Karl Lagerfeld to Switch on Champs-Élysées Holiday Lights

FAMILY AFFAIR: After Chanel brand ambassador Lily-Rose Depp last year, Karl Lagerfeld himself will switch on the holiday lights on the Avenue des Champs-Élysées in Paris this year.
The designer, who helms Chanel and Fendi, in addition to his own Karl Lagerfeld brand, is set to inaugurate the holiday decorations on the famed retail thoroughfare at a ceremony on Nov. 22 alongside Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo.
The Comité des Champs-Élysées has joined forces again with lighting specialist Blachère Illumination, which has opted for a red color scheme with LED highlights to create sparkle. The lights will be switched on between 5 p.m. and 10 p.m. from Nov. 22 to Jan. 9, and will stay on all night on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve.
Galeries Lafayette on Wednesday kicked off the season, unveiling its holiday decorations in the presence of Piaget brand ambassador Jessica Chastain. The jewelry brand designed the massive Christmas tree under the historic cupola of the department store’s flagship on Boulevard Haussmann.
Rival store Printemps was set to reveal its holiday windows on Thursday in the presence of model and actress Laetitia Casta, representing French jeweler Boucheron.

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Karl Lagerfeld Designs Chanel Costumes for ‘Boléro’ Pas de Deux

COSTUME PARTY: There’s no slowing perennial overachiever Karl Lagerfeld, who has designed two Chanel costumes for the pas de deux of “Bolero,” which will be performed by Diana Vishneva, prima ballerina of the Mariinsky Ballet, and Aurélie Dupont, director of dance at the Paris Opera Ballet, at the latter company’s opening gala at the Palais Garnier on Thursday night.
The performance will be part of a new entry into the repertory of the Paris Opera Ballet: “Decadance” by Ohad Naharin, one of the world’s foremost contemporary choreographers, as a one-shot special appearance.
“Ravel’s ‘Boléro’ has always been one of my most favorite pieces of music in the world,” Lagerfeld said. “It was the first classical record I bought when I was 16 years old.”
Dupont said that after weeks of rehearsing for a show, “where we work on the positions and reflect on the role, putting on the costume allows us to completely metamorphose, to embody a role.”
“The costume is the finishing touch that allows you to become the character,” she added.
Opening with the presentation of the Ballet Corps — a tradition established by Serge Lifar, a friend of Gabrielle Chanel — where the opera dancers will parade to “La Marche des Troyens” by

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EXCLUSIVE: Karl Lagerfeld Teams With Puma for Capsule Range

IT TAKES TWO: It’s a busy season for the Karl Lagerfeld brand, which is gearing up for the worldwide launch on Oct. 19 of a men’s and women’s capsule with Puma. It caps the sports brand’s Suede 50 program of collaborations marking the 50th anniversary of its original Suede sneaker. While originally focused on the shoe, the project grew into a 13-piece capsule fusing the brands’ respective codes.
Items include a women’s cropped T-shirt and jumpsuit based on Puma’s archive T7 tracksuit with 7-mm. stripes. Men’s pieces include a slim-fit hoodie with matching sweatpants and logo T-shirts. A backpack, shoulder bag and baseball cap sport custom Karl Lagerfeld x Puma branding, with prices for the capsule ranging from 40 euros to 175 euros.
The line includes two unisex Suede sneakers inspired by Lagerfeld’s personal style: a tuxedo jacket, high white collar, tie and sunglasses — reinterpreted through graphics, say, or in playful details like removable sunglasses.
The collection will be available for pre-sale at karl.com and puma.com from Oct. 18, rolling out to Karl Lagerfeld and Puma stores as well as selected retailers worldwide the next day.
Other brands and personalities to have collaborated on Puma’s Suede 50 program across 2017 and 2018 include Ferrari, Michael

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EXCLUSIVE: Karl Lagerfeld Unveils Kaia Gerber Capsule

