KARL LAGERFELD Paris Launches in North America With Unveiling of Fall 2016 Advertising Campaign, “Love From Paris, Karl xx”

KARL LAGERFELD Paris has launched its Fall 2016 advertising campaign, Love from Paris, Karl xx, which coincides with the brand’s launch in North America. For the first time, the globally-renowned designer and his Paris-based fashion house are sharing their accessible luxe collections and modern wardrobe essentials with the United States, Canada and Mexico.

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As one of the world’s most celebrated fashion designers, Karl Lagerfeld is internationally recognized for his aspirational and cutting-edge approach to style. His namesake fashion house – based in Paris’ Sain-Germain-des-Prés district – manifests his signature aesthetic that is modern and cool, with an unmistakable rock-and-roll edge. A living legend of style, Karl Lagerfeld is a designer, photographer and publisher.

Designed specifically for the North American market, KARL LAGERFELD Paris is inspired by iconic Parisian style and effortless elegance, with sleek tailoring and feminine touches. A black and white palette is accented by pops of color and unique prints – all created for today’s on-the-go woman. Products include women’s accessories, bags, footwear and ready-to-wear such as dresses, pants, blouses and suits.

(KARL LAGERFELD Paris previously announced its launch in North America through a joint venture with GIII Apparel Group, Ltd., thus forming Karl Lagerfeld North America.)

KARL LAGERFELD Paris is now available online at www.KarlLagerfeldParis.com, and in-store at select Lord & Taylor and Dillard’s (USA), Hudson’s Bay (Canada) and Liverpool (Mexico). Upon its launch , the Fall 2016 campaign will launch on September 7th and is already appearing in top fashion and lifestyle titles in addition to social channels and platforms.

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Mr. Lagerfeld artistically directed and photographed the Fall 2016 campaign, in collaboration with Laird + Partners. It was styled by the renowned Charlotte Stockdale and features models Joan Smalls and Hailey Baldwin against a backdrop of larger-than-life landmarks from New York City and Paris. Shot in tones of black and white, the aesthetic reflects Karl Lagerfeld’s cool, unique and timeless vision.

For a designer it’s great to work with the girls of the moment, because clothes express our times but girls do too,” said Lagerfeld, while photographing Smalls and Baldwin.

Friends and followers of the brand are invited to explore the collection and all the latest from KARL LAGERFELD Paris using #KARLLAGERFELDPARIS

Duesseldorf Tourism and Duesseldorf Airport Announce New Art Exhibition “Horst: Photographer of Style” at NRW-Forum Duesseldorf

A comprehensive retrospective of German-born Horst P. Horst – who was one of the leading photographers of the 20th century and remains an important influence today – opens at the NRW-Forum Düsseldorf, on February 12, 2016, and runs until May 22. The exhibition is curated by the Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A), London, and presents 250 photographic works spanning 60 years, including iconic images from his time as a Vogue photographer and lesser-known projects alongside rarely seen drawings, letters, films and couture gowns.

Muriel Maxwell, American Vogue cover, 1 July 1939 © Condé Nast / Horst Estate Muriel Maxwell, American Vogue cover, 1 July 1939 © Condé Nast / Horst Estate

Muriel Maxwell, American Vogue cover, 1 July 1939 © Condé Nast / Horst Estate Muriel Maxwell, American Vogue cover, 1 July 1939 © Condé Nast / Horst Estate 

Horst was born Horst Paul Albert Bohrmann in 1906 in Weissenfels, Germany and studied at Hamburg Kunstgewerbeschule before travelling to Paris in 1930 to work as an apprentice to the architect Le Corbusier. He began his career as photographer under the guidance of George Hoyningen-Huene, working for Vogue from 1932 onwards. In 1939, Horst moved to New York and in 1943 he became an American citizen, joined the United States Army and changed his surname from Bohrmann to Horst. After the war, he built a house in Long Island, New York, and remained in America for the rest of his life. He died in Florida in 1999, at the age of 93.

Corset by Detolle for Mainbocher 1939 © Condé Nast/Horst Estate

Corset by Detolle for Mainbocher 1939 © Condé Nast/Horst Estate

Creatively, Horst traversed the worlds of photography, art, fashion, design, theatre and high society. The exhibition explores his collaborations and friendships with leading couturiers such as Coco Chanel and Elsa Schiaparelli in Paris; stars including Marlene Dietrich and Rita Hayworth; and artists and designers such as Salvador Dalí and Jean-Michel Frank.

