Who else but the Duchess of Cambridge could get Karl Lagerfeld to whip out his pen with the promise of nothing more than fantasy? Today, Women’s Wear Daily released 13 sketches of maternity designs suggested by the likes of Donna Karan, Vera Wang, Alexis Mabille, Chloé and Lagerfeld for Chanel as Kate Middleton’s baby bump continue to grow. Including both designers who frequently dress the Duchess like Amanda Wakeley, and ones who haven’t, like Huishan Zhang, the piece could be a good shot for some less recognizable names to get noticed by friends in royal places. Or not. If nothing else, it’s an exercise in imagination, which hasn’t been attempted since the Duke and Duchess’s last big event: the Royal Wedding. We picked a few designs from the selection that we think are right on the money for Kate. Click through for our selects and visit WWD for the full maternity monty.
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Kate Middleton gets 13 exclusive baby bump designs from Karl Lagerfeld, Donna Karan, Vera Wang and more
Chanel Cruise 2014: The celebs, the rich girls and beautiful backstage images from Karl’s latest runway show in Singapore
Steamy Singapore. What better site for a Chanel show given the tropical climate and its enthusiastic shoppers?
At last night’s Chanel Cruise 2013 show, the thatched huts of an old nutmeg plantation offered a colonial setting along with caviar canapés, aged cheeses and iberico ham pulled right off the bone.
Dakota Fanning, Carine Roitfeld and Andre Leon Talley were among the few Western guests, the scene otherwise dominated by Singapore gals who not only love their Chanel, they love it from pearl-drop earrings to flatform sneaker. There were two women in the same striped outfit Lana Del Rey wears in FASHION’s Summer issue, though one was jacketless. I suspect she arrived to find the other guest in the identical look and quickly doffed the jacket to avoid looking like twins.
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Oh that Karl Lagerfeld.
Turns out he didn’t tell the stars of his latest short film, Once Upon a Time…Deauville 1913, that they would have speaking roles.
“I thought it was going to be a silent movie,” Keira Knightley revealed leading up to the film premiere on the lawn of the Raffles Hotel in Singapore earlier today. Knightley, who plays Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel in the lyrical black and white short that depicts the opening of Chanel’s seaside shop, didn’t make it to the party. But plenty others did.
Sipping Singapore Slings and lounging on the rattan chairs: French actress Clotilde Hesme, who plays Chanel’s Aunt Adrienne, Saskia de Brauw who plays Vita Sackville-West, Jamie Bochert, who appears as society muse and patron Luisa Casati, and Stella Tennant, who plays Lady de Grey, an early Chanel fan and pal of Oscar Wilde (his play A Woman of No Importance was dedicated to her.)
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The case of the Keira Knightley wedding dress can officially be closed. It’s Chanel, ladies and gents.
Been hiding under a rock? We’ll bring you up to wedding speed. Knightley and Klaxons keyboardist James Righton tied the knot last weekend in the South of France. Following the ceremony, a wedding reception was supposedly held at Knightley’s mother Sharman Macdonald’s estate with over fifty guests in attendance including Sienna Miller and Karl Lagerfeld. Lovely.
Despite the rumours that Karl Lagerfeld would design a custom Chanel wedding dress for his Coco Mademoiselle ambassadress, Knightley went the low-key route, selecting a dress from her own archives instead. With the release of the candid shot above, there were many tweets speculating that the dress was Rodarte, because of its close resemblance to Knightley’s dress she wore at a BAFTA party in 2008.
However, Chanel has stepped out to clarify the rumours, as well they should!
Hand in hand with her husband, Knightley looks smitten in an above the knee pale grey tulle strapless dress from the Chanel Couture Spring 2006 collection with a little white tweed jacket created by Uncle Karl himself. She completed her bridal look with a pair of Chanel pink and grey ballet flats and topped it off with a simple pink floral halo hairpiece. Who needs custom when you’ve got love, right? (Right?)
