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 just read an article that sounded – to me at least – like “a canary in a coal mine” or an early warning of danger. This piece, written by Joe Pompeo, appeared in the May 2020 issue of Vanity Fair magazine with the title “The British Tabloid Invasion” and a subtitle that read, “How the Daily Mail is conquering American gossip.”
The paparazzi horde, La Dolce Vita, 1960 – photo courtesy of Vanity Fair
Apparently the good old U.S. is a nation of “not great” sleepers. Really? And I thought I was the only one! According to a recent study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention it was revealed that one out of three Americans are chronically sleep-deprived. Yikes!
I think we’re all taken by the incredible mystique of the famous French fashion house, Hermès that has been with us for two centuries and is still owned and operated by the same family. From its beginnings in fine equestrian leather goods, they are – in the tumultuous year 2020 – best known for their handbags and many other items.
My image of Hermès has always been rarified products at equally rarified prices so imagine my surprise when I recently received a very stylish publication of theirs in the mail.
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