There’s an old joke that’s been around for years. It goes like this: If a nuclear bomb is dropped at some point in the future there will only be two things left on earth: cockroaches and Keith Richards. I would like to amend that to read “cockroaches, Keith Richards and Karl Lagerfeld.”
Karl Lagerfeld interviewed by Jessica Chastain at Alice Tully Hall in Manhattan
Frankly, I’m in awe of Lagerfeld. His incredible creativity, energy and workaholic approach to life is astounding. It seems as if he never stops. He was quite coy about his age for years – but now it seems he has thrown caution to the wind. Why not? What he’s doing right now is pretty remarkable. First of all:
LAGERFELD IS CREATIVE DIRECTOR OF CHANEL AND FENDI AS WELL AS HIS OWN FASHION LABEL…
plus he’s an artist and photographer. Each one of these pursuits is a career in itself. In a fascinating article that appeared in the 150th Anniversary Issue of Bazaar in November 2017 a number of insights about Lagerfeld are revealed.
For example, in this “As told to Christopher Tennant” piece Lagerfeld says,
“I have survived in the world pretty well, but that is mostly because I’m lucky. [Comment: I’m a big believer in luck – there are whole books written about this topic. I think it’s more important than most of us would like to believe.]
He notes that, “I have lifelong contracts at two billion-dollar companies, Fendi and Chanel, which gives me a level of freedom that – let’s be honest – nobody else in fashion really has.” He has been with Fendi for 52 years and Chanel for 35. Wow! Those are powerful numbers!
Shown: Fendi’s spectacular couture show celebrating the company’s 90th anniversary in Rome. A massive transparent runway was laid over the Trevi Fountain’s pool. Photo: Courtesy of Elle
Shown: Lagerfeld with the five Fendi sisters a number of years ago. Photo: Courtesy of Elle magazine.
Check Out These Revealing Comments from Lagerfeld
A Chanel ad in the Financial Times, “How to Spend It” 11/6/17
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I’ve never liked cheapskates. I once worked with a guy who – when we went out to lunch – would make sure he only paid for what he ordered. And when it came to figuring the tax he made sure the other person paid the extra penny. The result was that, instead of just “splitting the bill” there was a lot of bookkeeping and figuring going on. After awhile no one would go out with him.
On November 1, 2019, I decided to visit MoMA on 53rd Street between Fifth and Sixth Avenues to see the final result of this stupendous project that opened for all to see on October 21st. Frankly, I was amazed at the number of people who showed up. After all, it was a Friday afternoon at 4:00 pm. People should be at work – or at school I thought. Or, was it because this was the day after Halloween? Obviously, I’m a bit out of it because MoMA was like Times Square on New Year’s Eve – but not quite. Everyone was very well behaved and incredibly focused and interested in the art.
On Tuesday, October 8, 2019 – the first day of Yom Kippur – we headed out to our favorite Kips Bay Theatre (2nd Avenue and 31st Street) for a 6:20 pm showing of Downton Abbey. Kips Bay currently has a terrific deal: If one signs up for an “Insider” card (it’s free) you can see a first run movie at any time during the day or night on Tuesdays for $6.00 – which is pretty incredible. Or, paraphrasing The Godfather, I’d say, “That’s an offer we couldn’t refuse.”
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