PARIS — The Karl Lagerfeld brand has lifted the curtain on rising model-of-the-moment Kaia Gerber’s first big design project — a capsule set to launch on Aug. 30.
Marking the company’s largest collaborative project to date, the sporty mix-and-match line, dubbed Karl Lagerfeld x Kaia, will be released exclusively on Karl.com and with a yet-to-be-announced e-commerce player for a period of two weeks before rolling out to a network of premium retailers internationally. The launch will be accompanied by a series of events in Los Angeles, New York and Paris this fall.
Encompassing ready-to-wear, accessories, footwear, sunglasses and jewelry, the day-to-night capsule carries a Paris-to-L.A. story line, with Gerber — Cindy Crawford’s 16-year-old daughter and doppelgänger — injecting a contemporary Malibu-cool vibe into the looks.
Items include a wetsuit-inspired bodysuit emblazoned with the Karl Lagerfeld x Kaia logo; logo hoodies and biker jackets, and a double-breasted tuxedo jacket worn as a dress and paired with thigh-high socks and a cap to give an American teenager vibe à la Britney Spears.

A look from the Karl Lagerfeld x Kaia capsule. 
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All the Lagerfeld signature black is balanced with touches of soft pink, including a look pairing a chunky sweater with a leather miniskirt. Accessories include monogram chokers,

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Karl Lagerfeld Partners With Christofle on Limited-edition Cutlery Set

FORKING OUT: Karl Lagerfeld is branching out into silverware.
The designer is teaming with upscale French brand Christofle on a limited-edition cutlery set as part of its Mood collection. Launching in the fall, the flatware will be available in two egg-shaped storage capsules dressed in a play on shadow and light, inspired by the Art Deco movement.
Lagerfeld was one of the world’s foremost collectors of Art Deco furnishings before selling his collection at auction in 1975 — though the period continues to feed into his streamlined design aesthetic.
His designs for Christofle, which will be signed and numbered, will be available for preorder during New York Fashion Week in September at The Webster New York, the Christofle store on Madison Avenue, the Karl Lagerfeld store in SoHo and on the two brands’ respective web sites.
To coincide with London Fashion Week, they will go on preorder at Harrods department store and the Karl Lagerfeld store on Regent Street beginning Sept. 14.
As the fashion caravan moves to Paris, they will go on sale exclusively at the Christofle store on Rue Saint-Honoré and the Karl Lagerfeld boutique on Boulevard Saint-Germain from Sept. 25, before a worldwide launch on Oct. 1.
In the meantime, Christofle will celebrate

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EXCLUSIVE: Kaia Gerber Designs Capsule Collection With Karl Lagerfeld

PARIS — Move over, Gigi — there’s a new “It” girl in town.
Only three months after her stellar debut catwalk season, Kaia Gerber has inked her first big design collaboration, with Karl Lagerfeld, no less. The 16-year-old daughter of Cindy Crawford has worked on a capsule collection that will hit stores in September, WWD has learned exclusively.
Consisting of ready-to-wear and accessories, including footwear, sunglasses and jewelry, the line is described as blending Lagerfeld’s Parisian chic aesthetic and Gerber’s signature West Coast casual style, which has garnered her 2.7 million followers on Instagram.
The Karl Lagerfeld x Kaia collection will launch globally in Karl Lagerfeld stores, online at Karl.com and with select wholesale partners.
Lagerfeld singled out Gerber as a rising talent months before her breakout season in September, which saw her walk the catwalk for 18 brands, including Calvin Klein, Prada, Saint Laurent and Versace.
She ended it with an honor most seasoned models would die for: Opening the Chanel show for Lagerfeld, who in addition to heading his own label is creative director of Chanel and Italian fur specialist Fendi.
“When Karl first told us his idea to collaborate with Kaia, we were all excited by the incredible potential and power of bringing their

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EXCLUSIVE: Karl Lagerfeld Inks Denim License With Italy’s Giada SpA

