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.
This year, the 7th edition of the Lille Transphotographiques photography festival is dedicated to the passionate and sometimes intense relationship between fashion and photography. “No one but Karl Lagerfeld could represent these two worlds so perfectly,” says Olivier Spillebout, the curator of the exhibition. “He is certainly the most emblematic person in fashion; everyone knows his work as a fashion designer, but not everyone knows him as a photographer. Karl Lagerfeld lets us into his intimate life, the result of a long-term project, a collaboration of top model Brad Kroenig and a designer behind the camera.” This “One Man Shown” shows the many faces of Brad’s masculine identity, as he poses as a “James Dean” cowboy or a contemporary playboy or in a chic tuxedo… A range of identities, which serves as a canvas for Karl Lagerfeld’s exploration of different photographic genres.
The final of the Cruise Collection in Miami
The Cruise Collection, which took place around the edge of the swimming pool at Miami Beach’s Raleigh Hotel, ended in an exceptional performance by United States Synchronized Swimming champions clad in bathing caps, nose -plugs and goggles designed by CHANEL.
A midnight swim in Miami
The Cruise Show after party was supposed to take place in a club on Lincoln Road, but no one wanted to abandon the Raleigh Hotel where the show had taken place. Karl Lagerfeld’s guests, a mix of superstars from the American fashion press, Miami jet setters in head-to-toe CHANEL and iconic actresses including Anna Mouglalis, Diane Kruger and Joana Preiss, all seemed thrilled about this tropical fashion break. The night ended in the pool with a midnight swim.
“Miami is a timeless and free place. With the sea and the sun all year long, it can only be relaxing. The perfect place to show a cruise collection,” declared Karl Lagerfeld. For this season, the designer imagined a collection of chic but laid-back looks: pastel colors, a lot of summery white as well as impeccable black, vinyl and tweed jackets, striped swimsuits, silk satin flares, belted jackets in beige toweling, large and voluptuous sweaters, a combination of structured and voluminous shapes and a collection of fun and luxurious jewelry. Over 300 international celebrities were invited to the early evening show. Among those in the front row: actresses Diane Kruger and Anna Mouglalis, the young Zoe Kravitz and tennis star Anna Kournikova – without forgetting Anna Wintour, of course.
For the Cruise 2008/9 Collection show in Miami
Before each Cruise Collection fashion show, Karl Lagerfeld organizes a private dinner where he brings together the celebrities who have traveled the world to come and see his show. This year, Karl Lagerfeld's intimate friends and favorite actresses met at Casa Tua: Joana Preiss, Diane Kruger, Anna Mouglalis and many more... A relaxing moment before the next day's event.
Her favorite places in Miami
Chan Marshall, photo by Karl Lagerfeld
Chan Marshall, the celebrated underground folk singer known as Cat Power, and a CHANEL icon, reveals some hot spots in Miami, where she has been living for the past few years.
Fly Boutique, 650 Lincoln Rd, Tel. (305) 604 85 08 /
Tap Tap, 819 5th Street, Tel. (305) 672 28 98
Versailles, 3555 SW 8th Street, Little Havana, Tel. (305) 444 02 40
The Deuce Bar, 222 14th Street, Tel. (305) 531 62 00
The Room, 100 Collins Ave, Tel. (305) 531 60 61
61st annual Cannes Film Festival
Lily Allen with her pink CHANEL sunglasses
The CHANEL Contemporary Art Container designed by architect Zaha Hadid was presented for the first time in Hong Kong, in the heart of one of the town’s most spectacular architectural sites. This pavilion, which serves as an exhibition hall, was inspired by the famous 2.55 quilted handbag created by Gabrielle Chanel.
“I think that through architecture, I can help people to discover another world, enchant them, enthuse them with my ideas. My architecture is intuitive, radical, international and dynamic. My studio’s constructions allow people to encounter original experiences, there is something strange and new about them similar to the discovery of an unknown country. The Mobile Art Pavilion I designed for CHANEL goes by these principles of inspiration” says Zaha Hadid.
It is this talent for innovation that seduced Karl Lagerfeld when he asked her to invent a building that can be transported, set up and dismantled from city to city: “She is the first architect to have found a way to part from the omnipresent post-Bauhaus aesthetic. Her concepts are similar to those of great poetry; the potential of her imagination is immense.”
Each work of art and installation presented in the pavilion has been designed especially for the exhibition by one of over twenty international artists. Zaha Hadid has created more than just an exhibition space. It is a true landscape of fluid shapes in which installations come together like in an organic labyrinth.