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It’s still an emotional period as the fashion world mourns the loss of Karl Lagerfeld, one of the most iconic and certainly prolific fashion designers for the past century.
The German designer, who was the Creative Director of Chanel and Fendi, passed away in Paris on Tuesday at the age of 85 after a period of ill health in recent weeks.
Yet the famous couturier whose accomplished designs dominated the fashion scene for the past 50 years definitely left behind an impressive legacy. He was a figure not just of fashion but of popular culture, transforming high fashion from a niche interest to creating unprecedented impact in the industry.
These six moments made Karl Lagerfeld a legendary fashion icon in the world, and for that, he will always be remembered in the fashion world.
1. His work for Pierre Balmain and many other iconic fashion brands
Born in Hamburg and moving to Paris as a teenager, Karl’s illustrious career began in 1955 when he was hired as an assistant by Pierre Balmain after winning the International Wool Association design competition for his sketch of a coat. This achievement showed his precocious talent and after three years of working with Balmain, he became the artistic director of Jean Patou where he created two haute couture collections per year. In 1964, he freelanced for various high-end brands including Chloé and Valentino, before moving on to Fendi and Chanel as the brands’ creative director.
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Julianne Moore from the film ‘Still Alice’ wears a cream and metallic Chanel gown as she arrives at the 87th Academy Awards in Hollywood, California, February 23, 2015. — Reuters pic
NEW YORK, Feb 20 — Late fashion icon Karl Lagerfeld earned himself a special place on the red carpet, designing clothes for a handpicked group of actresses and displaying his knack for melding the modern with the classic.Until the early 1990s, big awards ceremonies like the Oscars were not really the stuff of designers like Lagerfeld, who died yesterday at the age of 85, as most actresses chose to wear gowns by American designers whose names are now largely forgotten.But with the emergence of TV shows focusing on show business and celebrities and the growth of the internet, those glitzy evenings took on an exponentially higher visibility.As the head of Chanel since 1983, and a collaborator at Fendi since 1965, Lagerfeld took part in this movement but on his own terms.Lagerfeld chose a handful of actresses that he found to be inspiring, establishing special relationships with them.Gwyneth Paltrow, Julianne Moore, Nicole Kidman and more recently Keira Knightley, Kristen Stewart and Emma Stone have walked down the red carpet more than once wearing a Chanel outfit designed by the German-born creator known for his white hair and ponytail.These were gowns lean on colour, often just black or white, with a taste for pearls, crystals or sequins and the touch that puts high fashion ready-to-wear clothes in a class of their own.
Singer Rihanna poses during a photocall before the Haute Couture Fall Winter 2013/2014 fashion show by German designer Karl Lagerfeld for French fashion house Chanel in Paris July 2, 2013. — Reuters pic
On the red carpets of the world, Lagerfeld constantly reinterpreted company founder Coco Chanel’s vision.Chanel rarely created a dress specifically for a red-carpet ceremony, although Lagerfeld did make a few exceptions, such as for Moore.In 2015, she won the Oscar for best actress for her work in Still Alice and at the ceremony wore a gown that required four fittings and 500 hours of work.Chanel does not payAt about the same time Lagerfeld told The New York Times that Moore matched his idea of the perfect woman, not just because of her looks but also for “the way she is in life.”“We felt that it would be nice to be loyal,” Moore’s stylist Leslie Fremar told the website Business of Fashion at the time. “It’s nice to choose a brand that will support you, that has nothing to do with any monetary exchange.”
