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>> Baptiste Giabiconi Working on an Album? — Lagerfeld recently told W of muse Baptiste Giabiconi: "There is no other model in the business like him. [He's] perfect when dressed and stunning undressed." But what does Karl think about Baptiste's singing abilities? In response to a recent interview request, Baptiste's manager hinted that the model was working on an album: "Baptiste has a very busy schedule for the time being among the fashion shows [and] the preparation of his album . . . he has no time off for the next few months." [Beauty Confessional]
Alexander McQueen's funeral took place in London today with Daphne Guinness, Naomi Campbell, Lady Gaga, and Kate Moss in attendance. A more public memorial service is planned for later this year, although no date has been confirmed.
Karl Lagerfeld has designed a limited-edition safe with Dottling, claimed to be the world's most expensive and named "Narcissus." The six-foot tall steel and chrome monolith will retail for $339,000.
Teen Vogue announces a licensing deal to create bedding and room decor based on fashion trends from the magazine.
A closer look at Nicholas Kirkwood's melted wax heels for Rodarte fall 2010.
Diane Kruger was back in Berlin over the weekend to attend Saturday's Goldene Kamera Awards. The red carpet style star didn't disappoint in her latest gorgeous gown, this time opting to wear a Valentino number that another attendee, the model Barbara Meier, also wore. Kruger also kept warm with a faux fur coat. Karl Lagerfeld didn't seem to mind that Diane wasn't in Chanel, as he took the stage to present her with the Best International Actress statue for her work in Inglourious Basterds. Joining Diane for the show were Danny DeVito and Richard Gere, who added a little more Hollywood sparkle to the German event.
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I was scared of him! I think a lot of people are scared of him, actually. I don't think I've ever really spoken to him — I'm still scared of him! I'm so shy. But every time I get confirmed there, it's still a big thing. If they ever said to me, 'Eniko, we want you to do our show, but you can't do any other shows,' I would be like, 'Ok!'
Karl Lagerfeld concocted an extra special couture collection for Spring '10. The inspiration — "neon baroque" — was devoid of his usual hues of black and navy. "It's the first time in my whole career I've done a collection without black or navy. There's not one gold button," said Lagerfeld. Interestingly enough, the concept was a result of "electronic flashes" he experienced in his sleep. "I saw it in a dream and I made the sketches . . . at five o'clock in the morning," said Lagerfeld. With fresh ingenuity, the designer sent his models down the runway, with awesome Minnie Mouse hair, in a rainbow of whimsical color. Brights pastels, ice blues, and minty fresh hues were cut into delicious frothy tiered frocks, cocoon wraps, culottes, and sleek silky dresses.
His iconic tweed suit was present, but has been updated with flashy metallic embroidery, sequins, and fun florals. Metallic silver footwear also added a modern touch. The perfect ending? Abbey Lee Kershaw, draped in a lace and silk gown, and Baptiste Giabiconi, shining in a foil suit, walking down the runway as bride and groom. Exquisite.
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>> Karl Lagerfeld On What to Expect at Chanel Couture —When Karl Lagerfeld showed up to take his usual front row seat at Dior Homme Saturday (he shoots the brand's campaigns), he was feeling generous with hints on what to expect at the Chanel Spring 2010 couture show tomorrow: “Two words: neon baroque.” Chanel isn't the only headlining act yet to play this week in Paris: Natalia Vodianova is hosting a dinner for her lingerie collection with Etam, for which Charlotte Gainsbourg will perform, and Kate Moss is holding a Longchamp party at the Ritz, with a Queens of Noize performance promised. [WWD, Style.com]
Anna Wintour Wants to See Rodarte Design for Schiaparelli, and Other Sundry Details from the Mulleavys' New Yorker Profile
>> In the Jan. 18, 2010 edition of the New Yorker, Amanda Fortini profiles Laura and Kate Mulleavy of Rodarte and their quest to go against your typical "high gloss, high fashion, glamour, put-together, shiny, perfect — everything too exact" label, in the words of Laura. The Fall 2009 thigh-high wraparound boots Nicholas Kirkwood created for Rodarte, for example, were meant to evoke "hands wrapped in plastic in a morgue."
Kate told the magazine, "The most unhappy Laura or I have ever been was when we heard we made 'a pretty dress.' We want to make people think, and, once you decide to do that, you will have people that don't like what you're doing." She later added, "The other day, we were laughing that if we could take our clothes and bury them, and in ten years take them out, we would actually be satisfied [with how they look]."
>> Karl Lagerfeld, who just a few months ago in October was spouting off that people prefer to look at "skinny models" and fashion is all "dreams and illusions . . . no one wants to see round women" has contributed to V's January/February 2010 Size Issue, featuring Dakota Fanning and Gabourey Sidibe on alternate covers. In the past, he's hired Beth Ditto to perform at a Fendi party and now he's photographed burlesque dancer Miss Dirty Martini in Coco Chanel's apartment for V, but technically, on the model front, he still hasn't endorsed anyone who isn't "skinny." Models.com has an exclusive look at the full "Coco a Go-Go" editorial.