Honestly, what can’t Uncle Karl do?
With perfume campaigns that already take the characteristics of films and several short films under his belt so far; it is only a matter of time before Karl Lagerfeld takes on the role as writer and director of an full length film. (Watch out, Tom Ford!) In celebration of the 100th anniversary of Coco Chanel’s first boutique in Deauville, Lagerfeld created Once Upon a Time, his latest short film commemorating the success of his late great predecessor.
Stepping out his usual model-only short film castings, Lagerfeld chose Keira Knightley to play the iconic role of Chanel herself alongside French actress Clotilde Hesme as Adrienne, Gabrielle’s aunt and a slew of models who play the rest of Chanel’s crew (Jamie Bochert as Marchesa Luisa Casati is sure to thrill). Stella Tennant, Lindsey Wixon and Chanel devotee Amanda Harlech have special roles in the film as well, in which we are whisked away to the early days of Gabrielle Chanel’s first boutique circa 1913.
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As a respected couture designer and a master of the art of branding, Karl Lagerfeld has an interesting place in the fashion industry. Not only is he still reigning as the creative director for Chanel and Fendi, he also has his own highly successful KARL label. Now after much anticipation, Karl Lagerfeld has launched his first watch collection. The collection, available exclusively at Hudson’s Bay in Canada, features bold designs that are synonymous with Lagerfeld’s individual style. The seven distinct watches include highlights such as luxe metallic leathers, studs and bold chains.
To celebrate the new collection, Hudson’s Bay is giving away a Karl Lagerfeld watch to two lucky FASHIONMagazine.com readers. Gah! The Karl 7 (valued at $335) is named after Lagerfeld’s lucky number, and is surrounded by a beveled top ring that is unique to most traditional watches. The Karl Zip (valued at $535) is Lagerfeld’s favourite in the collection. This unique design can be taken apart and worn as multiple pieces.
To enter for your chance to win one of these two watches, simply visit our contests page and fill in your information. The contest closes at 11:59PM EST on April 29, 2013. Good luck (on winning, and choosing a favourite style).
The Grand Palais in Paris was the centre of the universe, at least for five minutes this morning. Chanel‘s lustful Fall 2013 prêt-à-porter show staged a giant rotating globe in the main hall, which was illuminated by a rare sunny sky, gently bathing the atrium roof in a light mellow glow. The globe, as it turned, showcased little Chanel flags indicating the iconic brand’s international reach. The Chanel soundtrack began with classical music that eventually tripped into a hip hop number with the lyrics “Around the world” pulsing over and over again.
And then the clothes! All the expected ingredients were there: suits, chain purses and double C logos. The tweed jackets this season were cut lower on the hip, in many cases with a hem of mini-pleats. Some ensembles shimmered with metallic accents, while others popped in bubblegum pink. Newer silhouettes included the roomier, ubiquitous coat body with dropped sleeves, matched with a fuller ruffle miniskirt, as well as balloon sleeves that tightened at the forearm like gloves. For a playful addition, patent thigh-high leggings (in black and white) coordinated with matching boots adorned with chains. Also, several models sported furry helmets in cobalt, mint and pastel pink for a look that resembled a kooky version of Lego hair.
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Is that a hip I see? Or rather, two hips, and maybe a bit of bustle action over the behind. The Alberta Ferretti Fall 2013 collection shown in Milan yesterday started out demure enough, with ruffly white blouses and poufy little skirts. But then somewhere around Look 7, I detected a slight pannier—like a little whiff of Karl Lagerfeld’s silhouette for Chanel’s Versailles collection had wafted in.
I am not saying anything untoward is going on here—Ferretti is too talented for that. But it is interesting to see how an extreme idea can be worked in a moderate way, with a completely different effect. Where Lagerfeld’s skirts sometimes bordered on door-crashing, Ferretti’s simply put the accent on the waist in a nice, womanly way. Perfect for cocktail dresses in velvet or touched with floral embroidery.