October 22, 1991 |
They came en masse to worship at the feet of King Karl, the supreme ruler of high fashion. The loyal subjects paid tribute to the designer of the kingdom of Chanel by entering Karl Lagerfeld's fashion show yesterday marked with the royal crest - entwined double Cs. Seeing the swarms of haughty women swathed in Chanel suits, bearing their Chanel accessories and undoubtedly sporting Chanel makeup and Chanel No. 5 perfume, it became clear that there...
May 7, 1986 |
Karl Lagerfeld, whose clothes are trendy and European, and Pearl Nipon, whose label is synonymous with polite, pretty, establishment dressing, represent the many-faceted range of the New York fall collections. Let no one accuse Seventh Avenue of not offering women a wealth of options, whether it is to dress in fake fur and denim - as Lagerfeld proposes - or in simple jersey shirtwaists rippling with gold buttons, as Nipon suggests. Although the two designers couldn't be more different in approach, they - along with just about all of their colleagues - agree on one major point: Long skirts, especially full, circular ones that swoop to the calf, are where it's at for fall.
July 5, 2012 |
PARIS — What do a supermodel and a 79-year-old former French first lady have in common? Chanel haute couture. The unlikely pairing of Laetitita Casta and Bernadette Chirac was seen at Karl Lagerfeld's strong and varied fall-winter 2012 show Tuesday, aptly titled "New Vintage. " Their presence showed the unique and enduring allure of 100-year-old Chanel. Lagerfeld — Chanel's designer since 1983 — is still at the top of his game, presenting a show that modernized the company's fashion archive.
October 19, 1992 |
Whether to be a hippie or not to be a hippie. That is the question dividing the fashion world as the spring '93 designer ready-to-wear collections, which began in Milan earlier this month, continue here in the city where high fashion was born. The Italian designers started the love-in with practically every collection rocking with duplicates of 1970s garments. Some French designers are following suit, even though their Milanese counterparts have suffered the slings and arrows of outraged fashion-lovers who cannot fathom the return of what many consider the ugliest clothes of modern times.
March 9, 1989 |
At a moment when designers are cribbing from one another or leafing through the history books for inspiration, original fashion is in short supply. The Fendis and Missonis, however, are sending the innovation barometer soaring with exciting, imaginative collections that are a tribute to their technical skill and fashion ingenuity. Tai and Rosita Missoni explored new paths in knitwear while the Fendis, in partnership with Karl Lagerfeld, raised fur design to an art form. Season after season, the Fendis have astounded the audience with bold, imaginative creations: furs the colors of the rainbow, furs patterned like twigs and fish scales, furs worked in pleats or quilting or cut out to resemble flowers and lace.
November 17, 1994 |
There's Ricki Lake going up in the ratings. There's Ricki Lake on the cover of People magazine. There's Ricki Lake being led away in handcuffs. OK, who's sick of Ricki Lake? You remember Ricki Lake, don't you? She's the young talk-show host who - before the launch of her daytime program, "The Ricki Lake Show," last year - righteously pledged that her show wouldn't be as sleazy as its competitors. She's also the young talk-show host who - after the launch of her daytime show last year - abandoned that pledge just as soon as the ratings showed what lured the most viewers.
October 25, 1988 |
The old charm of Coco Chanel's clothes from the 1930s swept back into style yesterday, thanks to Karl Lagerfeld. His Chanel spring ready-to-wear collection was a nostalgic glance backward to the chic seaside resorts of Deauville and Biarritz 50 years ago when fashionable women paraded around in long pleated skirts, loose, flowing trousers, simple cardigans and flat shoes - almost all in combinations of navy and white. It was a very soft, languid, classic collection that had none of the sexy, snappy little flourishes that Lagerfeld has been doing for so many seasons to jazz up the house's sedate image.
February 2, 1992 |
On this side of the Atlantic, anti-fur activists were at it again. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), who disrupted a May Oscar de la Renta fur fashion show by bounding on stage nearly nude, held an anti-fur fashion show called "Fur Is a Drag. " Lady Miss Kier, lead singer of groovy group Deee-Lite, and Elvira, bosomy Mistress of the Dark, hosted the Palladium nightclub event. PETA dressed drag queens in wild furs, marked them with propaganda and sent them vamping down the catwalk, accompanied by satirical commentary.
March 21, 1992 |
The ready-to-wear shows here have turned up fashions less than startling, but yesterday, after much to-do about hemlines and other mundane issues, some wild and wacky creativity emerged. Designers at first offered little excitement and Karl Lagerfeld was downright didactic: Hemlines must come down. Jean-Paul Gaultier, however, showed shorter skirts and, fortunately, a dash of imagination. At the Lagerfeld show, fans seemed to be thinking that dipping hemlines were just one more Lagerfeld gimmick, hot for fall but soon to be discarded, though Lagerfeld didn't give an inch.
March 24, 1986 |
Karl Lagerfeld, the prolific, ponytailed Peck's Bad Boy of fashion, gave a much-needed spark to the French ready-to-wear shows that got into full swing here over the weekend. More than 20 collections were presented under circus tents in the rain- soaked courtyard of the Louvre, but until Lagerfeld's, none had that special je ne sais quoi that sends shivers of delight down the spines of fashion-watchers. On the contrary, a few weary viewers were caught stifling yawns at some major shows, while others read newspaper accounts of the Thursday-evening bombing on the Champs-Elysees in which two people were killed.