Model Baptiste Giabiconi gave Choupette to Lagerfeld to watch over during Christmas in 2011 and the designer refused to give her back.
“I thought she was too cute. She is like a kept woman. She has a strong personality. She has lunch and dinner with me on the table, with her own food,” he said in a 2012 interview. “She even knows how to use an iPad.”
The Twitter handle @ChoupettesDiary boasts 37K followers and she describes herself as “a famous beauty who refuses to eat on the floor and my maids pamper my every need. I am Choupette Lagerfeld and I am a spoiled pussy.”
Six of the world’s hottest creative talents have reimagined the French brand’s monogram in a new project titled ‘The Icon and The Iconoclasts’.
The Icon And The Iconoclasts is a special project instigated by LOUIS VUITTON to celebrate the iconic Monogram, first created in 1896 by the eponymous founder’s son Georges Vuitton.
Footwear legend Christian Louboutin, artist Cindy Sherman, architect Frank Gehry, Chanel and Fendi creative director Karl Lagerfeld, designer Marc Newson and Comme des Garçons founder Rei Kawakubo were brought together by the brand for the project.
The sextet have been given carte blanche to create new bags and accessories using and reimagining the famous monogram print.
“When we talked with Nicolas Ghesquière about the extraordinary talents we would like to approach we simply went to those who are among the best in their fields,” says Delphine Arnault, explaining her choice of the talents.
“We were interested in people who work with their minds and their hands. I thought it was so interesting – and fun! – to have all of these different points of view on the Monogram. It is inspiring to see how they envision things, to see their perspectives. This is a group of geniuses.”
The limited edition pieces will appear for sale in selected Louis Vuitton stores around the globe from mid-October this year, with a launch event set to take place in New York City on November 7.
The German designer’s namesake label is set to expand across the Middle East with 25 new locations planned by 2018.
A new deal signed between Karl Lagerfeld and Dubai-based Chalhoub Inc. will see 10 new Karl Lagerfeld concept stores and a further 15 shops-in-shop opening in the Middle East over the next 5 years, with the region labeled by CEO Pier Paolo Righi as “a key area of focus in our phased global roll-out.”
The first openings will be in-store units at the Stars Avenue Mall in Jeddah, set to welcome shoppers this month. Another freestanding store will open in Qatar by July. Middle Eastern customers already rank in the top four of the brand’s international clients and the standalone stores will carry the brand’s full lines, but there will be a special focus on handbags.
The Karl Lagerfeld brand is also expanding aggressively into China and has consolidated its position in Europe and Asia, with 17 new stores opening over the past 12 months.
Earlier this year Lagerfeld also unveiled the brand’s first men’s and women’s fragrances, which join the ready-to-wear, shoes and accessories lines.
Best known as the creative director at Chanel, Karl will also be in Dubai on May 13 for the couture house’s cruise collection show.
Just days after the launch of his debut men’s and women’s fragrances, Kaiser Karl is at it again. The designer opened the first UK store for his namesake fashion and accessories brand in London, a 2,700-square-foot (250 square meters) space on Regent Street in the city’s West End.
As you would expect there’s a strictly monochrome colour scheme, enhanced by glossy surfaces, mirrors, faux fur chairs and graffiti-style artwork designed especially for the store by I Love Dust.
“Karl is a master of accessorization, and the consumer has responded to that. We have doubled the bags offer from last season in response to demand,” Karl Lagerfeld CEO Pier Paolo Righi explained to WWD.
With a celeb-studded bash to celebrate the opening, a British-themed capsule collection is exclusive to the store for now (although it will roll out to the other Lagerfeld locations), made up of Union Jack-emblazoned, Lagerfeld-themed candles, T-shirts, sweatshirts, iPhone covers, and wallets.
KARL LAGERFELD finally lifted the veil on his highly awaited debut fragrance line with an event in Paris.
The women’s scent was created by Christine Nagel and Serge Majoullier, who explained: “creating a fragrance for Karl Lagerfeld is translating a whole universe of fabrics, sophisticated cuts, textures, strong values and images.”
The “olfactive fabric” opens with lemon and peach, working its way to a heart of rose, magnolia and plumeria with basenotes of musk, amber and woods.
The men’s fragrance was concocted by Jean-Christophe Hérault, who described how he had translated Karl’s “Black and White emblematic colors into a contrast of expressive and sensual raw materials.”
