Victoria Beckham shared a few snaps from her recent shoot with Karl Lagerfeld for Elle France on Twitter today. She wrote that it was "a dream come true" to pose at Chanel's Paris shop on 31 Rue Cambon. Victoria may be looking back to her time in France, but she's currently in London with her daughter, Harper. The mother-daughter duo traveled to the UK over the weekend after spending a few weeks at home in LA with family. Victoria attended multiple soccer games to cheer on her boys, including David, who will hit the field again this Sunday to play against the San Jose Earthquakes.
We don't need glasses to see how amazing Victoria Beckham looks in the cover shoot for French Elle, which she shot with Karl Lagerfeld on the iconic Chanel staircase at 31 Rue Cambon in Paris. Victoria shared some shots on her Twitter page, calling the shoot "a dream come true." From the looks of it, the cover will be minimal, with Victoria donning hot pants, heels, and glasses from her new optical line. It's sexy secretary to the max.
The eyewear collection, which is slated to hit stores in January 2013, came out of Victoria's own need to wear glasses — she's nearsighted and talked about having a hard time finding flattering frames in a recent interview with WWD. Not only are we excited to see the six-piece collection (a collaboration with Cutler and Gross) next year, we also can't wait to see more gorgeous photos from Victoria's Parisian-inspired shoot. Click through to see the images now.
Can't stop, won't stop. Karl Lagerfeld says the reason he's constantly producing clothing, advertising imagery, and coffee-table books is because none of it feels like work.
"Working is something boring for people who go to an office to make a living," said Lagerfeld in an interview with Vogue UK. "I do a job. I wanted to do it as a child. I love fashion. I like the world of fashion. I'm lucky to work in the most perfect condition. I can do what I want in all kinds of areas: the expensive, the not expensive, and all that. I think I'm very lucky. I would be stupid to stop that. Why should I? It's not work. Work is when you make a living being bored."
Of course, most people don't have the freedom that the Kaiser enjoys, which might have something to do with why he has so much fun at the office.
"When I took over Chanel, it was 30 years ago, the owner said, 'I've got the business. The way it is, I'm not proud of it. Try to make something out of it. If not, I'll sell it.' And it became a huge modern business. So the limit is up to me to create, because I have what the French call carte blanche. No one ever tells me any limit. That is luxury at its best."
Well, that was fun: another Fashion Month has come and gone. Now that we've had time to regroup, it seems like this one was a lot more eventful than seasons past. Certainly a lot of the excitement had to do with the new arrivals at Dior and Saint Laurent, but those weren't the only happenings that caused a stir this month. From the critic who got into public spats with two high-profile designers to the most recognizable accessory of the season, we examine the reasons why the Spring 2013 collections will stick out in our minds for years to come.
Those stories and more in our daily news roundup.
- Remember the hula hoop bag from Chanel's Spring 2013 show? "It's for the beach," Karl Lagerfeld says. "You need space for the beach towel, huh? And then you can put it into the sand and hang things on it, and things like that." [Styleite]
- Alexa Chung is writing a book that will be released in September 2013. We wonder if it'll debut during Fashion Week? [Vogue UK]
- Cathy Horyn has responded to an open letter from Hedi Slimane, in which the designer called her a "schoolyard bully" for her critique of his debut at Saint Laurent. "It's just silly nonsense to me," she says. [WWD]
- Fashion Week founder Fern Mallis got her first job in the industry by winning a contest at Mademoiselle magazine. "I was the guest editor. I won that contest, and that really started the whole ball rolling," she said. [Teen Vogue]
- Victoria's Secret has asked Rihanna, Justin Bieber, and Bruno Mars to perform at the 2013 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show. [Jezebel]
Under the wind turbine-adorned atrium of the great hall in the Grand Palais, Karl Lagerfeld offered up a Spring 2013 collection that felt pared-down, and modern — yet entirely rooted in the ethos of classic Chanel. Silhouettes were structured and full with an emphasis on rounded shoulders and wide sleeves on top and mid-thigh straight skirts, wide shorts, and super-slim trousers below. The house's signature tweeds were plenty present, but they came simply decorated with only a bit of contrast piping and nary a braided chain in sight. Adding to Lagerfeld's "neo Coco" theme were the innovative fabrics: appliqued floral "prints" had a three-dimensional effect and tech-knits came imprinted with a raised waffle grid. Later, that same grid motif appeared on pastel-hued silks and stiff organzas.
Accessories were eye-popping and fresh too. Choker necklaces and bracelets made from gobs of varying-sized pearls felt luxe yet cool, while the oversized hula hoop bags nearly stole the show.
The Chanel show has gone beyond just the occasion of presenting a collection; it's a cultural event that draws a fair share of hard-core fans. Outside the Grand Palais this morning in Paris, it was a surreal scene of Chanel devotees, done up in head-to-toe Chanel outfits, coming out in honor of the iconic house. It was like a costume party in the front, with a whole other kind of scene by the backstage entrance on the side of the Grand Palais, where the celebrity attendees entered — French beauties like Inès de la Fressange and Lou Doillon looked laid-back and classic, while Jennifer Lopez almost caused a photographers' stampede as she entered with boyfriend Casper.