PARIS — Karl Lagerfeld, who has been partial to skinny jeans for more than a decade, is getting his own denim line.
The fashion brand has inked a multiyear license agreement with Italy’s Giada SpA for the production and distribution of its new Karl Lagerfeld Denim collection in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. The first collection for men and women is to debut at retail in spring 2019.
“The launch of Karl Lagerfeld Denim is an exciting, high-potential addition to our brand’s diverse product portfolio,” said Pier Paolo Righi, chief executive officer of Karl Lagerfeld. He called Giada a “leading producer and marketer of premium denim production, and we are fascinated by their love for product details. We look forward to working with them to build this business.”
The development comes as the brand is preparing to unveil its revamped men’s wear collection at the Pitto Uomo trade show this week.
The Lagerfeld and Karl Lagerfeld labels have been fused under a single Karl Lagerfeld collection, which is being presented alongside a capsule line curated by the designer’s longtime personal assistant Sébastien Jondeau, as reported.

A look from the Karl Lagerfeld men’s line being presented at Pitti Uomo. 
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Founded in 1987, Giada is the maker

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Karl Lagerfeld Renews Long-Term Eyewear License With Marchon

EYE SEE: Karl Lagerfeld and Marchon Eyewear Inc., are renewing their global eyewear licensing agreement until 2023.
The alliance covers the exclusive design, development, production and distribution of men’s and women’s ophthalmic and sunglass collections under the Karl Lagerfeld brand name. The companies linked up in 2007, with the debut collections launching the following year.
Following the relaunch of the Lagerfeld brand in 2012, they inked a five-year agreement in 2013, which was due to expire next year.
“Over the past 10 years, Marchon has proved to be a trusted partner that shares our passion for premium quality product and cutting-edge design innovation,” said Pier Paolo Righi, chief executive officer of Karl Lagerfeld.
“As we continue to grow our overall business, we look forward to further expanding our iconic eyewear across the globe,” he added.
Nicola Zotta, ceo and president of Marchon — which also produces eyewear for brands such as Calvin Klein, Chloé, Marni and Salvatore Ferragamo — said it was proud of the long-standing relationship.
“We look forward to continuing to collaborate with this innovative, fashion-conscious brand to captivate our consumers and successfully grow the Karl Lagerfeld eyewear business globally,” he said.
Karl Lagerfeld has a network of more than 80 mono-brand points of sale

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Karl Lagerfeld: In Their Own Words

What’s Karl Lagerfeld’s greatest contribution to fashion? An array of industry figures weigh in:
 
“Karl Lagerfeld has set a unique design path ever since his first collections and collaborations with major luxury houses such as Fendi. Never has anyone deployed such inventiveness and coherence in fashion over such a long period. If I had to pinpoint the source of his talent, I would seek it in drawing: Karl sketches admirably well, he has an artist’s eye and a craftsman’s hand. He is a rare combination of a deep European culture, a keen sense of line and silhouette, and a continuously renewed passion for the tradition of artisanal professions whose know-how he invigorates with each collection. I am infinitely grateful to him for his friendship and his loyalty. He knows how deeply I respect and admire him.” — Bernard Arnault
 
“I doubt that Karl Lagerfeld has ever been bored in his life. He takes his inspiration from so many places and so many things. He took on the codes of Coco Chanel’s iconic brand and injected it with a spirit and creativity that has kept it modern and relevant to women of all ages. He has such energy and such incredible influence, not

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Karl Lagerfeld to Get Photo Exhibition in Paris

KARL IN THE FRAME: Karl Lagerfeld trains his camera on wherever his varied interests take him: fashion, architecture, Paris at night and all manner of personalities.
All that and more will be reflected in “Karl Lagerfeld: A Visual Journey,” an exhibition of his photography slated to open Oct. 16 and run until March 20 at the Pinacothèque de Paris, a private museum just behind the Madeleine Church.
The showcase is being chosen by publisher Gerhard Steidl and Eric Pfrunder, image director at Chanel and one of the designer’s chief image collaborators, who in 1987 encouraged Lagerfeld to try his hand shooting the photos for a Chanel press kit. That would open up a new career path for the German designer, who would go on to shoot campaigns for Chanel, Fendi, Dior Homme and others, along with editorial shoots, and a slew of artistic projects for exhibitions or books.
“People always want to know about my style of photography. I can’t answer that,” according to Lagerfeld. “That’s up to viewers to decide. I don’t have a style, but several, or none. You should never stay still, neither in life, nor in fashion, nor in photography.”
Similarly, Lagerfeld experiments with all kinds of photographic and printing

