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‘The Hitchcock of Fashion’: Meet the Gala in Honor of Karl Lagerfeld | Karl Lagerfeld

debtun, Fendi, but hopefully no fur, the late fashion designer’s 65-year career Karl Lagerfeld Next spring, New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art will host a major exhibition, followed by a gala, or Met Gala, in May.

At a press conference in Paris Anna WinterEditor of US Vogue and honorary co-chair of the exhibition.

She describes the designer as a friend, a king of commerce, an intellectual, and “the most well-read person I’ve ever known,” and said: I’m here.

“He hated the idea that fashion stood still, so he was admired from behind.”

The event, originally scheduled for 2021, has been postponed due to the Covid pandemic.

The exhibition’s full title, Karl Lagerfeld: The Line of Beauty, is named after Hogarth’s 1753 aesthetic theory outlined in An Analysis of Beauty, and focuses on the transformation of Lagerfeld’s 2D sketches into 3D clothing. guess

The five sisters of Lagerfeld and Fendi, head of the Italian fashion house. Photo: Vittoriano Rastelli/Corbis/Getty Images

Chloé, Fendi, Chanelhis Karl Lagerfeld label, and his work on Balmain and Patou.

The exhibition is underpinned by two beauty lines, straight and meandering, culminating in ten looks that focus on Lagerfeld’s ironic side.

The clothing is likely conveyed by his black-and-white uniform and includes aphorisms or karisms, including “sweatpants are a sign of defeat,” often quoted in pandemics.

At the time of his death, Lagerfeld was the creative director of three labels: Chanel, Fendi, and his namesake label. But as his maxim (“trendy is the last step before stickiness”) and his cat (Choupette) fans can attest, the designer’s influence extends far beyond the catwalk, where fashion It symbolizes the way it has permeated the wider culture. An outfit inspired by, if not Lagerfeld-designed, at the gala would be a nod to his tentacle reach.

Without his sunglasses, high-collared Hilditch & Key shirt, driving gloves, his favorite Diet Coke, and his signature stark white ponytail, Lagerfeld was a whimsical figure rarely seen.

Musician Pharrell Williams, actor and model Cara Delevingne with Lagerfeld in Paris.
Musician Pharrell Williams with actors and models Cara Delevingne and Lagerfeld in Paris, 2017. Photo: Bertrand Lindoff Petrov/Getty Images

“He was the Hitchcock of the fashion world,” said Andrew Bolton, Curator of the Costume Institute. “There was always Karl on his runway.”

As famous as a stamp, his trademark image is likely to make an appearance on the red carpet in May in some form.

Among the host of celebrities (which included poet Amanda Gorman last year and Harry Styles before that) were: Pharrell Williams, regularly wore Lagerfeld’s Chanel to public events. “Forgive me [saying] This, however, I associate Karl with Chanel more than with Gabrielle [Bonheur “Coco” Chanel].

“I feel very lucky to have experienced him. No pun intended.

It’s the third time the Met has curated a designer-focused show, following Alexander McQueen in 2011 (who died in 2010) and the founder of Japan’s Comme des Garçons. Rei Kawakubo 2017.

Bolton agreed with Winter, stating that Lagerfeld was “100% intimidated by the idea and kept telling me over and over again that fashion is not art and fashion should not be shown in museums”, but the exhibition explained that it was more like an essay than an essay. look back. “We knew he wanted to be more positive than backward.

The theme isn’t a complete departure from last year’s controversial golden charm. Global economic crisis following pandemicLagerfeld’s creations include Chanel bouclé suits and oversized pearls, Chloé faux fur, quilting on everything from dresses to handbags, adorned with pastoral motifs of arches, not to mention the Double C logo. The gown was included and routinely strayed into four figures.

Lagerfeld attends the Chanel show with supermodels Naomi Campbell, Claudia Schiffer, Amber Valletta, Kate Moss and Stella Tennant in Paris in October 1996.
Lagerfeld attends the Chanel show with supermodels Naomi Campbell, Claudia Schiffer, Amber Valletta, Kate Moss and Stella Tennant in Paris in October 1996. Photo: William Stevens/Gamma-Rapho/Getty Images

Nor is it a controversial designer. He later documented in the book after he lost over 90 pounds on a strict diet. “A little too fat” And when he sparked outrage in 2017 caused the holocaust In connection with German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s immigration policy.

It would be remiss to ignore Lagerfeld’s relationship with fur, which began at Fendi in the late 1960s. “that is [complicated]said Bolton. “We don’t collect furs anymore. We only have historical pieces, but they were a big part of his legacy, so we’re including some of them. I don’t believe in censoring history, I believe in contextualizing history.

“We would like to reach out to Peta and let them know what we are doing and what we are thinking. They will have their own opinions.”

When asked if he would see Fendi fur on the red carpet in May, Bolton said: No. ‘The Hitchcock of Fashion’: Meet the Gala in Honor of Karl Lagerfeld | Karl Lagerfeld

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