>> Baptiste Giabiconi was rumored to make his singing debut at the Chanel Soho store party in New York last night — Karl Lagerfeld is reportedly pushing him to be a pop star — but apparently he got cold feet. Instead, guests were treated to the redone store, cordoned off from the public by a LED display wall playing Chanel videos and brimming with editors (Sally Singer, Robbie Myers, Cecilia Dean, Amy Astley); models (Heidi Mount, Jessica Stam, Magdalena Frackowiak, Anja Rubik, Freja Beha Erichsen, Abbey Lee Kershaw, Erin Wasson, Shalom Harlow, Crystal Renn); and Chanel favorites like Poppy Delevigne, Caroline Sieber, Diane Kruger, Liv Tyler, Courtney Love, and Sarah Jessica Parker.
Alexa Chung, who was DJing the party, asked last night if she could buy the new Chanel Les Khakis nail polish (which came out today), but she was told she had to wait until this morning to pick it up. And before Lagerfeld arrived, publicists scraped graffiti stickers, posters, and fliers off the scaffolding by the red carpet. They even had box cutters to scrape off tape and remnants. But that wasn't the only prep done in anticipation of Lagerfeld's arrival: The Daily reports from sources working in the building that houses the Soho boutique that Lagerfeld also demanded his own private bathroom to use during the party, and thus, one was built.
Waiters stood by holding trays of Chanel-logoed spray paint cans which could be used to tag a LED wall near the store's entrance, and the gift bag held a silk scarf printed with a polar bear among camellias. Lagerfeld also took the opportunity to show off his new discovery, 19-year-old French singer Izia, who took the stage at the party (thus intimidating Giabiconi).
>> Karl Lagerfeld snapped Baptiste Giabiconi and Crystal Renn in what her is her first campaign for Chanel — to promote the reopening of the brand's store in Soho, Manhattan, in September.
The shoot happened a couple of months ago in a Paris studio, and Lagerfeld asked the two models to envision themselves as lovers in a glamorous movie. “He said, ‘You’re not a model right now, you’re an actress,'" Renn told Fashionista. "The only difference between modeling and acting is that models have one second to tell a story and actresses have two hours.”
Karl Lagerfeld seems to be in an Empire State of Mind. The designer, who used NYC as the backdrop for his Chanel ad, was also inspired by the city for his Fall '10 Fendi campaign. In a midcentury set designed by Stefan Beckman, Karl conjured Anja Rubik and Baptiste Giabiconi to depict an "Italian couple in downtown New York." The mood is vintage cinematic, with Anja dressed in decadent fur and classic suiting. The old-school hairdo and makeup furthers the retro vibe, while funky footwear supplies a modern touch. Are you feeling it?
>> Karl Lagerfeld Debuts New Short Film, To Make Cameo on Gossip Girl? —Karl Lagerfeld has stepped behind the camera once again to capture Dree Hemingway, Abbey Lee Kershaw, and Baptiste Giabiconi in "Shopping Fever," a trailer-like short film for a movie that doesn't exist, featuring Chanel's Pre-Fall 2010 collection — video below. But will Lagerfeld be making a cameo on the small screen? Paparazzi captured him stepping out from the Ritz Paris together with Blake Lively — where Gossip Girl is currently shooting on location — and two of the show's stars, Lively and Leighton Meester, were front row at Chanel couture today. [Chanel News, Glamour, @HilaryAlexander]
With just two days before the official start of the Cannes Film Festival, Karl Lagerfeld debuted his own movie, Remember Now, in St. Tropez last night. The fashionable crowd — ranging from admiring celebs, like Diane Kruger, to models such as Vanessa Paradis — were all present to support Karl's latest endeavor. The 17-minute movie, which will also be shown at Chanel's Cruise 2011 presentation today, features Karolina Kurkova, Elisa Sednaoui, and Pascal Greggory. Models Freja Beha Erichsen, Baptiste Giabiconi, Abbey Lee Kershaw, Leigh Lezark, and Heidi Mount also play supporting roles. Check out the trailer to experience a day in the life of the rich and beautiful.
>> First Look: Karl Lagerfeld's New Short Film, Remember Now —Last night's flight from New York to Nice, transporting a number of journalists and Karolina Kurkova to Saint Tropez for Chanel's Cruise 2011 presentation tomorrow, was delayed by six hours due to volcanic ash, but it ended up landing just fine this morning. Kurkova appears in Karl Lagerfeld's new short film, Remember Now, to be presented at the show tomorrow, along with actors Elisa Sednaoui and Pascal Greggory in the leading roles, and Freja Beha Erichsen, Magdalena Frackowiak, Baptiste Giabiconi, Sebastien Jondeau, Abbey Lee Kershaw, Leigh Lezark, and Heidi Mount supporting. The trailer, below. [Chanel News]
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Eric Wilson generously played the video-game version of Project Runway so you won't have to.
Michael Herz and Graeme Fidler announce they are resigning from the creative helm of Aquascutum.
Diane von Furstenberg will be designing 20 rooms for Claridge's in London.
Lagerfeld's muse, Baptiste Giabiconi, is working on an album.
Alexa Chung is regularly the number one most searched-for name on eBay.
Halston announces plans to relaunch a menswear collection.
>> 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]
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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