Dress by Hattie Carnegie, 1939 © Condé Nast/Horst Estate

Dress by Hattie Carnegie, 1939 © Condé Nast/Horst Estate

Horst found inspiration from many sources, including ancient Classical architecture, the Bauhaus ideals of modern design and Surrealist art. His elegant black and white studies from the 1930s show his mastery of light and shade. The advent of color film enabled a fresh approach and Horst went on to create more than 90 Vogue covers and countless pages in vivid color. A selection of 25 large color photographs, newly printed from the original transparencies from the Condé Nast Archive, demonstrate Horst’s exceptional skill as a colorist. These prints feature Horst’s favorite models from the 1940s and 50s, such as Carmen Dell’Orefice, Muriel Maxwell and Dorian Leigh, and are shown together with preparatory sketches, which have never previously been exhibited.

Round the Clock, New York, 1987 © Condé Nast/Horst Estate

Round the Clock, New York, 1987 © Condé Nast/Horst Estate

The exhibition also reveals little-known aspects of Horst’s work: nude studies, travel photographs from the Middle East and patterns created from natural forms. The creative process behind some of his most famous photographs, such as the Mainbocher Corset, is revealed through the inclusion of original contact sheets, sketches and cameras.

During the 1960s and 1970s, Horst photographed some of the world’s most beautiful and luxurious homes for House and Garden and Vogue under the editorship of his friend Diana Vreeland. A three-sided projection and interactive screens presents these colorful studies. Among the most memorable are the Art Deco apartment of Karl Lagerfeld, the three lavish dwellings of Yves Saint Laurent and the Roman palazzo of artist Cy Twombly.

Summer Fashions, American Vogue cover, 15 May 1941 © Condé Nast/Horst Estate

Summer Fashions, American Vogue cover, 15 May 1941 © Condé Nast/Horst Estate

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H&M Conscious Exclusive 2016 – Historic Art Inspires Fashion For The Future

H&M announces a collaboration with the Musee des Arts Decoratifs, located in the Palais du Louvre in Paris to celebrate the new H&M Conscious Exclusive Collection. This beautiful new range has been inspired by the archives of the museum, and will be launched on Thursday, April 7th, 2016, to coincide with the opening of the highly anticipated exhibition, Fashion forward – Three Centuries Of Fashion. H&M reveal Parisian Art Director, style maven and sustainability champion, Julia Restoin Roitfeld, will be the face of the campaign.

Parisian Art Director, style maven and sustainability champion, Julia Restoin Roitfeld, will be the face of the campaign.

Parisian Art Director, style maven and sustainability champion, Julia Restoin Roitfeld, will be the face of the campaign.

I am honored to be the ambassador of such a unique project. I think that the idea of creating a collection inspired by the history of art and fashion is fantastic, especially since it is made with innovative and sustainable materials which are the future of fashion,” says Julia. Known for her distinctively personal sense of style, Julia is the embodiment of effortless, conscious, modern cool.Conscious Exclusive 3 - high res

For this Conscious Exclusive Collection the H&M design team has worked closely with the museum, delving into their collections of archival fashions as well as the work of artists such as Gustave Moreau to find inspiration. The outcome is a glamorous line of modern red carpet pieces infused with tactile charm, a nostalgic aesthetic and a historical legacy.

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With this collection we brought the idea of sustainability to new levels. Working with new innovative materials such as beads and rhinestones made from recycled glass and Denimite, a material made from recycled worn-out denim. We have created contemporary styles imbued with a sophisticated charm,” says Ann-Sofie Johansson, Creative Advisor at H&M.Conscious Exclusive 5 - high res

H&M will be the exclusive sponsor of the upcoming exhibition which will include selected styles from the H&M archives, including a look from the first ever H&M designer collaboration with Karl Lagerfeld in 2004 as well as one silhouette from the new Conscious Exclusive collection.Conscious Exclusive 6 - high res

The complete collection, featuring clothing and accessories for women, will be available from Thursday April 7th in approximately 180 stores worldwide and online at www.hm.com. For more information please visit www.hm.com.

H&M Celebrates Their History Of Designer Collaborations In An Exclusive Book

H&M, Hennes & Mauritz, A.B., is excited to announce a new book available in select stores on November 6th to coincide with their Alexander Wang x H&M launch. The brand, a pioneer of designer collaborations, has dug into their archive to highlight a decade of partnering with luxury designers in an exclusive collector’s edition book available in select H&M stores on November 6th.

The book will retail for $34.95, available for purchase November 6, 2014 at select H&M store locations throughout the US. 25% of the cover price will go to UNICEF.

The book will retail for $34.95, available for purchase November 6, 2014 at select H&M store locations throughout the US. 25% of the cover price will go to UNICEF.

The book, The First Ten Years (which will retail for $34.95, available for purchase November 6, 2014 at select H&M store locations throughout the US. 25% of the cover price will go to UNICEF) takes readers through the creative journey of past to present designer collaborations. With dedicated chapters for each designer, readers can expect an insider view of archive materials surrounding each collection. In addition to ad campaigns, quotes and interviews some never before seen materials will be woven into this fascinating read.