Lily-Rose Depp poses for photographers at the Chanel ‘Mademoiselle Prive’ exhibition, in London, Britain, October 13, 2015. — Reuters pic
Indeed, most fashion houses pay up to US$250,000 (RM1 million) for an actress to wear one of their outfits, according to the Hollywood Reporter, but not Chanel, which always refused to pay anything.This policy made front page news in February 2017 when Lagerfeld disclosed that Meryl Streep had refused to don a gown made for her by Chanel and went with another designer who had in fact agreed to pay.“After we gift her a dress that’s €100,000, we found later we had to pay (for her to wear it). We give them dresses, we make the dresses, but we don’t pay,” Lagerfeld told Women’s Wear Daily.“A genius actress, but cheapness also, no?” he said.Streep was livid and denied this account. Lagerfeld ultimately said there had been a misunderstanding.In general, Lagerfeld played the game with such Hollywood ceremonies but all this glitz was not really his cup of tea.In an interview with Women’s Wear Daily in 2013, Lagerfeld reminisced about the 1970s, praising that era as unpretentious.“There was no red carpet, there were not 200 bodyguards with a famous person. Today, things are over-organized,” he said.“There’s another problem. If you give to an actress a bold couture dress a woman had ordered, they cancel the dress in a second,” he added.“Perhaps they’re afraid that their husband compares and thinks that Nicole Kidman looks better in the dress,” said Lagerfeld, who was known for his acid tongue. — AFP [...]
Fashion and music are never far apart from the spate of collaborations, endorsements and stars having their own fashion brands.
Korean stars, specifically K-pop, however, take it to another level. Their music videos can boast a series of different outfits, the more the better and as much colour as possible.
Then there’s actually a thing called “airport fashion”, where it is exactly as it says. The singers are off to take their flights for overseas events and concerts, and that’s when the airport catwalk starts.
It’s not just fans waiting to catch a glimpse of their ultimate bias (that what you call your favourite singer), the media are also there.
You can then dissect, discuss and appreciate the variety of stylish outfits worn specifically for the airport. Brands get in on the action too, and it’s big business to dress these stars, even to catch a flight.
Then there are the fashion collaborations, the endorsements, the front row appearances at fashion weeks and some of them even have their own fashion brands. Here’s a look at five of the most stylish K-pop stars.
G Dragon (Big Bang)
He might be in the military at the moment, but the title for the ultimate fashion icon in K-pop will always belong to G Dragon. The leader of one of the most well-known K-pop groups, Big Bang, and a successful solo artist, he’s not afraid to push the boundaries in fashion. He was announced as Chanel’s brand ambassador in 2017 and his style ranges from streetwear with clashing colours, androgynous looks, and some days, he goes the classic route, which he does to perfect dapper gentleman effect. He’s collaborated and worked with several brands and well-known names in fashion like Karl Lagerfeld and Giuseppe Zanotti He came out with a Raf Simons/Vetements inspired collaboration with Samsung’s fast fashion label, 8 Seconds and to top it off, he’s even got his own label, PeaceMinusOne.
The current IT girl, Jennie is fashion’s favourite female K-pop star. With her edgy streetwear style mixed with high end fashion, she looks good in anything. She moves effortlessly from cute looks of cropped tops and cargo pants, to oversized sweats and hoodies.
BTS, at present the most popular K-pop group, are known for its stylish outfits. While they all have their own distinct look, one of them stands out a little more and that’s Taehyung, better known as V. Currently sporting mint green hair, his style is more towards the preppy look with a dose of street. He wears prints, florals and plaids with ease, bold colours, baggy looks and there’s also a lot of Gucci going on. And a leopard print coat with a red beret? What’s not to love?
Kai’s look is more classic, though he’s not afraid to experiment. At the Gucci Resort 2019 show last year, he paired his checked suit with a crystal fringed headpiece. More often found in T-shirts and sneakers, he also loves suits and his outerwear is always on point. But really, being this handsome, he can pretty much carry off anything.
Formerly a member of Wonder Girls and currently one of the most popular solo female singers, Sunmi has an eclectic style and mixes high fashion with streetwear. Feminine and edgy, she works jackets and suits and dresses and boots. While comfort and style go hand-in-hand with her, she also does slinky looks and short hemlines equally well. [...]
