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The Chanel by Karl Lagerfeld Pre-Fall 2014 « Métiers d’Art » Collection, unveiled in Dallas Fair Park, on December 10, 2013, is a tribute to the history of Dallas.

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Posted by on December 11, 2013 in Places


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Fendi AW1314 ad

The Karl Lagerfeld-shot Fendi Autumn/Winter 2013-2014 advertising campaign, starring Cara Delevingne, pays homage to Rome.

Some Rome-inspired collections : Alberta Ferretti Spring/Summer 2008 (this collection was based on the Greco-Roman imagery), Damir Doma Spring/Summer 2012 Menswear (this show, titled « Into Rooms of Light », was influenced by the luxuriant decay of William Klein’s « Rome »), Vera Wang Spring/Summer 2008 (this collection paid tribute to ancient Rome).

Moreover, Fendi has created the « Fendi for Fountains » fund to restore Rome’s Trevi fountain, then 4 other Roman fountains (from 2013 until 2017).

Photo : Karl Lagerfeld / Courtesy of Fendi



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Posted by on July 8, 2013 in Places


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Kiki de Montparnasse

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Kiki de Montparnasse inspired the burnt-purple lips, by Peter Philips, of the Fendi by Karl Lagerfeld and Silvia Venturini Fendi Autumn/Winter 2013-2014 Show.

Some Kiki de Montparnasse-inspired collections : Bibhu Mohapatra Autumn/Winter 2013-2014 (Man Ray’s photographs of muses such as Kiki de Montparnasse influenced this show), Jil Sander by Raf Simons Spring/Summer 2009 (Man Ray’s « Noire et Blanche / Black and White » portrait of Kiki de Montparnasse was projected on the backcloth of the runway), John Galliano Autumn/Winter 2007-2008 (this collection was partly inspired by the Pigalle of Kiki de Montparnasse).

Furthermore, Kiki de Montparnasse is also the name of a luxury lingerie brand.

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Posted by on June 30, 2013 in Uncategorized


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Chanel Resort 14The Chanel by Karl Lagerfeld Resort 2014 Collection, unveiled on May 9, 2013 in Singapore, is partly inspired by the black-and-white traditional woven curtains that decorate Singapore’s houses.

Another Singapore-inspired collection : Zac Posen Resort 2013 (the starting point of this collection was a trip to Singapore, where, in spite of the high levels of humidity, Zac Posen noticed that the women were wearing corsets, gowns and suits).

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Posted by on May 10, 2013 in Places


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Anna Wintour

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The fur hats of the Chanel by Karl Lagerfeld Autumn/Winter 2013-2014 Show are based on Anna Wintour’s iconic hairstyle.

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Posted by on March 11, 2013 in Uncategorized


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A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Chanel Couture SS13The Chanel by Karl Lagerfeld Couture Spring/Summer 2013 Show was a gothic version of William Shakespeare’s « A Midsummer Night’s Dream ».

Other « A Midsummer Night’s Dream »-inspired collections or campaign : Badgley Mischka Spring/Summer 2013 (this collection was based on the haunting beauty of the Max Reinhardt and William Dieterle-directed «A Midsummer Night’s Dream» film), Blumarine Spring/Summer 2013 ( wrote that this collection was reminiscent of a country-house costume-box production of « A Midsummer Night’s Dream »), Elspeth Gibson Spring/Summer 2013, Erdem Spring/Summer 2009 (this collection referenced images of the ’70s theater productions of « A Midsummer Night’s Dream »), Erdem Spring/Summer 2011 (to describe the makeup, by Andrew Gallimore for M.A.C, and the hair, by Charles Worthington for Wella, of this show, « Vogue » wrote that it was a mix between a Ballets Russes’s ballerina and a « Midsummer Night’s Dream »’s fairy), Givenchy by Riccardo Tisci Couture Autumn/Winter 2007-2008 (« British Vogue » wrote that this show was an exotic version of « A Midsummer Night’s Dream »), Henrik Vibskov Spring/Summer 2010 (« British Vogue » wrote that this collection was like a vanguard performance of « A Midsummer Night’s Dream »), Levi’s® (in 2005, the advertising film for the « 501 » jeans, with Anti-Form, directed by Noam Murro, was a contemporary version of « A Midsummer Night’s Dream »), Tristan Webber Spring/Summer 2002 (« A Midsummer Night’s Dream »-style show, presented at the David Gill Gallery, in London), Valentino by Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pier Paolo Piccioli Couture Autumn/Winter 2009-2010 (this collection echoed « A Midsummer Night’s Dream »), Yves Saint Laurent Couture Autumn/Winter 1980-1981 (not specifically influenced by « A Midsummer Night’s Dream », but this collection was an homage to William Shakespeare’s work), Zac Posen Autumn/Winter 2004-2005 (the pixie models who opened this show could have been taken from « A Midsummer Night’s Dream »).

Moreover, for his directed version of Stephen Sondheim’s « A Little Night Music », which opened on June 6, 2010 at the Opera Theater of St. Louis, Isaac Mizrahi drew inspiration from « A Midsummer Night’s Dream », and Alexander McQueen had the quote « Love looks not with the eyes but with the mind », from « A Midsummer Night’s Dream », tattoed on his arm.

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Posted by on January 24, 2013 in Uncategorized


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Chanel Pre-Fall 2013Scotland, where Coco Chanel spent some time with the Duke of Westminster, her then-lover, influenced the Chanel by Karl Lagerfeld Pre-Fall 2013 Show, « Paris-Edinburgh », that took place on December 4, 2012 at the Linlithgow Palace, in Linlithgow, West Lothian.

