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Karl Lagerfeld really gives the best interviews, such as the one he did Scott Athorne for Times‘ Sunday magazine. He was apparently 3 hours late for the interview but his publicist asked Athorne not to mention the faux-pas because it makes Kaiser Karl seem like a snob. The publicist says “Karl is not a snob. Karl has time for everyone, he is very generous, you will see.” So without further ado, below are ten things that stood out in the interview as compiled by NY Mag.

1. He doesn’t like intellectuals.

“I want to know everything, but I’m not an intellectual, and I don’t like their company. I’m the most superficial man on Earth.”

2. He doesn’t buy shoes for comfort.

“I buy my shoes a size too small. I like the way it feels.”

3. He likes journalists. Except, of course, the smelly ones.

“I have no problem with journalists — many are friends,” he says. “Only if they are really stupid, or if they’ve got bad breath, or if they smell. Yesterday [at the Chanel couture show] I had a problem. I said, ‘I’m sorry, you’ve got to tell this woman that she needs to be taken away. Her smell is not possible.’”

4. His mother never wanted him to be a child.

“‘You may be six years old, but I am not,’ she used to say.” She refused to let him wear glasses although he was short-sighted, saying: “Children with glasses are the ugliest thing in the world.” She also took little interest in his schooling, never attending a parent-teacher evening. Nor did she ever attend one of his fashion shows later in life, despite his success. “She said, ‘Well, I didn’t go to your father’s office either,’” he laughs.

5. He avoided boarding school as a child because he hated the idea of dorms.

“I found out that if I didn’t create trouble, I could do what I wanted.” Did he not like the idea of boarding school? He screws his face up in disgust. “It was out of the question. I hated the idea of being in a dormitory with other people. No, no, no,” he says, hitting the table as he speaks. “My sisters were sent away because my mother thought they were boring. I was not boring.”

6. He is loath to dwell on the past.

“The worst thing is when friends say, ‘Remember the good old days?’ Forget about the good old days! That just makes your present second-hand. What is interesting is now. If you think it was better before, then you might as well commit suicide immediately.”

7. He sees himself just as we see him.

“Often things aren’t that important. I’m not that important either. I don’t take myself too seriously.”

8. He doesn’t see fashion design as art.

“I’m in a permanent bad mood with myself, thinking I could always do better, that there is more. It’s like there is this glass wall, and I can’t get through to the other side.” But he adds, raising an exclamatory finger: “I’m not one of those people who think they’re more artistic than their profession. Come on. You’re selling things that make people happy, not difficult pregnancies. I can’t stand designers who talk about their work being art.”

9. He thinks of death in a very un-scary way.

“Everything changes, except death. Billions have died before us, so it can’t be that bad. If you ask me, death and deep sleep are the same thing. And then you don’t take yourself too seriously.” He takes a considered sip of his drink before adding: “Oh, please. Don’t over-react to how I am talking. Try to keep all this abstract, huh?”

10. He is entirely nonjudgmental.

“For me, identity is a private, intimate problem,” says Lagerfeld. “Fashion doesn’t have to be your identity. Who cares what people think? As long as you agree with yourself, that’s enough, no? I judge nobody. I laugh about myself. That I can do; I know myself pretty well.”


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The recent Paris Fall 2008 Couture shows left fashionistas oohing and ahhing over the architectural shapes, heavy winter fabrics, and breathtaking opulency. So let’s not waste time and just get straight to the clothes!

Christian Lacroix

Christian Lacroix’s collection dutifully satiated the appetites of those looking for grandeur. The evening began with a bevy of frothy skirts and overcoats with fur trim, while light fairy-tale dresses marked the last half of the show. Model Vlada Roslyakova closed the show as a bride in a dazzling (literally) wedding dress complete with an ornate headpiece and puffy sleeves. All of the girls were sporting bejewelled mohawks that was sometimes attached with lace that rested on the face. Of all the shows, Mr. Lacroix’s unapologetically glamorous collection was by far my favourite.


It’s a good thing Anna Wintour likes the heat because the audience at Chanel’s show at the Grand Palais’s domed space were in a fashion greenhouse. Guests were spotted fanning themselves while they admired this season’s installation – enormous organ pipes made out of 50 foot steel tubes. In the past, Karl has had a vast tweed jacket for the spring 2008 Couture as well as a giant carousel for the Fall 2008 Ready-to-Wear. From the get-go, Karl Lagerfeld’s intent on tubular cutting was evident as dresses and suits had a distinct curvature about them. And forget the headbands because Karl says it’s all about the headframes, which literally looked like a picture frame plopped in the front of the model’s face. Many of the models sported hairdos that looked suspiciously like Anna Wintour’s, which no doubt pleased the Vogue editrix. Of course, the standard Chanel fare could still be found such as the brand’s signature tweed and suits. Sasha Pivovarova closed the show looking cool, elegant, and decorated by a dramatic white confection atop her head.