A model presents a creation during the British fashion house Burberry 2019 Fall/Winter collection catwalk show at London Fashion Week in London February 17, 2019. — AFP pic
LONDON, Feb 20 — Burberry has apologised for featuring a hoodie with a noose around the neck at London Fashion Week.“We are deeply sorry for the distress caused by one of the products that featured in our F/W 2019 runway collection.“Though the design was inspired by the marine theme that ran throughout the collection, it was insensitive and we made a mistake,” said Burberry CEO Marco Gobbetti in a statement to CNN.The model who walked down the runway in the sweatshirt also took to Instagram to criticise the brand, stating: “Suicide is not fashion.”In a lengthy caption, she critiqued the “ignorantly put together” look and exclaimed that she had been “extremely triggered.”“How could anyone overlook this and think it would be okay to do this especially in a line dedicated to young girls and youth. The impressionable youth. Not to mention the rising suicide rates worldwide. Let’s not forget about the horrifying history of lynching either,” Kennedy said in her post. View this post on Instagram @burberry @riccardotisci17 Suicide is not fashion. It is not glamorous nor edgy and since this show is dedicated to the youth expressing their voice, here I go. Riccardo Tisci and everyone at Burberry it is beyond me how you could let a look resembling a noose hanging from a neck out on the runway. How could anyone overlook this and think it would be okay to do this especially in a line dedicated to young girls and youth. The impressionable youth. Not to mention the rising suicide rates world wide. Let’s not forget about the horrifying history of lynching either. There are hundreds of ways to tie a rope and they chose to tie it like a noose completely ignoring the fact that it was hanging around a neck. A massive brand like Burberry who is typically considered commercial and classy should not have overlooked such an obvious resemblance. I left my fitting extremely triggered after seeing this look (even though I did not wear it myself). Feeling as though I was right back where I was when I was going through an experience with suicide in my family. Also to add in they briefly hung one from the ceiling (trying to figure out the knot) and were laughing about it in the dressing room. I had asked to speak to someone about it but the only thing I was told to do was to write a letter. I had a brief conversation with someone but all that it entailed was “it’s fashion. Nobody cares about what’s going on in your personal life so just keep it to yourself” well I’m sorry but this is an issue bigger than myself. The issue is not about me being upset, there is a bigger picture here of what fashion turns a blind eye to or does to gain publicity. A look so ignorantly put together and a situation so poorly handled. I am ashamed to have been apart of the show. #burberry. I did not post this to disrespect the designer or the brand but to simply express an issue I feel very passionate about.A post shared by 🦎 (@liz.kennedy_) onFeb 17, 2019 at 9:51am PSTAccording to the model, she attempted to speak to someone about it when she first saw the piece but was told to “write a letter.”“It’s fashion. Nobody cares about what’s going on in your personal life so just keep it to yourself,” Kennedy said of her “brief conversation with someone” at the show.Following the firestorm, Burberry has pulled the item from production and removed all related images mere hours after its debut on the runway.Burberry joins the growing list of labels, such as Gucci and Prada, which have been forced to apologise and remove designs deemed insensitive in recent months. [...]
