Mademoiselle Coco Privé

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No true Chanel fan should miss this. Gabrielle ‘Coco’ Chanel will come to life across three floors of London’s prime exhibition spot, the Saatchi Gallery, off King’s Road.

A colourful display of her journey through the placid and turbulent waves of fashion across the years will be showcased from October 13 to November 1, 2015 – free of charge. The exhibition will be named Mademoiselle Privé, name of the fashion legend’s workshop in Paris.

 

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This is not the first time she is honoured at the Saatchi Gallery, but it is the first time that her work, a re-edition of the high jewellery Bijoux de Diamants collection, Chanel No.5, and exclusive pieces designed exclusively by Karl Lagerfeld for the exhibition. The Bijoux de Diamants collection was designed by Coco in 1932, her first high jewellery collection designed by herself, inspired by the grey shades of fate during the Great Depression.

She wanted to ‘cover women with constellations’. Eighty years later, the French fashion house reinvented this collection, featuring 80 exquisite pieces. Lagerfeld, creative director of Chanel and the current creative director of Saatchi Gallery, will be presenting Chanel through his eyes……

 

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Fendi by Karl Lagerfeld Book Launched At Cannes Festival, 2015

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Fendi by Karl Lagerfeld Book (Click photo to enlarge)

‘Fendi by Karl Lagerfeld’ book by Karl Lagerfeld looks back at his tenure as creative director of the Roman furrier, which he joined in 1965. The distinctive book celebrates the designer’s 50-year collaboration, billed as the longest relationship in history between a designer and a fashion brand.

It’s a wooden box full of goodies that comprises of scrapbook with more than 200 sketches of directional Fendi looks done by the designer, a Q&A session and a USB stick with MP4 files that shows Lagerfeld sketching his memories live as he speaks.

During the 68th annual Cannes Film Festival, CEO Pietro Beccari and womenswear creative director Karl Lagerfeld hosted a special presentation of the ‘Fendi by Karl Lagerfeld’ book at the Plage Royale. Following the launch in French Riviera, Fendi reopened its newly renovated boutique at the Croisette in Cannes, which has been redesigned in lighter colors. The shop also highlights the brand’s craftsmanship as well as fast growing ready-to-wear collection. The exclusive launch party which took place on the shores of Cote d’Azure was attended by Fendi-clad celebrity guests like Lily Donaldson, Lindsey Wixson and Kendall Jenner.

A real must have! Published by Steidl, Fendi by Karl Lagerfeld book set will be available at Fendi boutiques and high-end bookstores worldwide from July for a little over $100.

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Karl Lagerfeld reveals details of upcoming fragrances

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Yakymour previously highlighted that Karl Lagerfeld had far more up his sleeve than fashion design, when we reported that the creative genius is set to release perfumes for both men and women in March. Now we can reveal the advertising campaign as well as details of the fragrances themselves.

Two of Karl’s favourite models, Kati Neischer and Baptiste Giabiconi, have been used to front the campaign telling a story of desire, irresistible attraction, magnetism, sensuality, between a seductive rock-and-roll duo. A renowned photographer, Karl shot the campaign, which he imagined in black and white, himself.

In the photos, Kati and Baptiste are shown embracing, their torsos bare and bodies becoming one, with Kati clinging to Baptiste with hands wearing studded gloves, exactly like the ones that Karl is never seen without.

I love perfume. I have worked with fragrances in the past and I’m thrilled to be launching new ones again today. I love women’s fragrances and I love men’s fragrances. They make life more beautiful. Perfume is like fashion for the nose…

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The scents are distinguished by the wake they leave behind, by their bottles, and by the images that embody them; with Karl’s signature being evident in the use only of high-quality raw materials, the use of black and white in the elegance of the design, the modernity of the metal used in the design, the aesthetic of the bottle’s body, and the fragrances’ attractiveness to men and women alike.

Karl is the edgiest designer in fashion and his two new fragrances echo this while conveying sophisticated elegance and classicism with a bold, modern twist.

