From top: Karl Lagerfeld, Gone with the Wind, 1996; Karl Lagerfeld, Untitled, 1996; KarlLagerfeld, Series Eiffel-Turm, 2010; Karl Lagerfeld, Lüstern aber schüchtern, Serie Hommagean Lyonel Feininger, 1997. Images courtesy Galerie Gmurzynska.
“I was once a professor at the College of Applied Art in Vienna. In the short period in which I lectured, I realized that I had absolutely no educational fiber whatsoever, that I wasn’t interested in my students. Without being egotistical, what I do is make things. Explaining it to others is not my thing at all. I’m a battlefield person. And generals don’t necessarily make a good minister of war.” — Karl Lagerfeld
“It is with deep sadness that the House of Chanel announces the passing of Karl Lagerfeld, the Creative Director for the Chanel Fashion House since 1983. Virginie Viard, director of Chanel’s fashion creation studio and Lagerfeld’s closest collaborator for more than thirty years, has been entrusted by Alain Wertheimer with the creative work for the collections, so that the legacy of Gabrielle Chanel and Karl Lagerfeld can live on.” — Chanel, February 19, 2019
“I love frivolousness. I know a lot of people who would have disappeared long ago had they not been frivolous… I hate it when the gentlemen with their taffeta and scissors take themselves too seriously. I love everything that is transcient. You should never anchor yourself in an epoch. The tale of Romeo and Juliet lasted only one night, and now it’s the symbol of eternal love.” — Karl Lagerfeld
The fashion designer, creative director, photographer, artist, publisher, bibliophile, actor, author, costumer, and aphorist was a cherished contributor to PARIS LA, supporting Chanel’s campaign collaborations over the last ten years, and creating a poster for Issue 5.
“I have no conception of my valuable time. For me, wasting time is the ultimate luxury. For example, if I’m lying on the couch and reading an interesting book when I should be doing something else, maybe that’s wasting time. But the stimulation of a guilty conscience is extremely creative. It’s the spice of life.” — Karl Lagerfeld
Lagerfeld quotes from Deutsch Vogue Dialogues, “Camouflage, Camouflage: Voyeur Karl Lagerfeld in conversation with his friend Gabriele Henkel, an expert on the stage management of life” (originally published in Deutsch Vogue in 1992), edited by Condé Nast Germany (Munich: Prestel Verlag, 2004), 110–114.
“Antonio didn’t record—he rendered.” — Joan Juliet Buck
ANTONIO LOPEZ 1970—SEX, FASHION & DISCO—an exquisite time capsule directed by James Crump—takes viewers back to the would-be golden age of the early 1970s for an exploration into the lives of artist Antonio Lopez (1943-1987) and his personal and creative partner Juan Ramos (1942-1995) as they navigated the art and fashion worlds of Manhattan and Paris.
With the flashy exuberance that characterized Antonio’s life as well as his drawings, the documentary features extensive on-screen interviews with Antonio discoveries Pat Cleveland, Donna Jordan, Jane Forth, Patti D’Arbanville, Jessica Lange, and CoreyTippin.
Editors Grace Coddington, Joan Juliet Buck, and Bob Colacello explain Antonio’s various entanglements within the distinct yet overlapping Yves Saint Laurent and Karl Lagerfeld “families,” and the late photographer and Lopez-Ramos confidante Bill Cunningham walks away with the film, giving the last word on Lagerfeld’s final betrayal and Oscar de la Renta’s heroism.*