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The limited-edition Queen fragrance by Nicki Minaj and Luxe Brands features top notes of Asian Pear and Bergamot, a heart of Heliotrope and base notes of Tonka Bean, Praline and Musk for a smooth finish. — Handout via AFP
LOS ANGELES, Feb 20 — Nicki Minaj is celebrating her most recent album, Queen, with the launch of a limited-edition fragrance.The rapper has unveiled the new ‘Queen’ eau de parfum on nickiminajfragrance.com, in honour of her platinum-selling album.The scent, which is launching in partnership with the beauty distributor Luxe brands, was inspired by the multi-platinum recording artist’s “bold and unapologetic approach to life.” It features top notes of Asian Pear and Bergamot, a heart of Heliotrope and base notes of Tonka Bean, Praline and Musk for a smooth finish. It comes packaged in a vial representing Minaj’s head and torso, complete with a gem-encrusted headpiece that can be detached and worn as a bracelet.“I’m so excited to be launching a new fragrance for my fans,” Minaj said in a statement. “It’s a special scent fit for a Queen, and for all the Queens in their lives.”Chief Executive Officer of Luxe Brands Tony Bajaj hinted that the rapper has plenty more perfumes up her sleeve, saying: “This limited-edition fragrance is just the beginning of what is next to come from Nicki Minaj in partnership with Luxe Brands.”Minaj already has plenty of experience in the fragrance business via her prior collaborations with Elizabeth Arden, and boasts a portfolio of scents including the floral “Pink Friday,” a fruity signature fragrance dubbed “The Pinkprint” and a bold, berry blend titled “Minajesty.” The star has also dabbled in the cosmetics industry recently, launching two lipsticks with beauty giant MAC in 2017, and the fashion business, having unveiled her collection for Diesel last fall.Celebrity fragrances have undergone a major revival over the past few years, thanks to a handful of female stars currently dominating the market, including Ariana Grande, Kim Kardashian and Paris Hilton. — AFP-Relaxnews [...]
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Karl Lagerfeld posing next to a photo of himself and his cat Choupette in 2014. — AFP pic
BERLIN, Feb 20 — Karl Lagerfeld's cat Choupette was already the most famous cat in fashion.Now the white fluffy Burmese cat that the late fashion designer doted on could be about to become the richest feline on the planet.The pampered eight-year-old puss has enjoyed a jetset lifestyle eating off silver platters since Lagerfeld “kidnapped” her in 2011 from his young friend male model Baptiste Giabiconi.Long before his death yesterday, Lagerfeld said he had made sure that she would go on living in the style that she had become accustomed to, with her own personal bodyguard and two maids.“Choupette is a rich girl,” he once told French television, hinting that had written her into his will.“She has her own fortune,” he added, thought to be around €3 million (RM13.84 million) which she earned with him doing adverts for a German car firm and a Japanese cosmetics brand.“If anything happens the person who looks after her will not go without,” said Lagerfeld, who designed for Chanel, Fendi and his own brand right up to his death aged 85.Choupette — who the designer they called the Kaiser compared to the enigmatic star Greta Garbo — is something of a cult figure in the fashion world, with more than 170,000 followers on social media.She is also the hero of a book, Choupette: The Private Life of a High-Flying Fashion Cat, where she was photographed in arms of supermodel Linda Evangalista and snuggling with model turned actress Laetitia Casta.Unlike them, the spoiled puss never has has to watch what she eats.The book includes recipes for her favourite meals prepared by some of the best restaurants in Paris.Caviar and king crabOne typically lavish repast is a mix of king crab, smoked salmon and caviar.And unlike ordinary cats, Choupette eats at a table.“She is like a human being, only with an extra quality — silence,” Lagerfeld quipped.Despite her reputation as a gastronome, the designer forbade her from doing ads for cat food.“She is too sophisticated for that,” said the legendary wit, who lived alone and admitted that “Choupette is the centre of my world.“She has something unforgettable in the way she moves — I'm inspired by her elegance and her attitude,” he said.However, Choupette — who has not tweeted since Lagerfeld's death — was sometimes used to deliver stinging swipes at her master.French actress and animal rights activist Brigitte Bardot wrote her a letter in 2015 asking her to “purr in the ear” of her owner so he would “stop using fur in his collections.” — AFP-Relaxnews [...]
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Earlier today, the world lost one of its most talented fashion icons, Karl Lagerfeld at the age of 85 in Paris. The Creative Director of Chanel, Fendi and his own brand, Karl Lagerfeld worked tirelessly up until today when he took his last breath at the American Hospital of Paris after being admitted the night before.
Known and respected as a superstar in the fashion industry, Karl will definitely be missed and we at FEMALE would like to express our deepest condolences to his family and loved ones. Here are some of the heartfelt tributes posted on Instagram by his friends and celebrities around the world:
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You really can’t talk K-pop without touching on fashion. Known for their synchronised dance moves, catchy tunes and striking outfits, watching a K-pop video is a visual feast.