In 2004, the Karl Lagerfeld for H&M collection changed fashion forever by bringing luxury style to a new audience at affordable prices. “Taste and looking chic is no longer a question of money or how you spend, but how you create a unique sense of style” says Lagerfeld.

The democratization of fashion is in the H&M DNA and for the past ten years the Swedish brand has exposed cutting edge designs from all the modern day greats. From Stella McCartney‘s dedication to create eco-conscious pieces to Sonia Rykiel’s knitwear, to the glitz of Versace the brand has redirected fashion retail trends and proven chic is not a question of money.

The First Ten Years, a one-hundred and forty page collector’s edition will feature the designs and imagery from Karl Lagerfeld, Stella McCartney, Viktor & Rolf, Roberto Cavalli, Commes des Garcons, Matthew Williamson, Jimmy Choo, Sonia Rykiel, Lanvin, Versace, Marni, Maison Martin Margiela, Isabel Marant and Alexander Wang.

The Museum of Modern Art’s 2013 Film Benefit Honors Tilda Swinton on November 5

The Museum of Modern Art’s 2013 Film Benefit, to be held on November 5, will honor actress Tilda Swinton, an Academy Award winner for Best Supporting Actress for Michael Clayton (2007). Swinton has starred in a wide range of films including Orlando (1992), The Deep End (2001), The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (2007), Julia (2008), Burn After Reading (2008), I am Love (2009), We Need to Talk About Kevin (2011), and Only Lovers Left Alive (2013). Throughout her career, Swinton has worked with notable artists/filmmakers including Doug Aitken, Lynn Hershman-Leeson, Derek Jarman, Olivier Saillard, and Isaac Julien as well as conceiving her performance art piece The Maybe which she first performed at the Serpentine gallery in London in 1995 and most recently—in 2013—at MoMA.moma-logo

The honorary co-chairs for the 2013 Film Benefit are Marie-Josée Kravis, President, and Jerry I. Speyer, Chairman, of the Museum’s Board of Trustees. The event’s co-chairs include Wes Anderson, David Bowie, Ralph Fiennes, Karl Lagerfeld, and Anna Wintour.

The Film Benefit will be highlighted by a tribute recognizing Swinton’s acclaimed work and a gala dinner. The event is generously sponsored by Chanel.

Rajendra Roy, The Celeste Bartos Chief Curator of Film at MoMA, states: ”As traditional boundaries between artistic practices have faded, and the influence of the avant-garde and art world-based moving image makers has infiltrated every area of film production, Tilda Swinton has been a standard-bearer for innovation and risk. Her multihyphenate talents—actor, performer, activist, muse—have made her a leading light across a spectrum of cinematic endeavors.”

MoMA’s vast film collection includes a number of films featuring Swinton: Aria (1987), Friendship’s Death (1987), Blue (1993), Das Offene Universum (1993), Conceiving Ada (1997), Love Is the Devil: Study for a Portrait of Francis Bacon (1998), Adaptation (2002), Teknolust (2002), Strange Culture (2007), Derek (2008), and We Need to Talk About Kevin (2011).

The Film Benefit raises funds for the acquisition and preservation of great film works, as well as providing support for upcoming film exhibitions at MoMA. Previous honorees include Quentin Tarantino, Pedro Almodóvar, Kathryn Bigelow, Tim Burton, and Baz Luhrmann. Tables to the Film Benefit are available for $75,000, $50,000, and $25,000 and may be reserved by calling (212) 708-9680.

AN APPRECIATION: BEAUTY BEYOND BEAUTY AT THE CHANEL SPRING/SUMMER 2013 HAUTE COUTURE SHOW

by Phillip D. Johnson/Editorial Director

Lookbook Images courtesy of www.fashiongonerogue.com)

Runway Images: www.chanel.com 

Chanel Spring/Summer 2013 Haute Couture Collection (www.chanel.com)

Chanel Spring/Summer 2013 Haute Couture Collection (www.chanel.com)

Chanel Spring/Summer 2013 Haute Couture Collection (www.chanel.com)

Chanel Spring/Summer 2013 Haute Couture Collection (www.chanel.com)

I love KARL LAGERFELD’s work for CHANEL (even when I don’t immediately get where he’s going with the collection), especially his Haute Couture showings. He’s just one of the leading creative minds—in any industry—of our generation and has been so for the past 50 years. Having said that, I LOVED LOVED his SPRING/SUMMER 2013 HAUTE COUTURE show, recently held in Paris. Mr. Lagerfeld was inspired by—but not restricted to—the pre-World War One Poiret, La Gazette du Bon Ton and Les Choses de Poiret vues par Lepape — seminal publications of the time — that were odes to the romantic fluffiness of 1930s evenings and up to the 50s and today. Continue reading