In his 80 years of living, Karl Lagerfeld has seen it all, done it all, and pretty much said it all. And since he truly is the man who has everything, what better way to honor today's birthday boy than with the gift of Karl? We're saying, "Happy birthday, Mr. Lagerfeld," by pinning eight life lessons from the Chanel frontman on our inspirational board. May we invite you to do the same?
The fashion historian Valerie Steele once told us that she wears "a kind of uniform, like many people in fashion." But in particular, designers' daily outfits tend to go beyond simple guidelines for dressing and become artistic statements that are almost as important as the clothes they send down the runway.
Case in point: most photos of Prabal Gurung feature him wearing a t-shirt and slim-fitting jeans that make him look like nothing so much as a certain rebel without a cause. Carolina Herrera has done more for the crisp white shirt than any woman of our time, and Karl Lagerfeld almost single-handedly preserves the relevance of a six-inch collar.
A look at some of our favorite designers sporting some of their favorite pieces of clothing, here in the gallery.
If you haven't been paying attention to your social streams today, then you might have missed one of Fall 2013's best ads yet: an image from Chanel's space-age campaign made its way to the brand's official Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ feeds.
The campaign was photographed by none other than the house's creative director, Karl Lagerfeld, and stars models Ashleigh Good, Chiharu Okunugi, and Soo Joo Park. The models hail from New Zealand, Japan, and South Korea, respectively, and their international backgrounds reflect the globalization theme of Lagerfeld's Fall 2013 collection for Chanel.
If the ads look familiar, that's because this isn't the first time they've been spotted online. Some images from the campaign were leaked, scanned, and uploaded to The Fashion Spot last month, but today marks the campaign's official public debut.
In her latest fashion portfolio for Harper's Bazaar, global fashion director Carine Roitfeld cast a uniquely diverse group of subjects in order to pay "homage to the diversity of women."
Roitfeld enlisted Karl Lagerfeld to photograph everyone from Scarlett Johansson to Gabourey Sidibe in this shoot for the September issue, called "Singular Beauties." Some of the women — like Zoe Kravitz and Lily Collins — are photographed alone in celebration of their individual beauty. In other shots, like the one that features China Machado and Soo Joo Park, the subjects were put together to highlight their similarities.
And then there are the shots that put together equally gorgeous subjects who couldn't be more different from one another. In one shot, 82-year-old supermodel Carmen Dell'Orefice poses with 16-year-old Ondria Hardin. In another, plus-size model Candice Huffine poses with Ashleigh Good's "classic proportions."
But regardless of the combinations, all of these pictures are stunning. Here is a look at a few of the singularly beautiful images in Harper's Bazaar shoot.
We may have spoken a bit too soon yesterday when we questioned whether Blue Jasmine was the year's most fashionable film. Turns out Woody Allen has quite a formidable competitor to contend with: Karl Lagerfeld. But don't buy your ticket just yet — for now, Martina Neuen's four-hour documentary will air in Germany on Sept. 7 to coincide with the launch of the designer's Munich boutique.
Spanning Lagerfeld's life and career, Mode Als Religion (Fashion as a Religion) will focus on the parallels between fashion and, you guessed it, religion (not altogether an unfamiliar topic!). Lagerfeld allowed a camera crew into his studio for 16 months for the project, which also includes interviews with Diane Kruger, Sarah Jessica Parker, Claudia Schiffer, Suzy Menkes, and more. With a cast that stellar and a topic so enlightening, here's hoping the film makes its way to a theater (or small screen) near us!
Karl Lagerfeld is set to launch a candle collection through Welton London, making his presence in the beauty world even more prominent. Karl, as you may recall, collaborated with Shu Uemura for a holiday makeup line last year and even linked up with Sephora for a 2011 capsule collection. While there's no final word on what the candles will look or smell like (mini Karl-shaped votives? fluffy kittens?), we do know they'll be available for purchase in the US, Europe, and the Middle East in October. And on a related note, expect more scent-related products to come out of Karl's camp; the designer recently signed a 20-year fragrance deal with Inter Parfums SA.
Who doesn't love a good theme? Karl Lagerfeld has designed a Bavarian-inspired capsule collection to celebrate the opening of his new Munich concept store, which is scheduled to open in September. Among the items available: a seriously edged-up take on the classic German garment, the dirndl.
Leave it to the Kaiser to render this traditional outfit in touches of black leather — consider it a cross-continental adaptation of the punk sensibility. Look for the collection in his Munich and Berlin stores, just in time for the 180th anniversary of Oktoberfest.
Any doubts that it's officially Summer were put to rest this week when our favorite stylish snappers brightened up our stream with a constant flow of snaps. While Poppy and Cara Delevingne were getting busy across the pond at The Animal Ball, American designers were winning honors left and right with the CFDA when The Woolmark Prize and CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund finalists were announced. Of course all was caught on Instagram, which means we reap the benefits. Click through to see this week's best shots!
Kristen Stewart arrived at the Grand Palais with a smile and a wave for the Chanel Haute Couture show in Paris today. She chose a sexy shorts and jacket ensemble, which she accented with leather gloves — what do you think of her look? She also showed off her new ink, four straight lines on her left wrist and an infinity symbol on her right, after stopping at a tattoo shop in Nashville with friends last month. Kristen mingled with designer Karl Lagerfeld, actress Rose Byrne, and actor Michael Pitt at the event, where Milla Jovovich, Vanessa Paradis, and Alexa Chung were in attendance as well. After the show, Kristen changed into her usual t-shirt and jeans and was spotted greeting fans as she left her hotel.
Kristen touched down in France yesterday, joining other stars at the Paris Haute Couture shows including Jennifer Lawrence and Rihanna. Rihanna ran into Jennifer at dinner last night but was up this morning in a sexy long cardigan look to check out the Chanel action alongside Kristen.
Was there life before Karl Lagerfeld and his cat, Choupette, became an adorable plastic figurine? Just such a product will become available on July 5 when Net-A-Porter launches a capsule collection Lagerfeld created with Italian-based lifestyle brand Tokidoki, which often builds product lines on the cult characters it creates.
Lagerfeld, a character in his own right with a legion of adoring fans across the globe, is sure to inspire just as many smiles and sales as the rest of Tokidoki's offering.
In addition to three doll versions of the designer that stand just over 10 inches tall, the limited-edition collection also includes a scarf, jeans, and t-shirts all decorated with a Lagerfeld-inspired cartoon print. A look at some of the products, here in the gallery.