K-pop girl group of the moment Blackpink – Jennie, Rose, Jisoo and Lisa – who are coming to Malaysia this weekend for the Blackpink 2019 World Tour [In Your Area] Kuala Lumpur, Feb 23 and 24, have set off a fashion revolution of sorts with their eye-catching outifts and the attitude to match.
Stylist Choi Kyoung-won, who was dressing the girls since their debut in 2016 (see sidebar Get to know Blackpink), in an interview with WWD last year, said she wanted to create something different with their look and for it to be at the forefront of fashion in South Korea.
She said the secret was “to compose looks that ‘cater to each girl’s personality, while also looking harmonious together.’” Blackpink is currently styled by Kim Ji Eun, YG Entertainment’s visual director.
There are several Instagram accounts dedicated to Blackpink and its style is a huge part of its appeal. A popular one is @blackpinkcloset which gives its 180k followers a breakdown of their outfits. This is a group that was created with a strong fashion presence. As Choi says, “The group is more loved by people who follow fashion. They are for an in-the-know girl.”
Floral mini dresses with boots? Check. Short shorts and crop tops? Got them in pastels with a tweed jacket or in black with chains. Long dresses? Clinch it in with a leather belt or have a leather bustier as an overlay. And let’s not forget the streetstyle – oversized hoodies, sweats and mini backpacks (ideally Chanel). The element of schoolgirl is also there with the short pleated skirts in plaids or solid colours paired with knee high socks. They aren’t afraid to play with colour, florals and prints either. Throw in ruffles, bows, embellishments and sequins, and you get what looks like too much going on at times, but somehow they make it work.
If you want to dress Blackpink style, think high fashion, the keyword being luxury, but always with that streetstyle edge.
In K-pop groups, each member is usually assigned a personality – the leader, the visual, the vocal, the dancer, the “maknae” (youngest) etc. Blackpink is no different, and their outfits, while coordinated to a certain extent, have distinct differences to match their personalities. Here’s a breakdown of their individual style.
Known as the “human Chanel”, probably due to her love of the luxury brand and collaborations with it, Jennie does the high-low fashion look really well.
Mixing luxury brands with fast fashion or streetwear, she loves fashion and is said to be the most particular when it comes to choosing her outfits. And really, who else but Jennie would have something like 22 costumes changes in under three minutes? Yes, that’s the amount of different outfits she had for her first solo release, called Solo (as in being single). That’s a fashion queen for you.
Affectionately known as Miss Korea by the fandom (called Blinks), Jisoo is the visual of the group. With the kind of looks favoured by South Koreans, Jisoo would look quite at home as a K-drama heroine or as a beauty queen. Her fashion style is sweetly pretty, feminine and girly. Pastels, prints, bows, lace – her style is as cute as her personality.
The main vocalist, Rose probably has the most relatable style. Her look tends to be more casual and minimalist. Monochrome, basics and minimal accessories would sum up her look. She’s not afraid to do prints and florals, but always keeps it classic.
The youngest member and the only foreign one – Lisa is Thai and the best dancer in the group. She is also the South Korean female celebrity with the highest number of Instagram followers with over 15 million. Her style is very much street – cargo pants, crop tops, caps and any amount of chains can be seen in Lisa’s outfits. This doesn’t mean she doesn’t wear dresses, she can carry off the fitted sequinned mini numbers and long dresses with ease.
Get To Know Blackpink
The quartet, consisting of Jennie, Rose, Jisoo and Lisa, are not only the the highest-charting female K-pop act on both Billboard Hot 100 and Billboard 200, it is the first and only K-pop girl group to top Billboard’s Emerging Artists chart.
It’s catchy Ddu-Du Ddu-Du music video recently became the most viewed K-pop music video on the streaming site with 650 million views in January 2019.
Those are some serious numbers. It has four releases: Square one, Square two, As If It’s Your Last and Square Up.
