A look back at the conference given by Karl Lagerfeld on November 19, 2013 in the Grand Amphitheater at Sciences Po. The artistic director of Chanel was interviewed by Francoise-Marie Santucci, in front of an audience of Communications students and personalities from the world of culture and fashion.
Chanel's artistic director has gone back to school. For two hours, the man who ended his studies at age 16 "because he did not have enough time" spoke to an enthusiastic audience, composed of students and personalities in the Grand Amphitheater at Sciences Po, the prestigious Paris University. Hosted by Frederic Mion, the director of IEP Paris, Karl Lagerfeld presented his outstanding destiny with sincerity, subtlety and humor. "The sketcher" as he describes himself, explained the importance of knowledge in his life, "You must know everything! There are so many things to do, to read, to learn… I fight for the 48-hour day!" Karl Lagerfeld shared his view of creation, "My vision follows the times and I also change with it. To never have a fixed position in fashion is essential. We must adapt to the evolution of time, and not vice versa." He reminds the audience of his motto: "There's no credit for the past." The audience is attentive, and the tweets are published as quickly as the accurate speech of the designer.
On the occasion of this conference, Karl Lagerfeld shared some information about the upcoming Métiers d'Art 2013/14 fashion show, which will take place in Dallas on December 10th. The choice of the American city is "a tribute to the United States, the only ones who supported the return of Gabrielle Chanel in 1954 in Paris." He also stressed the importance of métiers d'art – which will be highlighted at the show – and those who perpetuate the excellence of French savoir-faire: "I deeply admire those who have the patience to work one thousand hours on an embroidered piece. As I, myself, don't have any!" After sharing his biggest regret," to not know how to play the piano," Karl Lagerfeld gave the younger generation some valuable advice: "Everyone has to find their path. No generalization."
Karl Lagerfeld, Francoise-Marie Santucci and Frederic Mion
Photo by Olivier Saillant
The Return, a film imagined, written and directed by Karl Lagerfeld will premiere in Dallas, Texas, on Tuesday, December 10th 2013, before the 2013/14 Métiers d'Art runway show, titled "Paris-Dallas". The screening and the fashion show will take place in Dallas Fair Park, a historical exhibition venue with art deco architecture that is situated in the heart of the city.
Following the short film Once Upon a Time…, which had its debut last May in Singapore, in which Karl Lagerfeld explored Gabrielle Chanel’s early days in Deauville in 1913, The Return retraces her footsteps to the reopening of her couture house in 1954 in Paris, and the importance of the role that the United States played in this come back.
The Return features Geraldine Chaplin in the role of Gabrielle Chanel alongside Rupert Everett, Anna Mouglalis, Lady Amanda Harlech, Arielle Dombasle and Kati Nescher as well as Vincent Darré and Sam McKnight. This new short film by Karl Lagerfeld will be premiered - in his presence - in Dallas, on December 10th, 2013 at 6:30pm local time, and simultaneously on chanel.com.
Photo by Olivier Saillant
The English actor incarnates an American journalist in The Return, a new film by Karl Lagerfeld. In this interview, Rupert Everett speaks about how pleasant it was to share the set with actor Geraldine Chaplin, the sublime and troubled Coco.
The Return will premiere in Dallas on December 10th, 2013 at 6:30pm local time, and simultaneously on chanel.com.
Soundtrack: Francis Poulenc "Sonata for Oboe and Piano, Op. 185_Scherzo"