Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Who was right about fashion and wrong about women?

Karl Lagerfeld, known world-wide for fashion design has died.  I had a fine wool suit with silk ribbon trim around the lapels designed by Chanel. That was before Lagerfeld took over the design in 1983. The suit was elegant, feminine and on sale at a deep discount. Otherwise, it would have been worn by someone else.  

With social media, there is a swirl of coverage of his life in words and pictures.  Vogue has a stylish obituary with 40 of its own pictures through the decades of his career - famous celebrities and models photographed by famous photographers.  HERE.  

Search on his name and look at the hundreds of consistent and constant image pictures - the high white collars, black jackets, black jeans and always the white pony tale and glasses.  The fingerless gloves are a curiosity that he always wore.  Included in the pictures is a Karl Lagerfeld Barbie Doll (for the adult collector) that is dressed in his iconic outfit.

Look up Karl Lagerfeld quotes. Harper's Bazaar chose 9 quotes - and the first three are hilarious:
1. “Sweatpants are a sign of defeat. You lost control of your life so you bought some sweatpants.”
2. "Trendy is the last stage before tacky."
3. “I remember a designer who said that intelligent women don’t wear her dresses. Obviously, she went bankrupt.”
These are often repeated:
"I am very much down to Earth. Just not this earth."
"When I was four I asked my mother for a valet for my birthday."

"A diet is the only game where you win while you're losing."
But Lagerfeld's pouting mouth and dark glasses revealed the nasty side of his persona.  It isn't a surprise that one can retrieve a long list of cutting, controversial and cruel quotes.  He was called misogynistic and fat phobic many times by many famous celebrities responding to his "epic one-liners."  One obituary headline says it:  "Chanel's Karl Lagerfeld was right about fashion and wrong about women".

We're looking at abstracts of the urban environment today.

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