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Karl Lagerfeld Eau de Parfum for Women is an elegent green floral, the creation of perfumers Christine Nagel and Serge Majoullier. The fragrance thrives on contrasts, opening with a burst of fresh lemon, enhanced by a velvety peach before flourishing into a full bouquet of roses, immaculate magnolias, and plumeria. Karl Lagerfeld Eau de Parfum for Women takes a contemporary approach to traditional perfumes (another signature in Karl’s fashions) with the addition of musks and powerful, dark, ambery woody notes in the base.

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Karl Lagerfeld Eau de Toilette for Men is a timeless, ultra modern aromatic, a creation of perfumer Jean-Christophe Hérault.  Featuring lavender and mandarin zest enhanced by crispy apple and violet leaves Karl Lagerfeld Eau de Toilette for Men is alluring and sensual. The scent ends with the woody, spicy notes of sandalwood and an amber blend, giving the fragrance a vibrant and elegant feel.

The bottle’s aesthetic is both high-tech and classic. I think now is the right time for it. A touch of high tech and a touch of classic glass for an exquisitely-formed bottle.

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Karl desired a perfume bottle that was a work of robust, streamlined art. The clear glass used for the women’s eau de parfum and the black glass bottle used for the men’s eau de toilette are both geometrically exact and feature Karl’s name stamped on the side in silver letters. This symmetry is only interrupted by graphic beveling at the base of the bottles. Like the collar of Karl’s favorite shirts, a large metal ring sits beneath the caps, which are engraved with the designer’s iconic silhouette. The etched steel ring is a nod to the brand’s accessories.

 

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Unlike some modern scents Karl Lagerfeld Eau de Parfum for Women and Eau de Toilette for Men both have longevity and a scent that blooms as it warms to your skin, making it one of Yakymours Top 2014 New Launch Recommendations

Both fragrance come in three sizes. Karl Lagerfeld Eau de Parfum for Women as 85ml, 45ml and 25ml. Karl Lagerfeld Eau de Toilette for Men as 100ml, 50ml and 30ml.

 

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Karl Lagerfeld to launch his own fragrance

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German fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld doesn’t stop at fashion design, from Coco-Cola bottles, the Volkswagen golf,  Hotel de Crillon suites to his latest experiment – perfume. This is not Lagerfeld’s first venture into the world of beauty – he has created collections for Shu Uemura and designed a pop up hair salon for Schwarzkopf.

Details on the scent have been kept secret. The only thing we do know is that the fragrance launches in March 2014, there’s one for men and one for women. The logo along with the hashtag #karlparfums was recently shared via social media, with the designer himself tweeting “Life isn’t a beauty contest. Intelligence lasts, youth and beauty are seasonal”.

 

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‘Once Upon A Time…’ by Karl Lagerfeld

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Karl Lagerfeld’s period film Once Upon a Time, which stars Keira Knightley as Gabrielle Chanel, is finally here – all 15 glorious minutes of it. The film marks a legendary 100 years for the French Maison.

In 1913, designer Gabrielle ‘Coco’ Chanel opens her first boutique in the French city of Deauville, from which she sold her hats.

Financed by her lover Arthur ‘Boy’ Capel, the seaside shop (located in Deauville) saw immediate success, and as they say, the rest is history. The subject of a new, black-and-white short film directed by current Chanel creative director Karl Lagerfeld, British star and face of Chanel Keira Knightley stars as the young Gabrielle, giving us a glimpse into Coco’s extraordinary fashion mind.

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‘Tweed jackets are very chic on a woman’ she observes in the film, which apparently was improvised, the stars making up their lines as they went along. In addition, Lagerfeld tapped favorite muses Stella Tennant, Saskia De Brauw, Lindsey Wixon, male model Brad Kroenig (and his 4-year old son Hudson), male model Jake Davies playing Gabrielle’s’s lover Arthur ‘Boy’ Capel. (the briefest hint of Lagerfeld fave Baptiste Giabiconi), and Sebastien Jondeau, Karl Lagerfeld’s strapping bodyguard. (more Baptiste), along with French actress Clotilde Hesme for roles in the film.