It has also racked up numerous awards, the latest being Digital Bonsang for As If It’s Your Last at Golden Disc Awards and Bonsang Award at Seoul Music Awards last year amongst others.
Blackpink has had collaborations and endorsements with brands like Louis Vuitton, Puma, Reebok, Dior Cosmetics, Moonshot, Shibuya 109, Tokyo Girls Collection x CECIL McBEE, St. Scott London, S and Sprite Korea. The girls have also been seen at fashion week, making appearances at Chanel (Jennie) and Coach (Rose and Jisoo) and Michael Kors (Lisa).
It is the first regional ambassador for Singaporean e-commerce platform, Shopee, part of their partnership with YG Group (it is under YG Entertainment) in seven different countries; Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam, and Taiwan.
And if you want to know how strong a brand name Blackpink is, it is first for brand reputation based on analysis by The Korea Reputation Research Institute in 2018.
Blackpink also made their US debut last week on The Late Show With Stephan Colbert, followed by Good Morning America.
Prior to that, it performed at Universal Music’s Grammy Artist Showcase, the day before the Grammys. Blackpink will also be performing at Coachella in April (it’s the first K-pop girl group to perform there) and hold a North American tour around the same time.
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The late German fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld acknowledges the audience at the end of Fendi's 2017-2018 fall/winter Haute Couture collection in Paris on July 5, 2017. — AFP pic
MILAN, Feb 20 — London and Milan Fashion Weeks mourned Karl Lagerfeld yesterday, with designers paying tribute to the “irreplaceable” icon who helped define the industry.Milan is due to host the latest Fendi collection tomorrow, Lagerfeld's final work for the label, which paid a moving tribute.“I was just a child when I first saw Karl,” said Silvia Venturini Fendi, the label's creative director for Men's, Accessories and Children's collections.“Karl Lagerfeld was my mentor and my point of reference. One look was enough to understand each other.“For Fendi and myself, Karl's creative genius was and will always remain our guide and light.”Other Italian houses set to present at this year's Milan Fashion Week also reacted, with Gucci artistic director Alessandro Michele sharing a photograph of the designer, accompanied by a black heart.London, where the city's Fashion Week was winding up, also stopped to honour the 85-year-old.“It's such a loss. I know he wasn't that young, but I didn't expect it,” said fashion student Edson Toniato, dressed in a black suit and burgundy turtleneck.The news hit around midday, throwing 180 Strand, Fashion Week's central London nerve centre, into a sombre mood.“We literally just found out on our way here, so it was quite a shock,” said fellow student Niamh Kerins, wearing a leopard coat.“I've not really had the time to process it properly,” she added, as buyers, photographers and models shuttled from show to show around her.'He was ageless'Singer “Girly” said she was struggling to digest the news.Lagerfeld's unchanging look, with his ever-present sunglasses and white mane, made people think “he just wasn't human, you thought he was ageless,” she added.“The very idea that he's mortal is shocking. Really shocking.”Ann Marie Haynes, who works in fashion merchandising, said there wasn't “anyone that can replace him.”“He will be a huge loss to the fashion community.”Emotion quickly gave way to tributes for the flamboyant fashion giant, who was an inspiration for generations of designers.“As a young designer, I've always admired what he's done,” said Gayeon Lee.“Since I was a student, I have always looked at his work and I was really inspired by him. So it's very sad.”David Martin, who works in fashion media, called it “an historic moment in fashion.“We need to all of us remember everything that he's done... the audacity.“People sometimes forget what fashion is, where it is coming from... Everything is happening because of these geniuses and because of Karl,” he said.Young designer Kitty Shukman, 24, who graduated from the London College of Fashion last year, and now has a small stand at Fashion Week, also cited Lagerfeld as an inspiration.“It's heartbreaking because he was such an icon and someone that you grow up with,” she said.“The attitude: Working incredibly hard and being incredibly passionate about what you do... it's something that I want to use in my career.” — AFP-Relaxnews [...]
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