off the record
In the second issue of Style.com/Print, the Fairchild fashion site’s semiannual magazine, Chanel creative director Karl Lagerfeld reserved his trademark trash talk for a woman who can’t tweet back: the late house matriarch, Coco Chanel.
Mr. Lagerfeld blamed her late-career decline on her belief, in the 1960s, that jeans and miniskirts were “vulgar.”
“The collections from the mid-’60s to the ’70s were quite ecchh,” he told the magazine. “Then they had 10 years of respect, for what it’s worth, then the rest is … me.”
Gilt, the online retailer, has been interviewing designers around town to explore the possibility of launching its own fashion line. [WWD]
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At the risk of sounding a bit elitist and foppish, I must confess that while Madge was trying to save Malawian infants, I spent most of last week attempting to conjure up the ghost of Marcel Proust.
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Don’t shoot me-I’m only the window dresser. Every year, standing on the sidewalk directing the holiday window installation at Barneys on Madison Avenue, I am subject to the same verbal assaults: “Pur-leeeze don’t tell me these are your holiday windows!” “Huh! It gets earlier every year!” Etc.
For an entire week-this is how long it Read More
What a difference a year makes. Last winter, the name Alber Elbaz was hardly recognizable. But following the critical success of his most recent presentation for Guy Laroche, the Paris fashion house where he was appointed creative director in September 1996, Mr. Elbaz, 36, is now one of the brightest new stars in the fashion Read More