The end of an era- Karl Lagerfeld

 

Fashion Designer Karl Lagerfeld has died at the age of 85. Famous for his groundbreaking designs at Chanel and Fendi, died after a short illness today.

Designer Karl Lagerfeld at Milan Fashion Week in 2017

Picture source: Getty Images

Karl Lagerfeld was born Karl Otto Lagerfeldt in 1933 in Germany. He removed the ‘t’ from his surname as he believed it sounded more commercial. He moved to Paris when he was a teenager, then became a design assistant for the legendary designer Pierre Balmain. Lagerfeld then went on to work at Fendi and Chloe. He is most famous for being the Creative Director at Chanel in 1983, ten years after Chanel’s founder Coco Chanel died. Karl Lagerfeld is celebrated and will be revered forever for bringing back Chanel into the forefront of luxury fashion in the 80s. The iconic designer dressed celebrated figures like Princess Diana, Nicole Kidman, Cate Blanchett, Madonna, Keira Knightley, Jennifer Lopez and Kylie Minogue. He is most famous for updating and modernising the classic Chanel tweed suit. The fashion genius was uncompromising in his work which earned him the nickname ‘Kaiser Karl’. Lagerfeld took Coco Chanel’s fashion house and reinvented into his very own. In his book, The world according to Karl, he said “I do what she never did. I had to find my mark. I had to go from what Chanel was to what it should be, could be, what it had been to something else”. Karl Lagerfeld had his own era at Chanel and can be debated to be (in my opinion) as iconic as Coco Chanel herself.

Lagerfeld was also an accomplished photographer who had Andy Warhol and Helmut Lang as friends and was also early on the designer x high street collaborations with H&M. He also shot many of Chanel’s advertising campaigns himself and was a book publisher.

One of my favourite quotes from Karl Lagerfeld was, “I am very much down to earth. Just not on this earth”. This quote alone gives you a deep insight into his character and his views. He was a larger than life character, one with very strong views, at times extremely controversial. My favourite moment from Karl Lagerfeld at Chanel, or moments shall I say were watching his collections at fashion week knowing that the set production designs were going to be better than the last. Who remembers when Karl Lagerfeld took us to Chanel’s supermarket during Paris Autumn/Winter 2014/15 fashion week? His set designs were literally works of art.

At the end of his career, Karl Lagerfeld was head of Chanel, Fendi & his own label. Though controversial for his remarks against celebrities such as Adele, his genius is unmatched. He will be remembered for his creative inventiveness but also his problematic remarks. Rest in Peace Lagerfeld. The end of the Lagerfeld Chanel era.

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All Shades Of Red

 

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An almost monochromatic look-I was battling on whether I should wear red trousers and I thought it would be way too much. Way too much! So I decided on a pair of flirty culottes I brought in the ASOS sale during the Christmas holidays.

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Do you have items of clothing that you just avoid? Bootcut jeans? Leggings? Jumpsuits? Mine, until recently was culottes. I felt that culottes did not suit my petite frame but I have found a couple that I love.

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Every now and then, I switch it up from my trusted studs. I should wear big earrings more often but I just have this fear that it will get caught onto something and my ears will fall off. Don’t ask me how this fear began, I do not have the answer.

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Here are more pictures of the outfit below:

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Outfit Details:

Polo neck- Marks & Spencer

Culottes- ASOS

Boots- Kurt Geiger

Bag-Chanel

Earrings-Topshop

 

  Stay Blessed! x

Pearl Choker

I have been wanting a statement necklace that has pearls in.  All I could find was the traditional one strand pearl necklaces which I already have. I am still on a mission to find a chunky pearl necklaces with many strands. Any ideas?

Many of you may have seen the Zara pearl choker which has been made popular by fashion bloggers. I think its such a elegant yet edgy necklace that can be worn day in and day out.

Mother of pearl 6 (zara)  Mother of pearl 7 (Zara)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Zara Pearl Choker (find here)- sold out

Zara Pearl Bracelet (find here)

My love for the pearl choker began when I saw the Chanel Spring/Summer 2014 report and the huge pearl bubble chokers the models were wearing. Then I saw that Zara had a pearl choker which was similar. I put it in my basket and by the time I came back, it was sold out. Sad times indeed!

Mother of pearl 1 (Chanel)

Mother of pearl 2 (Chanel)

Mother of pearl 3 (Chanel)

Nevertheless, there was still hope for my mission to find a similar necklace to the Chanel pearl choker. Yayy, I did end up find up finding something. Topshop also have a pearl choker. They have it in grey too, which I have been thinking about getting.  I am thinking twice about it, the same necklace in two colours. Excessive or Necessary?

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Mother of Pearl 10

Topshop Pearl Choker (find here)

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Topshop Grey Ball Collar (Find here)

Topshop Grey Ball Bracelet (Find here)

It is great to see the influence of designers on the high street, high end designs trickling into high street shops. This means that people can find similar designs for a cheaper price and still feel en vogue. I remember Miranda Priestly telling off Andy in The Devil Wears Prada because she did not understand the importance of designs and how they could impact the ordinary man. Here is a quote of what she said:

Miranda and some assistants are deciding between two similar belts for an outfit. Andy sniggers because she thinks they look exactly the same] Something funny?
Andy Sachs: No. No, no. Nothing’s… You know, it’s just that both those belts look exactly the same to me. You know, I’m still learning about all this stuff and, uh…
Miranda Priestly: ‘This… stuff’? Oh. Okay. I see. You think this has nothing to do with you. You go to your closet and you select… I don’t know… that lumpy blue sweater, for instance because you’re trying to tell the world that you take yourself too seriously to care about what you put on your back. But what you don’t know is that that sweater is not just blue, it’s not turquoise. It’s not lapis. It’s actually cerulean. And you’re also blithely unaware of the fact that in 2002, Oscar de la Renta did a collection of cerulean gowns. And then I think it was Yves Saint Laurent… wasn’t it who showed cerulean military jackets? I think we need a jacket here. And then cerulean quickly showed up in the collections of eight different designers. And then it, uh, filtered down through the department stores and then trickled on down into some tragic Casual Corner where you, no doubt, fished it out of some clearance bin. However, that blue represents millions of dollars and countless jobs and it’s sort of comical how you think that you’ve made a choice that exempts you from the fashion industry when, in fact, you’re wearing the sweater that was selected for you by the people in this room from a pile of stuff

Whether we like it or not, what we wear is somehow shaped by the fashion industry. Miranda’s example was Oscar De La Renta cerulean gowns and Andy’s sweater. There are many examples through history and today. For instance Roland Mouret and his ‘Moon’ Dress, famously worn by Victoria Beckham in 2007, created a frenzy on the high street. Stores such as Topshop had their own version and even Tesco had similar dresses to Mouret’s ‘Moon’ dress.  The Chanel Pearl Bubble Choker, is a clear example of this today.

Stay Blessed

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