The juice opens with lavender and mandarin zest, developing a crisp heart of apple and violet leaves, with a sandalwood and amber drydown.
Karl Lagerfeld and a Macau casino operator announced plans on Friday for the Chanel designer to create his first hotel.
Expected to open in 2017 as part of the Lisboa Palace luxury development, the Karl Lagerfeld hotel will feature 270 rooms created by the 80-year-old, with a mix of 19th century and more modern design features.
“I have more houses than I need and I don’t want to do any anymore. So I can, how could I say?, get rid of my frustration by doing hotels,” he said.
The deal has been signed with Sociedade de Jogos de Macau (SJM), the company that is also building the upcoming Palazzo Versace Macau, a 20-storey hotel complex in Macau.
The property will also have a a multi-purpose theatre for events, Michelin-starred restaurants and a themed retail mall. The resort will also have up to 700 gaming tables and 1,200 slot machines.
For its 2013/14 Metiers d’Art fashion show, previously held in India and Scotland, CHANEL will be traveling to Dallas, Texas for a showcase themed “Paris: Dallas”: Fair Park
Fair Park is the perfect location for Chanel: built in 1936 to celebrate the state’s 100th anniversary, the 277-acre park contains the world’s largest collection of art deco buildings, art and sculpture.
Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel also visted the city herself to receive the Neiman Marcus Award for Distinguished Service in the Field of Fashion in 1957.
The event will see the first screening of Lagerfeld’s movie The Return, which stars Geraldine Chaplin and Rupert Everett among others, and looks at Coco’s return to the world of Parisian haute couture after years in the fashion wilderness following the Second World War.
The haute couture and cosmetics brand has released the second teaser for its much-anticipated short film “The Return,” written and directed by Chanel’s creative director Karl Lagerfeld.
This second teaser takes us behind the scenes for an interview with actress Géraldine Chaplin, who stars in the film as Coco Chanel. She speaks of her first meeting with the great couturier.
Charlie Chaplin’s daughter, who makes a very convincing Coco Chanel, is joined on screen by Rupert Everett, Anna Mouglalis, and Arielle Dombasle.
Exploring one part of Gabrielle Coco Chanel’s life and career, this short film of around 30 minutes will premiere on December 10 at the opening of Chanel’s Métiers d’Art 2013/14 fashion show in Dallas.
“The Return” focuses primarily on Coco Chanel’s return to the fashion scene, and on the reopening of her couture house in Paris in 1954.
The Rolex Oyster Perpetual Milgauss design is a classic for fans of luxury watches, now it’s been given the Lagerfeld treatment by Bamford Watch Department.
Available from Tuesday at the Karl Lagerfeld brand’s concept stores in Paris and Munich, the limited edition timepieces will sell for €19,000 and feature a cameo of ‘Kaiser Karl’ at 7 o’clock on the watch face as well as the designer’s signature.
The Chanel and Fendi designer’s self-named fashion and accessories label will be opening up in the UK capital in March next year.
The Karl Lagerfeld concept store is set to open at 145-147 on London’s famed Regent Street, the West End shopping mecca which welcomes over 70 million visitors a year.
The store will stock all the brand’s men’s and women’s ready-to-wear and accessories collections, from handbags, leather goods, watches, eyewear and scarves to footwear.
“London is one of the world’s leading cities when it comes to Retail and this location offers a unique brand mix” said CEO Pier Paolo Righi. “Our London presence will be a fantastic representation of our brand’s aesthetic and it showcases our cool, accessible-luxe collections in a cutting-edge environment.”
The 250 sq. meter location is the biggest European Karl Lagerfeld store to date and will feature standard glossy black decor as well as the brand’s focus on a connected digital shopping experience.
Fans will be encouraged to sign in on a digital guestbook and leave messages for Karl, while display racks will hold iPad Minis for customers to browse the collection and play with interactive content.
The latest location will join the existing Karl Lagerfeld stores in Paris, Amsterdam, Berlin, Munich, Antwerp (pictured above), Shanghai and Beijing.
Chanel’s head designer Karl Lagerfeld has revealed he thinks the founder of the iconic French fashion house would have “hated” him if they had ever met. Lagerfeld said he had been a “rude awakening” for the prestigious fashion house, which had “grown dusty” before his arrival in 1982.
“I never bumped into Coco Chanel. It was better that way, she would have hated me,” he told an audience of hundreds of French college students at a masterclass in Paris on Tuesday.
