippa). And in his latest bout of ridiculous claims, Karl said something that’s actually, eh hem, right on the money.
The Chanel designer told BBC Radio 4′s Today show something that we perhaps have always known to be true, but just pretend that it’s not. Karl says that luxury fashion designers “create a product nobody needs but people want.” Is he telling us we don’t need those Isabel Marant sneakers? Because there’s a sinking in our stomachs that feels a lot like true love when we see them.
Admittedly, we’ve had some pretty strong feelings for fashion, and even more unfortunately, Karl’s right. At the end of the day, we don’t need designer clothes to live (even though we can think of a lookbook or two that made us feel otherwise).
Karl continued to explain: “You spend more for what you really want; some boring things you need; an ugly old car can wait, but if you have a new fashion item, it cannot wait. We live on this whole idea.” Now, this isn’t exactly news to any of us — the minds behind our favorite high-end labels aren’t flipping over showroom tables, cursing Karl for leaking their secret. We’ve always known that spending our hard-earned money on luxe goodies can sometimes come at the expense of a more reasonable purchase. But now Karl’s gone and made us feel all bad about it. Buzzkill. (Telegraph)
We loved hanging behind-the-scenes with cutie-patootie Chanel Iman and even got to chat with her after the shoot! Here she gabs about how she started modeling, her first Forever 21 experience and her fav things about the holidays. Chanel has this certain illuminating glow about her that really lights up our holiday season.
Is it weird that we already know what we want for the holidays? Santa, are you listening? The object of lust in question comes courtesy of Chanel, who has delivered an accessory that’s pure badass bling. Say bonjour to this transparent plexiglass cuff, a true statement piece that sparkles with strass gems, perfect for turning heads at all your ’tis the season parties (so, actually, whoever’s gifting this to us should let us open it before the big day — oh, and it’s available in early December!). Part of the French house’s spring ’13 pre-collection, the bracelet oozes ’80s glamour without feeling super-dated, giving off a Bianca Jagger meets Vanessa Paradis vibe. While we usually steer clear of logo-mania, in this case we’re feeling that more is more. If we get two, we promise to make like Wonder Woman and wear a crown.
A combination of Marie Antoinette, ’90s silhouettes including raver pants and platform shoes, meloncat hair, and Japanese anime seems like it would mix as well as oil and water… But, somehow, the Chanel cruise ’12 collection pulled it off! Pretty, origami pleats, watercolor prints, sticker-like flowers, half-precious/half-bondage costume jewelry, and new takes on the Chanel tweed (appearing in the forms of royal waistcoats and scarves) made the offerings a bit more challenging than Karl Lagerfeld’s others, but not so ridiculous that we couldn’t imagine anyone wearing the pieces outside of the Palais (in fact, we’d like to wear ‘em — hand it over!). Aside from the shoes that made all the models look like they were wearing nude pantyhose or were on their way to basketball practice with the Spice Girls, the pieces displayed that sort of couture-season bravura that’s not often seen in a cruise collection. Click through for all 71 looks from the very pretty runway!
Reminding us that not all clothing is created equal, Chanel has released a video of the making of its iconic Little Black Jacket, a staple of the brand that’s been around for even longer than the quilted handbag. From each painstakingly made initial measurements to the final, handsewn button, the creation of the jacket is a peek at what a one-of-a-kind, handmade piece of clothing looks like. Check out the video, below, and finally start to coming to terms with its 1.5k price-tag.