Christian Dior

All the models had a slab of midnight-hued lipstick on their puckers, which when combined with the clothes constructed a collection that was equally traditional and perverse. The show started and ended with black and white outfits with a burst of candy-colored dresses in the middle. John Galliano’s kinky designs included a number of kinky and shiny leather accents as well as a few see-through pieces. Giant silhouettes also sashayed up and down the runway along with many sculpted big coats. (Big bonus: Coco Rocha!!!)


The pressure was on for Valentino’s young and new designer, Alessandra Facchinetti. The general consensus is that she faced the challenge and for the most part succeeded. Facchinetti’s designs had a decidedly space-age feel to it, which was a welcome breath of fresh air for the fashion house. While Facchinetti took the time to be experimental, she also respected Mr. Valentino’s love of suits and red dresses. If she perseveres, Mr. Valentino should have no reason to worry about leaving his legacy behind in her very capable hands.

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When Anna Wintour loves something, she’s not afraid to show it. Earlier this year, she wore the same Prada dress to at least three different events. Of late, the Vogue editor’s new favourite is a Carolina Herrera shift dress that has been modified from the resort collection. Again, she’s worn it on three seperate occasions – the Ferragamo show in Milan, to Wimbledon, and a few days ago at the Chanel couture show. You have to give her kudos for donning the same outfit multiple times – afterall, this is a woman who has unlimited access to clothes. Personally, I love the Carolina Herrera dress and it is very flattering on her. I am the same as Anna; when I fall in love with something, I fall hard. See? We have many things common with one another… Anna, please give me a job at Vogue!

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Let’s just get one thing out of the way. Sean Avery is a prick. As a huge hockey fan (go Canucks!), there have been more than a few times that I wanted to reach into the TV and punch his smirking face. For those who are unfamiliar with hockey, let’s just say he doesn’t ever keep his mouth shut and is known in the National Hockey League as a “pest”. Off the ice, he doesn’t have the most pristine reputation either, particularly since he was recently busted as a client of the brothel, Maison de L’Amour. Apparently, his name and number were in Madame Kristin Davis’ little black book under the $500 client category. Dirty boy.

However, I have to admit that I’m kind of intrigued at his sudden interest in fashion. It’s a little laughable but you have to admire his effort. At least he’s not out there chasing young Hollywood starlets (ex’s include Rachel Hunter, Elisha Cuthbert, and Mary-Kate Olsen), hoping to get more papparazzi lenses on him… well, he’s probably still doing that but at least he’s got a day job during hockey’s off season!

I am pretty jealous that he gets to go to ALL the couture shows next week in Paris – not the standard treatment for regular Vogue interns. When style.com spoke to him about the trip, he said, “It looks like I’m going to all of them. Which is exciting. It doesn’t get bigger or better than the Paris couture, right? … The Chanel Show. From what I’m told, that’s the show that gets the most ridiculous.”

Lucky bastard.

Click here for Vogue‘s slideshow of Sean in all his intern glory.

Click here for Sean’s blog on everything from where to get the “best shave in town” to how he’d “be lost” without Alexander McQueen.

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Didn’t you know fly-fishing can be haute couture too? For £9,170 you can have your very own Chanel Fly-Fishing rod! (No sweat, right?) If you have deeper pockets than most of us do, this would make a pretty badass Father’s Day gift. A description from The Guardian:

… the ponciest angler on the planet can kit himself out with a Chanel rod and a set of meticulously tied, monochrome Chanel flies, complete with the famous “double C” logo on the gossamer wings, presented in a rather fetching, quilted black leather box.

Since I’m not the most avid fisherwoman, maybe I’ll stick to a Chanel tennis racket instead. If that doesn’t suit me, there’s a whole bevy of bizarre Chanel items to choose from including quilted-leather skis, saddle-bag equipped bicycle, or the immensely popular boomerang. Strange as these sporty paraphernalia may seem, they serve a purpose to honour Coco Chanel’s love of sport. 

On a side note, do you love Karl Lagerfeld’s pose with the fishing rod in one hand and a glass of wine in the other?! I so worship him.

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My absolute favourite model, Coco Rocha, keeps her head above water in Numero magazine’s latest issue 94 dedicated to water nymphs. Hailing from my hometown of Vancouver, Coco is considered amongst the top models of the moment. And my gosh, does she look ever so gorgeous in that little bathtub!!! These beautiful shots remind me of Klimt’s Acqua Mossa, which is never a bad thing.

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Kapow! Bam! Zoom! Those were the inspirational outfits I looked for at this year’s superhero-themed Met Ball but I was sadly disappointed. While there were notable efforts from a select few, the majority played it safe. 