“You have to respect things, but if you want to survive, you have to change them,” he said, recalling how he had “pushed” and “exaggerated” classic Chanel themes.
The couture house this year marked the 100th anniversary of the opening of Gabrielle ‘Coco’ Chanel’s first shop in Deauville in the summer of 1913. Today the label, whose founder died in 1971, has 300 outlets including 185 boutiques in cities such as Sao Paulo, Calgary, New Delhi, Istanbul and Brisbane.
Its creative director Lagerfeld also heads design for Fendi as well as running his own label fashion house, and is famous for his prodigious output.
“Some people say elegance is dead. They’re wrong. It has a new face,” he told the students. “It’s up to us to adapt to the changing times and not the other way around,” said Lagerfeld. “What counts is today.”
Chanel has presented the campaign for its 2013-2014 Cruise collection, photographed by its famous creative director Karl Lagerfeld.
Shot in black and white, as is often the case when the celebrity designer goes behind the camera, the campaign provides a glimpse into the Chanel Cruise 2013-2014 collection, which can be seen in its entirety on the brand’s website (www.chanel.com).
Based primarily on neutral and dark colors such as black, white, midnight blue, grey and beige, the new collection emphasizes geometric prints, loose-fitting garments and high-waist pants and skirts.
Chanel has also released a video (below) on the story behind this Cruise collection: from the brand’s workshops in Paris to the runway in Singapore.
Karl Lagerfeld used Choupette, his Persian cat, as a muse for his Holiday accessories collection.
A gift from Chanel model Baptiste Giabiconi, Choupette has become a pretty important figure in the Chanel and Fendi designer’s life. In fact, Choupette is so spoiled she even has her own maids, and a personal twitter account, and Lagerfeld is clearly besotted: “there is no marriage, yet, for human beings and animals… I never thought that I would fall in love like this with a cat,” he told CNN in June this year.
Now in honor of Choupette, Lagerfeld has designed a new holiday capsule collection for his Karl Lagerfeld brand. Available from November 12, exclusively at Karl Lagerfeld stores, the line comprises a range of accessories (in the designer’s signature black and white color palette), all with a féline touch.
Pieces include iPhone and iPad cases, scarves and bags as well as a key chain and fun Lagerfeld style fingerless gloves. Prices start at €45 for the wool cap with leather whiskers and cat’s ears, and at the other end of the price scale you’ll be able to pick up a leather bag (also with cat ears) for €340.
The Karl Lagerfeld brand has locations in Paris, Berlin, Munich, Amsterdam, Anwerp, Beijing, Shanghai.
The French luxury brand is heading to Brazil’s largest city with its travelling exhibition of photography titled “The Little Black Jacket.”
Chanel has released a short video set to whet the appetite of fans of the brand in South America. The one-minute -ong film features stunning shots of the São Paulo skyline, cut with black and white hands revealing the location of the next “Little Black Jacket” exhibition, all soundtracked by the strings of Andrew Blaney’s “Web of Intrigue.”
Set to take place from October 31 – December 1 at the city’s OCA museum in the Parque do Ibirapuera, the exhibition will offer free admission to the city’s 11 million inhabitants.
Karl Lagerfeld has added to his snaps of celebrities and famous fashion personalities dressed in Chanel’s famous jackets for the exhibition, which is curated by stylist and editor Carine Roitfeld.
Since the exhibition‘s debut in April 2012 in Tokyo, the show has traveled around the world, including visits to Beijing and Shanghai this summer.
Continuing its homage to Karl Lagerfeld, which began with the capsule collection available since July 1, Tokidoki has unveiled a necklace watch that resembles the famous designer.
The watch is a small figurine of Karl Lagerfield, cut off at the waist in characteristic Tokidoki style. The mini-Karl, outfitted with digital screens in his glasses, dangles from a 127 cm steel chain.
Pressing on the two buttons above the glasses displays the hours and minutes on this fun timepiece honoring Chanel and Fendi’s artistic director. This watch will be available from August 2013 for €199.
Designer Karl Lagerfeld has released a new video and interactive game challenging viewers to snatch his famous glasses.
Titled “Je veux les lunettes de Karl” or ‘I want Karl’s glasses’, the video sees a cartoon Karl successfully evading capture by an enthusiastic young fan who’s trying to swipe his specs (he did ask for it).
French glasses chain Optic 2000 and the Karl Lagerfeld brand are behind the fun and games, which include an interactive online game that can be played on smartphones and computers.