Leave it to Karl Lagerfeld to turn grocery shopping, aka the most ordinary task ever, into a glamorous star-studded event. During the Chanel fall/winter 2014 show at Paris Fashion Week, Kaiser transformed the Grand Palais into a full-blown supermarket, complete with extravagant food stations and aisles stocked with “Chanel” manufactured goods, from boxed carbs to “tweed” lemon soda. After the models finished their course, editors and celebrities alike made a mad dash onto the set for their own grocery run. The result? A poised Rihanna (in Chanel Couture) picking up a few provisions—including models (and besties!) Cara Delevingne and Joan Smalls along the way.
This Fashion Month, it looks like we’re keeping up with Kendall. As half-sister to the Kardashian brood, Jenner may be more reserved, quiet, and certainly less girly than the rest, but she definitely made her presence known on the runway, rocking headlines when she walked (exclusively, we might add) at Marc Jacobs—one of the hottest and most highly anticipated shows of New York Fashion Week. With a blunt bob and bleached brows, the 18-year-old reality star-turned-model was barely recognizable. A week later, she crossed the pond and turned up the smolder as she graced the Giles runway at London Fashion Week.
At Paris Fashion Week, she got the angry model stare down pat at Givenchy, with future brother-in-law Kanye West cheering from the sidelines. And most recently, it looked as though she was on Karl Lagerfeld‘s radar, too, landing a coveted spot in the now-famous Chanel “Shopping Center” show. One could argue that her prominent family ties might have something to do with her rising star status, but on the other hand, she seems to be a natural on the runway. Based on merit alone, we’d say she’s killing it on the catwalk. From one prestigious catwalk to the next (as evidenced above), no two looks are the same. Jenner—runway chameleon? Quite possibly!
For Karl Lagerfeld‘s Chanel fall/winter 2014 production, he transformed the Grand Palais into a chic supermarket that had everyone—including InStyle‘s Fashion News Director Eric Wilson and Fashion Director Cindy Weber Cleary—”shopping” for butter, oranges, tomatoes, and pearls. It was what Wilson could only describe as “the most insanely bizarre, but kind of awesome Chanel show I’ve ever seen.”
“It was the most fun show of the season so far for sure and it was bizarre, there were products on all the shelves that had unique Chanel labeling,” adds Clearly. “The collection was for modern woman like so many other designers in Paris this week, there were luxe versions of sweatsuits, and everyone had sneakers or sneaker-boots that were crazy chic, colorful suits, color coats; it was about shopping.” To get a glimpse of show and see Cara Delevingne take a final walk with Lagerfeld himself, watch the full video above!
In this weekly feature, InStyle’s Fashion News Director Eric Wilson shares his favorite fashion moment of the week, and explains how it could shape styles to come. Look for it on What’s Right Now every Friday.
The Moment: Paris Fashion Week often resembles designer speed dating, what with all the dashing between catwalks, showroom appointments, coffees, and cocktails over nine days. It really looked that way on Wednesday night when 30 up-and-coming designers from around the world were installed in closet-sized booths within an LVMH building on Avenue Montaigne. They were the semi-finalists for the first LVMH Prize, which includes a grant of 300,000 euros, auditioning in front of a jury of mega designers that includes Karl Lagerfeld, Marc Jacobs, Raf Simons, Phoebe Philo, Riccardo Tisci, Nicolas Ghesquière, and Carol Lim and Humberto Leon from Kenzo.
So, it’s intimidating.
Uniqlo has teamed up with model and designer Inès de la Fressange to create a line of neat classics with an impeccable French twist. The result? Just as dreamy as you would imagine. But the best part is, each piece ranks in at under $60. The Japanese retailer is known for their easy, wearable pieces with unique details, weather-appropriate perks, and far from intimidating price points. So when we learned that Fressange was teaming up with Uniqlo as a part of their LifeWear line, we caught up with her for our March issue. “I like being able to buy something that is good quality and has style without being extravagant,” Fressange tell us in our 616-page issue. One of Fressange’s favorites is this tailored-to-the-body blouse with a crisp collar.
Click to see the rest of the pieces from Fressange’s collaboration with Uniqlo—each piece speaks to her chic Parisian charm.
It is hard to imagine a world where Karl Lagerfeld designed for any other brand than Chanel, but before his current job as creative director for the French fashion house, the pony-tailed designer had a slew of other high-profile gigs including posts at Fendi, Chloé, Jean Patou, Tiziani, and Balmain. As a young designer, Lagerfeld took a job at Roman couture house Tiziani in 1963 where he stayed for six years, and now we are getting a glimpse of the work he did there.
