Organ pipesFor this season's haute couture collection, the designer conceived a central burst of tubes as tall as 105 feet under the majestic glass ceiling of the Grand Palais. "One day, he says, I was at a piano concert given by Helene Arnault and Brigitte Engerer... It all started then. It is the organ buffet at the Salle Gaveau that inspired me." For Karl Lagerfeld, the fashion show's set is extremely important; It is more than a simple illustration or prolongation of the collection's theme, it is a true architectural proposition. The power, the strength, and the originality of this effort add a whole new dimension to the show, as the architecture connects the fashion to the show's music.
After Hong Kong, Mobile Art opened its doors in Tokyo. The pavilion that Zaha Hadid designed to welcome a contemporary art exhibition was set up in the center of the capital, on the site of the National Yoyogi Stadium, which was built by architect Kenzo Tange for the 1964 Olympic Games. The choice of this location is no coincidence; it allows a strong visual dialogue between 60’s Japanese utopian architecture and Zaha Hadid’s ultra-contemporary signature: fluid shapes, organic lines, and volumes without heaviness. After the Pavilion’s surprising arrival and the magic of its incredibly rapid construction (less than one month), Mobile Art has merged into Tokyo’s urban chaos, full of accidents, stylistic breakups, and clashes between extreme modernity and tradition.
It’s for a good cause: the fight against AIDS. Karl Lagerfeld and Madonna put together their talents and managed to sell this bag for 300 000 euros during the famous AMFAR dinner auction, which takes place every year at the Moulin de Mougins. For the occasion, Karl Lagerfeld designed an ultra-luxurious black version of the “Diamond Forever” bag with a white gold double “C” clasp covered in 334 diamonds (to be precise, 3.56 carats…), all held up by a white gold chain lined with alligator skin. Madonna also added her personal touch to this must-have bag: her own lipstick and a handkerchief with a carmine red kiss.