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Karl Lagerfeld Unveils First Kids Collection

CHILD’S PLAY: Kids and grown-ups munched on cotton candy and Karl Lagerfeld-stamped marshmallows at an event to present the new Karl Kids collection on Wednesday at Karl Lagerfeld’s headquarters in Paris.
Workshops for kids included one to make a key chain in the shape of Karl Lagerfeld’s profile and a pattern coloring workshop where kids could dress a Karl Lagerfeld figurine.
Lagerfeld’s fashions are now offered for boys and girls from newborn up to 16 years old, along with a range of accessories including black gloves, a black tie and a Choupette headband, named after Lagerfeld’s pet cat.
The feline also appears as the whiskered logo festooned on the clothes.
Lagerfeld’s signature kids’ wear collection is set for spring 2016 retailing, with France’s Groupe CWF having the global license.
Selected pieces will be available at children’s e-retailer Melijoe in December before the full collection rolls out to multibrand stores and department stores internationally in January.
French actress Céline Sallette came with her 6-year-old daughter Alice. “She wants to decide what she wears now,” Sallette uttered with a sigh, while browsing the collection.
The actress has a flurry of films set for release by year-end including “Les Rois du Monde” and “Cessez-le-feu” with Romain Duris as well as the second season of

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Have You Seen Karl Lagerfeld? Fashion’s Answer to Where’s Waldo Is Here

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It all started at Café de Flore. On a picturesque corner of the Boulevard Saint-Germain, the onetime postwar intellectuals’ hangout is constantly filled with designers and editors, trading Fashion Week gossip year-round. Three summers ago during the couture shows in Paris, Stacey Caldwell had popped by for a glass of champagne, when she spotted a familiar white powdered ponytail and fingerless black gloves—Karl Lagerfeld, of course, stopping to pick up his morning paper.

Caldwell, vice president of global wholesale at Thakoon, had made a game of spotting Lagerfeld on her frequent trips to Paris—Karl browsing the racks at Colette, for instance—but on that particular day, she paid more attention to the giddy fans approaching the Kaiser. “They would act like they were the only ones lucky enough to spot him, and then two minutes later someone else would do the exact same thing,” she says.



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Conferring with her longtime friend Ajiri Aki, a fashion video producer based in Paris’s Eleventh Arrondissement, they decided to write a fashion-forward children’s book parody, starring the industry’s most iconic living figure. Where’s Karl?, out next month from Random House, follows a fictional blogger named Florence de la Sabine, or Fleur, as she chases Karl and the international fashion flock through fifteen cities in twelve months—from Chanel’s Grand Palais show in Paris to Art Basel Miami Beach, even on Christmas vacation to Tulum. “That tells you a lot about the psyche of the industry,” Aki says. “Everyone claims to be tired of it, but secretly, they love it.”

Each scene was drawn from thousands of reference photos that the two shared on Pinterest boards with illustrator Michelle Baron. There’s Thakoon and Lily Aldridge raiding the cash register in Karl’s Hong Kong pop-up, while Phoebe Philo and Riccardo Tisci pose next to Hello Kitty in Shibuya. In New York for the Met Gala, you’ll even find the Olsen twins wearing the exact vintage ballgowns they sported at last year’s Charles James–themed event.

“That’s the real fun—you think you’re looking for Karl,” Caldwell says, “but you’re recognizing all these fashion people along the way.”