Other Scotland-inspired collections : Alexander McQueen Autumn/Winter 1995-1996 (named « Highland Rape », this collection, about the 18th-century Jacobite Risings and the 19th-century Highland Clearances, was Alexander McQueen’s shout against some English designers who were creating flamboyant Scottish clothes ; it was also the 1st time that Alexander McQueen’s tartan was showcased), Alexander McQueen Autumn/Winter 2006-2007 (named « Widows of Culloden », this collection was inspired by the 1745 slaughter of the Scottish Jacobites by the English), Corrie Nielsen Autumn/Winter 2012-2013 (collection influenced by the Scottish Highlands), Holly Fulton Autumn/Winter 2011-2012 (collection inspired in part by the time that Coco Chanel spent in Scotland with the Duke of Westminster), House of Holland Autumn/Winter 2008-2009 (tartan-inspired collection), Jean-Charles de Castelbajac Couture Autumn/Winter 2000-2001 (this collection, named « Bellintellingentsia », showcased tartan motifs, especially the Royal Stewart tartan), Jean Paul Gaultier Spring/Summer 2013 Menswear (the pleated kilts were inspired by Scotland ; moreover, the Scottish kilt is one of Jean Paul Gaultier’s signature, especially in his Spring/Summer 1984 collection, named « The Return of the print / Le Retour de l’imprimé », his Autumn/Winter 1987-1988 Menswear collection, called « The Rock Stars / Les Rock Stars », his Autumn/Winter 1991-1992 Menswear collection, dubbed « The Prisoner / Le Prisonnier », his Autumn/Winter 1998-1999 Menswear collection, « Like a Prayer », and the Hermès by Jean Paul Gaultier Spring/Summer 2007 collection), L.A.M.B. Autumn/Winter 2005-2006 (Gwen Stefani, one of the most fervent admirer of tartan, has particularly highlighted tartan in this collection), Louis Vuitton by Marc Jacobs Autumn/Winter 2004-2005 (collection inspired in part by Scottish romanticism), Vivienne Westwood (the Scottish tartan is recurrent in Vivienne Westwood’s collections, especially in her Autumn/Winter 1989-1990 collection, « Trip to Cythera », and in her « Anglomania » Autumn/Winter 1997-1998 collection).

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Posted by on December 6, 2012 in Places


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Stars and Stripes

Stars and Stripes inspired the « American Villa / Villa Américaine » theme of the Chanel by Karl Lagerfeld Spring/Summer 2008 Show, named « Stars ».

Other collections with Stars and Stripes-inspired pieces : Balmain by Christophe Decarnin Spring/Summer 2011 (« Stars and Stripes » print on a vest), Catherine Malandrino Autumn/Winter 2001-2002 (this collection, named « Flag », was dedicated to the Stars and Stripes), Catherine Malandrino Spring/Summer 2009 (« Stars and Stripes » printed dress), Comme des Garçons for Speedo (« Stars and Stripes » motif, mixed with ancient Japanese « kokoro » calligraphy, for the swimsuits of Team USA, for Beijing’s 2008 Olympics), De Beers Spring/Summer 2009 (« US Tag » pendant, reproducing the « Stars and Stripes » motif), Di Mauro (« The Big 4 / Les Quatre Grands » shoes, with « Stars and Stripes » motif, among other flags, in the collection that was launched in 1944), Dolce & Gabbana Spring/Summer 2002 (« Stars and Stripes » motif, with one « I Love NY » slogan, on a vest), Gant Spring/Summer 2010 (the American flag was the main inspiration of this collection), Jean-Charles de Castelbajac Spring/Summer 1982 (« American Flag Dress », designed for Robert Mapplethorpe, signed « Robert Mapplethorpe ’82’ »), Jean-Charles de Castelbajac Spring/Summer 1986 (silk « American Flag Dress », with a painted portrait of John Wayne), Jean-Charles de Castelbajac Spring/Summer 2008 (minidress, mixing white stars on blue, and red and white stripes, in this collection, dubbed « Sportacus »), Jean-Charles de Castelbajac Spring/Summer 2009 (« VOTE4 » belt, with the « V » letter decorated with white stars on blue, and the « O », « T », « E » and « 4 » embellished with red and white stripes), Jimmy Choo (the « Stars and Stripes » featured, among other prints, in the Project PEP line, launched for Autumn/Winter 2009-2010), Léonard Spring/Summer 1984 (this collection was partly dedicated to the American flag), Ralph Lauren (Ralph Lauren presented the « Polo Jeans Co.’s Art Stars » exhibition, in London, during Autumn 2010, which presented 50 artists’ 3-D and denim visions of the American Star, to celebrate Polo Jeans’ logo), Repetto (ballerinas with a « Stars and Stripes » motif, exclusively made for the « New York Loves Printemps » exhibition, presented at Paris’ Printemps Haussmann, from August 28 to October 10, 2010), Tommy Hilfiger Autumn/Winter 2010-2011 (small « Stars and Stripes » motif on a cardigan ; moreover, the Stars and Stripes’ colors are part of Tommy Hilfiger’s DNA), ZouZou Shoez Spring/Summer 2009 (sneakers, handpainted by Marion Bartherotte, with a « Stars and Stripes » motif and Barack Obama’s portrait).

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Posted by on October 22, 2012 in Uncategorized


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