The designer-cum-director reportedly gave the actors (including Knightley, Clotilde Hesme, Lindsey Wixson, Stella Tennant and Tallulah Harlech) their lines just moments before shooting–which makes a lot of sense when you watch the film.

The dialogue is sometimes stilted and awkward. There’s one moment when Knightley, describing a hat to Amanda Harlech’s ‘lady of society’ character, seems at a loss for words. But then, since Lagerfeld was supposedly going for a ‘natural effect’ with the dialogue, that may have been the point. Or, maybe it has to do with the inexperience of some of the cast. Let’s just say we hope Lindsey Wixson, who plays Miss Wonderbilt, doesn’t try to make the transition from model to model/actress any time soon. Either way, it seems that long pauses and sort of awkward dialogue may be becoming a Chanel signature of sorts.

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Incidentally, Lindsey’s last name is misspelled in the film’s closing credits. She’s also listed as playing the exotically-named ‘Miss Wonderbilt’. That’s presumably a cute French typo in place of the actually-named ‘Miss Vanderbilt’. Saskia de Brauw’s cameo, as British poet Vita Sackville-West, is also typo-laden in the credits. Lady Sackville-West’s last name features only two letter ‘e’s, unfortunately.

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That being said, there’s still a lot to enjoy about the film, which is set at the first Chanel store in Deauville, circa 1913. We see Chanel interact with the city’s fashionable ladies and come up with the inspiration behind some of her most iconic designs. When Tennant’s character Lady de Grey tells Chanel she’s wearing her husband’s jacket, the designer remarks, “Tweed jackets are very chic on a woman”. Gabrielle always wanted to cover up her poor background and create her own story so she always had a taste for revolution. She had the idea to transform womenswear by shortening dresses, freeing the waist and cropping hair.

I’m sure Karl Lagerfeld is not going to be winning any awards for this, but it’s a bit of a treat to imagine the Normandy social scene and style at the time.

And of course it’s worth watching for the star cameos alone. Along with Tennant, the Harlechs, Wixson, Knightley, and Hesme, Ashleigh Good, Caroline de Maigret, Saskia de Brauw, Brad Kroenig, Hudson Kroenig, Jamie Bochert, Baptiste Giabiconi, Sebastien Jondeau, Jake Davies, and more also make appearances in amazing period costumes.

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Soundtrack:
‘Ah! Finalmente!’ extract from ‘Tosca’
Composed by Giacomo Puccini
Performed by Gottfried Hornik, Fernando Corena, José Carreras, Berliner Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan ℗ 1980 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Hamburg
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‘Io De´ Sospiri’ Extract from ‘Tosca’
Composed by Giacomo Puccini
Performed by Wolfgang Bünten, Berliner Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan ℗ 1980 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Hamburg

 

 

 

 

 

Karl Lagerfeld Karleidoscope

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German fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld launches new perfume for women Karleidoscope. It is said that Karl Lagerfeld Karleidoscope perfume, which will show up this fall, will allure, charm and delight any woman’s desire. It has a noble aura with an exceptional elegant, charismatic air.

Karleidoscope reveals not only the diversity of a muse, it reveals the aura of each individual woman!

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Karl Lagerfeld Karleidoscope is a modern interpretation of how a classical yet modern perfume could smell and look like. It blends green notes of angelica, soft violet, freesia, patchouli, heliotrope, benzoin and Tonka bean notes.

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Karleidoscope by Karl Lagerfeld comes in a cylindrical bottle that is much like a kaleidoscope. Italian model Bianca Balti is the face of this gorgeous fragrance.

Karl Lagerfeld Karleidoscope will be available in 30 and 60 ml Eau de Parfum.

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