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Fashion Life Style by Karl Lagerfeld

Sunday, 22 March 2009

Karl LagerfeldLook at the eccentric grey-headed gentleman in half-faced glasses and wearing elegant suit, all the time in the circle of bodyguards, the halo of scandals and admirers. The most mysterious, the most influential, the most talented. His name is always in the news journal, periodics and yellow pages, he is hunted by paparazzis and young designers (!) for confidential and thus so much desired information and new ideas. Here he is - Fashion Guru, Karl Lagerfeld, always shocking, looking stunning.

Karl Lagerfeld was born in Hamburg, Germany, in September 10, 1938 to a wealthy, say classical burgher family. His father's initiative, who once made a fortune supplying condensed milk to Europe, guaranteed a considerable future for his son. Karl received an excellent educational background; he perfectly mastered three foreign languages, English, Italian and French.  Then he showed a great interest to reading that put the start of going in for books for the rest of his life. But his classic education was not ended at this point. Karl's mother, full-blooded aristocrat, cultivated good manners and taste to her son from early childhood. And Frau Lagerfeld was a perfect expert in fashion and perfumery. The designer likes telling a story that happened to him in his childhood: little Karl showed poor results in music. And eventually his mother quitted and advised that her son start drawing instead, since «drawing is not that noisy, at least».

When he was fourteen, Karl leaves his parental house to learn designing.  He is accepted as a student to the school at the Haute Couture Secretariat where he successfully grasps the beauty science.

Once the new whiz kid decides to exhibit his talent to open public and participates in the Contest of Fashion Drawings arranged by the International Wool Secretariat. Being confident in his work but still trembling Karl presented the draft of a coat to the contest jury. And this was a very important moment in his life! Since jury was presented by Hubert de Givenchy, Pierre Balmain and Christian Dior.

And the life of the 16-year-old German teenager endures sea changes. Now he is an adult, he is one of lads in the fashion world. Bohemia swallows him up and into the so sweet whirl of events. And no ways his life will be like a life of ordinary Deutsch burgher.

Just after his successful debut at the prestigious Contest of Drafts Karl is invited to work with the Pierre Balmain himself. Tediously he works in his studio for three years making drafts and learning craftwork and fine nuances of fashion industry.

In 1959 Karl Lagerfeld becomes a creative manager for the Jean Patou House and designs two haute couture collections a year for five years. Such a speed brings to depression and Lagerfeld thinks of quitting the fashion industry. He leaves for Italy and all his leisure time he spends reading and learning the history of art. And starting from 1964 he tries himself in freelance-design for Krizia, Fendi, Charles Laurdan and Chloe. And the collections for such different pillars of fashion have never conflicted. Such a «versatile creation» can be easily explained since the master is very responsive to the individual styles, he perceives the pulse intuitively and is capable to create a thing that is close to traditions and customs of every Fashion House.

And this exact feature helped Karl Lagerfeld to work with Chanel House. The admirers had a feeling that a Great Mademoiselle returned to life, to the great extent Lagerfeld grasped the atmosphere and ideas of one of the famous Fashion Houses in the world. Yet, he never repeated in his ideas and he never recreated Coco's style. Lagerfeld introduced new feeling of liberty and modernity, sensitiveness and steadfastness to Chanel House. In 1983 Lagerfeld is assigned Haute Couture lines and in 1984 - all trends of ready-made clothes. He continued designing for Chanel, he established his own design business lines named KL by Karl Lagerfeld.

And, of course, Karl Lagerfeld is not only brand name for clothes. It is splendid perfume as well (fragrance for Chloe named Perfumes Lagerfeld, Photo perfume, perfume for men JAKO & KL), expressive and stunning photos he shot himself. In 1993 he is awarded a Lucky Strike Designer Award, and in 1996 - the Prize of Deutsch Society of Photographers.

The books from private collection of this master deserve to be specially mentioned. There are not plenty of them; there are a huge number of them collected with manic love and purposefulness.  Lagerfeld will never agree to lose them. Apart from selling at the auction Christei's for a profit, may be.

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