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Karl Lagerfeld’s Sister Is Just a Regular Grandma Living in Connecticut

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Image: SIPA/WENN.com

We all know it’s friggin’ great being in Karl Lagerfeld’s crew, but if you’re a member of his actual family, you’re watching the designer live out his fabulous life from the sidelines, brimming with pride. Or at least you are if you’re Christiane Johnson, Lagerfeld’s older sister who lives in Portland, Connecticut.

In a recent The New York Times article outlining the life of Brad Kroenig, a member of Lagerfeld’s crew, the designer mentions that his entourage is like his family since he has none. He briefly mentions his sister, but adds that she and her ilk never send him Christmas cards.

Well, if there is any bad blood between the designer and his sister, she certainly doesn’t know it. The Daily Mail caught up with the 83-year-old big sis of the fashion mogul, who says she is very proud of her brother and has clippings of his accomplishments in her home. Johnson and Lagerfeld have not seen each other since the 70s. She says they started drifting after he became a hit in Paris. One of the last times she saw him, Lagerfeld came in a limo to visit her in Portland. “That was the time when limousines were a bit special. The whole town saw a limousine come through – that was really something. I think he had his glasses on.” But of course he did.

Johnson says she hasn’t seen her brother over the years because of his busy schedule and how difficult it is to coordinate spending time together. They do occasionally write each other and she says that she would welcome Lagerfeld with open arms if he came to visit her in Connecticut again.

We know Lagerfeld’s a busy guy, but we have a hard time imagining him being too busy to not see his flesh and blood for over 40 years. That’s a really long time. And considering how accommodating Mr. Lagerfeld is with those he is not related to, it seems a little hard to believe he couldn’t invite his sister, her children or any of his six grand nieces and nephews at least to a Chanel fashion show. But who knows? Family stuff is complicated.

Connecticut isn’t that far from New York City — maybe he’ll have the family come around to see the Paris-Salzburg Métiers d’Art show in March…or maybe not.

[via Daily Mail]

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Peen Takes Center Stage at Rick Owens’ Men’s Show (NSFW, Obviously)

Image: Imaxtree

Image: Imaxtree

We’re used to seeing naked breasts on the runway and it always seems a little unfair. We like boobs just as much as the next person, but the media tends to be more comfortable with putting lady parts on display than they are with boy goodies. Thank goodness then for Rick Owens, who battled the double standard today during his men’s Fall 2015 show, sending male models down the runway in clothes that exposed their naughty bits.

Owens’ designs were artfully constructed to reveal a glimpse of what was underneath — and we’re not completely mad at that. Sure, swinging privates may not be the most attractive thing to look at for some folks, but we like to think of it as Owens soldiering on for gender equality. Women go full frontal all the time, but guys, not so much. 

Click through the gallery below to see the NSFW pictures. (more…)

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Richard Nicoll Won’t Show at London Fashion Week Next Month

The British Fashion Awards 2014

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After the disappointing news that designer Richard Nicoll wouldn’t be showcasing at London Collections: Men this season, we’ve learned that he’s pulling out of London Fashion Week’s Fall 2015 schedule.

Nicoll is loved for his one-size-fits-all trademark, his geometric cuts and use of inventive fabrics, but it seems that the difficult world of fashion has swallowed him up somewhat. In a recent interview with WWD, Nicoll explained that he’s found the increased number of seasons and commercial pressures difficult to deal with. So much so that he said, “I felt the need to pause and think of the best and most relevant way forward for now.”

In light of his honest words, it seems that the designer is taking a much needed break to revise his business strategy and gather a bit of design inspiration, but rest assured that he promises to relaunch his label for Resort 2016. We’re sure that celebrity fans, like Daisy Lowe, will be eagerly counting down the days.

 

@daisylowe looking hot in AW14 cable knit and jersey skirt last night, available @netaporter

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[via WWD]

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Naomi Campbell Nailed Her Debut on Empire Last Night

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Image: WENN

Model, reality TV star and now primetime actress Naomi Campbell made her debut on Fox’s new show Empire last night. And while the appearance was glorious, it was all too brief.

Naomi plays Camilla, secret girlfriend of Hakeem, the young son of Empire record executive Lucious Lyon played by Terrence Howard, who’s poised to inherit the company. The model makes a grand entrance in a nightclub (with that signature walk, of course) rocking a gold sequin jumpsuit. Later in the episode, we see her making out with her shirtless young thang as she requests for him to be more public about their relationship. Her intentions do seem a bit suspicious — she seems to be quite focused on Hakeem’s possible takeover of the record label, so we’re expecting quite a bit of drama to unfold on that front.

Producer and co-creator Lee Daniels said we were in for a “beautiful” performance from Ms. Campbell. Not that we would know from this one episode since she was in it for probably less than five minutes. Still, we look forward to seeing more of Naomi (she appears in four episodes) living her best life and making out with boys half her age who call her mama.

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Chanel Hits the Road in 2015 with Shows in NYC, Seoul and Rome

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Image: Imaxtree

We hope Karl Lagerfeld’s private plane is all fueled up because he will be doing a lot of traveling this year now that Chanel has announced it will put on shows in New York City, Seoul and Rome. The French fashion house is set to show its Paris-Salzburg Métiers d’Art show again in New York City come March 31. There is no word as to whether or not the models from the first show, namely Cara Delevingne and Kendall Jenner, will be walking this time around, but it should be quite a spectacle, as Chanel shows tend to be.

In May, Chanel will be off to Seoul to present the cruise collection at the Dongdaemun Design Plaza, a cultural center housing shops, conference and art halls, as well as a wealth of other spaces. Architects Zaha Hadid and Samoo designed the building, which looks like something out of a Star Trek movie with its fluid shape. 

Come December 1, the label will show its Métiers d’Art collection in Rome. 

That’s quite a few stamps for the Chanel passport!

[via WWD]

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Mixed Reactions for Steven Klein’s New Jimmy Choo Spring 2015 Campaign (Forum Buzz)

Theoretically, Jimmy Choo’s new Spring 2015 advertising images come complete with all the right components for a successful campaign. The luxury accessory brand tapped an established photographer, worthy models (including actor Kit Harington, who also stars in Jimmy Choo’s Man fragrance campaign) and more importantly, the accessories take center stage. It sounds ideal, right? Although a handful of our forum members aren’t so convinced.

Ad Campaign Jimmy Choo Spring 2015 Ondria Hardin

IMAGE: WWD.COM

“Ondria doesn’t fit this vibe at all…” gossiping disapproved.

“Awful. What [did] they do with beautiful Ondria? She looks so bad here,” added narcyza.

MON shared the same sentiments: “Ondria, sadly, didn’t bring any energy to this campaign. Ugh this could pass as a U.S. Vogue feature.”

“Carolyn Murphy or Amber Valletta would have killed this!” suggested Chanelcouture09, who went on to say, “I do still love it though, I think he’s an interesting choice and he looks fantastic. I actually want the shoes he has on in his second picture posted in the first post…they’re just lovely.”

Things soon started to shape up. “Very Terminator vibe, I’m not sure about the execution. Kit looks very good in his shots. Not too sure about Ondria. I like only her eyeglass shot,” posted Benn98.

“This is so, Steven Klein…I Love It!” raved justaguy, admiring the fact Klein lensed the campaign.

Also enthusiastic about the campaign was kokobombon: “Very Klein, I´m loving this. Way better than the past few seasons, finally an interesting direction.”

Check out the full campaign along with the commercial inside the thread here. Don’t forget to add your own two cents!

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