Then, there was the dramatic setting. Nearly full-size wind turbines had been set up inside the glass-domed Grand Palais, with a runway that looked like solar panels, leading us to expect an airy collection with a futuristic vibe — but don't think spaceships; think of a nicer, greener world where we've figured out solar energy and have clean air. The turbines showed up literally via appliqué on dresses and a printed knit. There was also an airiness to the sheer pieces (a huge trend for Spring) and the easy strapless column dresses, while the cropped jackets with big cocoon sleeves definitely took Chanel forward in terms of modern silhouettes. Graphic prints made an appearance, sharp and crisp on sculptural looks like an oversize top and skirt. Another trend playing out for Spring was spotted at Chanel — styling dresses over pants, and here it was also done with color, like blue on purple and pink on violet.
Accessories were a highlight. We got a sneak peek at the jewelry being made yesterday at the studio of Parisian jewelry designer Delphine-Charlotte Parmentier, who has collaborated with Chanel for years, and how exciting it was to see the piles of oversize pearl necklaces on the models. It was classic Chanel, blown up. Wide sun hats featured clear plastic brims and oversize bags that looked like gigantic discs contributed to the natural/futuristic vibe. Finally, the shoes were a winner: two-toned platform sandals that strapped around the ankle and were done in tones of black, white, and silver.
And as for the winning looks? I think it was the simplest ones — the strapless column dresses, some dotted with pearls, others with flowers, and one stunner in black with white trim. The cropped jackets will look great in the pages of the fashion magazines next season, but it's a tough silhouette to wear, while the waist-length jackets, particularly a white cocoon version with black-and-white tweed trim, would look simply perfect with skinny jeans, a tee, and classic pumps.
In the ambition-themed relaunch issue of M Magazine, Karl Lagerfeld says his greatest ambition is "to be impeccably dressed" — and perhaps that's why he has such particular rules about dressing himself.
During a Q&A with the men's quarterly, available this week, Lagerfeld runs down a laundry list of things he won't wear, including t-shirts, hats, and hoodies. "With my hairdo, I can't wear hoods," he explains. A look at what else isn't in the Kaiser's closet, below.
On sweaters: "I don't wear sweaters a lot. I don't know why. I prefer woven material. It feels cleaner. When I wear knits, I have the feeling I get sloppy. For me it is too soft. I like hard wear. I like clothes with discipline, because I think you get more disciplined if you dress yourself in a disciplined way."
On vests and suspenders: "I don't like to wear waistcoats very much anymore. I hate to have something on the stomach. And I hate to wear suspenders. I have the feeling I'm wearing a bra."
On why he only wears custom-made Massaro boots: "Shoes have to be like gloves: flawless, impeccable. I hate sloppy footwear. What I hate most is flip-flops. I'm physically allergic to flip-flops."
Karl Lagerfeld's luxe version of futurism for Spring 2013 consisted of clean sportswear silhouettes, Bauhaus graphics, and one of the freshest color palettes seen so far this season. Pastel and bold hues — apricot, turquoise, ochre, baby blue, red, beige, and gray — were offset by crisp black or solid white, and when rendered in the form of thick lines (on the hems of A-line skirts) or contrasting panels (on button placards and on the inseams of pants) it all made for a sharp, optical effect. Leather, fur, and an oversized explosion print added texture and softness, while the house's colorblocked bags — stripped of all hardware — felt modern and fresh.
After one look at the Fendi Spring 2013 lineup, we had a pretty good idea of what Karl Lagerfeld had on his mind when designing it. An eye for beautiful shoes (can we have a pair of each?), a strong penchant for sportswear, a bright colorblocking palette, a dash of sparkle, and perhaps, a thing for geometric shapes. And who can find fault with a collection that so seamlessly fuses an athletic sensibility with the brand's luxurious fur outerwear? At its core, Fendi stuck to a geo-printed design M.O. (with mink fur thrown into the mix), and it was evident in everything from the structural cuts to the architecturally-perfect peep-toe sandals. In case you were wondering what bag you might be seeing on the arm of every It girl, look out for the quirky Rubik's Cube-esque cube bag, complete with hand strap and zippered siding. Get our trend breakdown below, then see Fendi's Spring '13 collection, in full, when you click on.
- Trends: Fur, colorblocking, an athletic sensibility, geometric prints, collars, and strong boxy silhouettes.
- Colors: White, orange, blue, nude, ecru, peach, teal, and yellow.
- Key Piece: The oversize blue honeycomb sweater — oh the layering possibilities!
- Accessories: A Rubik's Cube-inspired cube bag with zipper details, slick double-button belts, geo-shaped sunglasses, striped cuffs, and peep-toe sandals.
- Who Should Wear It: Loyal wearers of Fendi will flock to this Spring collection, so we expect to see starlets like Emma Stone, Jessica Biel, and Miranda Kerr decked out in the sportier dresses and updated bag styles.