This week, hundreds of fashion sketches featuring early works by Lagerfeld will be up for grabs at Palm Beach Modern Auctions, along with drawings, photos, and letters from one of Tiziani’s favorite clients, Elizabeth Taylor. Tiziani’s founder, Evan Richards, kept Lagerfeld’s designs—several made exclusively for Taylor (above, left)—and sketchbooks together with other work produced for the fashion house, and the archive was maintained by subsequent owners. Although Lagerfeld’s drawings are definitely the highlights, the entire auction is well worth a look as it is rich with fashion history and 1960s flare. Interested in owning a Karl sketch for yourself? The auction goes live on January 11th at 12:00PM EST—visit modernauctions.com for more information and to find out how you can bid.
The year 2013 was filled with some major catwalk moments! The runway went beyond just showcasing next season’s fashion, but transported us into another world. At the House of Dior, Raf Simmons added a jagged edge for spring 2014 to his otherwise romantic silhouette, giving the pretty collection a hint of danger. The show took place in a lush wonderland, filled with with a rainbow of dense blossoms and greenery. Proving that pre-fall collections deserve our full attention, Karl Lagerfeld presented a luxuriously layered, plaid-and-ruffle-laden Chanel extravaganza at the Edinburgh’s Linlithgow Palace, former home of Mary, Queen of Scots (he later one-upped himself in Dallas). Versace‘s spring 2014 show was completely of-the-moment as Migos and Drake’s rhythmic rap, with its “Versace, Versace” hook closed the designer’s show.
In this new weekly feature, InStyle’s Fashion News Director Eric Wilson shares his favorite fashion moment of the week, and explains how it could shape styles to come. Look for it on What’s Right Now every Friday.
The Moment: A crippling ice storm in Dallas was no match for Chanel‘s annual traveling fashion extravaganza, which this year made its destination the sprawling grounds of Fair Park this past Tuesday night. The big-as-Texas blowout came with three equally jaw-dropping events, each in a different, custom-designed setting so realistic they looked as if they had always been there: First, a neon-lit drive-in movie theater (seating was in 74 vintage convertibles and trucks, or on bleachers behind them) for a shortish film directed by Karl Lagerfeld; next, a rustic-looking wooden rodeo for a cowboys-and-Indians runway show that paid tribute to the history of Texas; and finally, a roadhouse saloon party with two-step dancing lessons, a mechanical bull bucking into the wee hours, and Hot Chip on stage. Much later, waiters dressed as ranch hands offered up snack-size bags of Fritos Pie, encountering nary an upturned nose.
And, oh, this being Texas, there were lots of stars: Dakota Fanning, Kristen Stewart, China Chow and Lily Collins, who made the trip for Chanel despite flight delays, diversions, and icy roads. “It’s worth it,” Fanning said. “It’s a one-of-a-kind experience.”
The main attraction showcased the work of the artisan houses acquired by Chanel over the last decade, including glove makers, costume jewelers, and embroiderers, known as the Métiers d’Art collection. Lagerfeld chose Dallas for this show, he said, partly because American journalists and U.S. stores like Neiman Marcus were the first to support Coco Chanel’s postwar comeback in the 1950s. Also, Texas offers infinitely fertile ground for inspiration. So tweeds, there were a few, but they were backup acts to glittering dresses made of tiny red, white, and blue star-shaped sequins, fringed ponchos, leggings with trompe-l’oeil cowboy boot patterns, quilted handbags shaped like saddles, leather holsters armed with bottles of Chanel No. 5, buttons in the shape of sheriff’s badges, and even a couple of feathered headdresses for a somewhat controversial effect.
“It’s everything since the beginning of the state of Texas,” Lagerfeld said. “I don’t go too much into the cowboy style. That’s too easy. There are no cheerleaders or Stetsons.”
Why It’s a Wow: Lagerfeld’s film, called The Return, went a long way toward explaining the connection between Dallas and Coco Chanel, who is practically resurrected onscreen by a captivating Geraldine Chaplin (puffing on cigarettes deliriously as her work is rejected by the French press). And if Lagerfeld’s collection, besides being an over-the-top spectacle, played into certain Texas stereotypes (the bigger the hair, the closer to Karl), the Texans did not seem to mind.
“He is going to make a fortune,” said Becca Cason Thrash, a Houston fundraiser known for lavish entertaining. “Every single person that has a house in Aspen, Jackson Hole, or Montana is going to buy something. This has been the most exciting thing to happen around here since sliced bread.”