Best Dressed 

Zac Posen blew everyone else out of the water with his Clark Kent/Superman-inspired outfit, which happened to be my favourite of the night. He took a risk and it paid off. Not to mention he looked gorgeous. What a hero!

Christina Ricci was the belle of the ball as a chic wonderwoman in Givenchy. Her outfit was by far the best representation of the spirit of this year’s gala. Both fashionable and appropriate for the superhero theme, Christina was a knockout in her pink and red confection.

Did Ashley Olsen remind you of her Full House days at the Met ball? I mean that as a compliment because she was radiant with little makeup and her dress was killer. I love the faux-catwoman claw marks on the side of her dress. Some have criticized her sister, Mary-Kate’s, outfit. To be fair, Ashley’s outfit is a lot more risk-free whereas Mary-Kate really went for it and I actually liked her dress. The only thing that bothered me was her posture. If she stopped stooping like the crazy cat lady on the Simpsons, she would have outshined Ashley. Someone book her a lesson with Ms Jay.

Chanel Iman was exquisite in a swirly 3.1 Philip Lim dress complete with a chunky gold belt. Was the giant accessory doubling as a chastity belt as well? Her career is about to take off as rumors circulate that the young model swiped the cover of Vogue Italia‘s all-black issue although some say the prize actually belongs to Jordan Dunn.

Caroline Trentini in vintage Thierry Mugler was a cool batgirl. I especially liked the model’s dark eye makeup and the swoopy outlines of her dress.

Naomi Watts reprised her role in King Kong in a classic white dress. Although her ensemble is not the most original, I give her points for channelling a damsel-in-distress-look. I’m just not sure if that’s the image she wants to project.

How much do you hate Gisele Bunchen? I mean her boobs… her butt… that outrageously perfect body!!! We are not worthy! She didn’t stick to the superhero theme unfortunately, but she still managed to steal the show in her revealing Versace dress and she brought along a hot date, Tom Brady, who is very droolworthy himself.

Make fun of Anna Wintour all you want, but I thought she looked fantastic. Her custom-made Chanel by Karl Lagerfeld was a space-age treat. I mean, if people didn’t have fun with this, why bother going at all? I’m sure the Emmy’s will give you a venue for a nice, perfect, little black dress. Yawn.

The colorful sequins on Kate Bosworth’s vintage Chanel Haute Couture were breathtaking. Look at that detail at the bottom of her dress! Exquisite. And those shoes!!! I need to have her Pierre Hardy shoes. I will make one critcism: I hate blue eye shadow. When you’re Asian as I am, blue eyeshadow is like toxic waste and you stay away from that shit. Why? It makes you look like an I-love-you-long-time-for-one-dolla “masseuse”. I realize Kate is not Asian and she looks lovely but still… is it just me or does her face look a little tranny? Just a little?

Michelle Trachtenberg was the queen of vintage in a navy silk jersey top and gold skirt from Rare Vintage. I am a little undecided on this one. I really liked her outfit initially but the more I look at it, the more it reminds me of this boy in my elementary school who played one of the Three Wise Men in the Christmas play. Now I can’t get the image out of my head. Is Michelle really a Magi heading to Bethleham?

I love Coco Rocha (hometown girl!) so I am biased but I loved her in Pucci with Anja Rubik. The colors were a great pop amongst the satin purples, greens, and godknowswhat.

You really have to wonder what went wrong when Alberta Ferretti designed Jennifer Lopez’s dress because she did a super job with Diane Kruger’s spunky metallic dress. I especially covet her fuchsia Jimmy Choo shoes. Not to mention her exceptionally handsome date, Joshua Jackson! I always loved Pacey and I always will.

Worst Dressed

You know how I said Kate Bosworth looked a little tranny. Well, Victoria Beckham WAS a tranny. A post-operation one at that. Poor girl. She must feel so inadequate next to David Beckham. You’d think David would be kind enough to tell her that her foundation never matches the rest of her body. (It’s always a shade too pale for some reason)

There are only three words for Kimora Lee’s outfit: tetris gone wild.

Amanda Peet had the most tragic outfit of the whole night. It was horrendous and that has to be the ugliest headband in the history of headbands. This outfit is so terrible I actually feel sorry for her.

What the hell happened to the kick-ass Buffy we’ve all come to love? Sarah Michelle Gellar-Prinze was about as interesting as me answering the probing questions from the auditors who’ve invaded my office. Seriously.

Poor Rachel Bilson. Those bangs are so unfortunate it makes me want to cry. Please fire your hairstylist asap. For such a cute girl, it’s alarming how much she looks like a dog. As for arm candy, Hayden Christensen, I love him so I refuse to critique his outfit.

How disappointing was Dita von Teese’s dress? Did she realize that she is about two steps away from looking like Emmy Rossum? That’s not a good thing darling.

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