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A World First: Karl Lagerfeld Fashion Exhibition Opens in Bonn, Germany

Photo: Courtesy of the Bundeskunsthalle Bonn

Never in human history has a single fashion designer been as prolific as Karl Lagerfeld. Today, his name represents just as much an exhaustive body of work as an iconic character, one that rose to fame in the second half of the twentieth century to dominate the catwalks of Milan and Paris. His formidable talent has stretched far and wide, as he designed (and continues to, in most cases) multiple collections a year for Fendi, Chloé, Karl Lagerfeld, and, first and foremost, Chanel. Opening this week at the Bundeskunsthalle of Bonn, Germany, a selection of his most emblematic creations from all four houses has been brought together by Lady Amanda Harlech, his consultant and long-time muse, and Rein Wolfs, the museum’s director, in the world’s most comprehensive exhibition of his work to date.



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“It is not a retrospective, it’s a future-spective,” proclaimed Amanda, opening the show this morning dressed in a sweeping black lace–trained skirt and pearl-clasped Chanel blouse. “The idea was to show Karl’s complete oeuvre, something that has never been done before,” she adds, standing before a lightbox drawing desk that has been transported from Paris. Re-created as though Lagerfeld had just stood up from an intense sketching session, a box of Henri Roche pastels sits open amongst reams of paper on one corner, a Helmut Newton monograph dedicated Für Helmut Von Karl is propped among folios on another, and the desk itself is surrounded by Galignani bookshop bags overflowing with weighty tomes. “It begins at the desk,” continues Harlech. “In Paris, he has about five in one loft space, and they are all like this, some with more papers and books and fabrics on them, and each desk is used for a different project, a different collection. You’ve even got [Lagerfeld’s cat] Choupette’s bowl!”



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Designed by Gerhard Steidl, the noted photo book publisher who is also responsible for Lagerfeld’s numerous photography exhibitions, the exhibition is mapped out maison after maison, following a somewhat masculine, Germanic streetscape theme (after Chanel’s spring 2015 show) where tarmac-like flooring meets racing stripes and the graffiti-strewn concrete walls of an industrial bunker. The overall atmosphere, however, is light and feminine, and the show’s first garment is perhaps the most personal: an off-the-shoulder coat in yellow wool that was painstakingly recreated to mirror one Lagerfeld designed for the 1954 Woolmark prize (he won, of course).



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Further on, some of his most accomplished Fendi furs are lined up like an army of Roman ladies, facing forward and back-dropped by a Roman streetscape film. A far wall is dotted with sequined Baguette bags and shaggy, colored footwear, framing Fendi’s pop accessories in a stark metal grid. Frivolous fur aside, Lagerfeld’s Chloé era is perhaps the exhibition’s liveliest chapter, as mannequins 3-D-scanned from supermodel Saskia de Brauw’s likeness don a host of glamorous, feminine dresses from the seventies and eighties. Posed amid a dramatic display of giant paper fans, they come paired with Sam McKnight’s outrageous wigs—coifs modeled after Pat Cleveland, Grace Coddington, Liza Minnelli, and Jerry Hall, no less.



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And this is all before the Chanel. Featuring more than 60 looks from Lagerfeld’s time at the house, Harlech and Wolfs’s overview of this seminal collaboration is dense and delightful, with sections like “Dress as Uniform,” “Archetypes,” and “Evolution of Tweed” stripping Lagerfeld’s work of chronological order and drawing fascinating comparisons between early and recent designs. Curtains of croquis sketches are hung from the ceiling, shiny buttons peer out from wall vitrines, and a final chamber poses a meticulous selection of precious haute couture gowns in a spectacular tableau vivant. They sit beneath a shivering ceiling display of white paper foliage that seemingly pours in columns out of books positioned across the floor. “They are Karl’s unrealized ideas,” explains exhibition consultant Chris Sutton, of Wanda Barcelona’s paper couture installation. “We have a curtain of blank sketchbooks at the end,” says Harlech. “They are just waiting for the next collection to be designed, led down the road by the beautiful (pregnant) wedding dress from the July 2014 couture show, so that, with a sense of the genius of Karl’s artistic sensibility, we are led out into the future.”

“Karl Lagerfeld : ModeMethode” opens March 28 and will be on view at the Bundeskunsthalle Bonn through September 13, 2015.

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