Karl Lagerfeld Finds Modern Marriage Problematic


Did you wake up this morning, yearning to hear Karl Lagerfeld‘s thoughts on marriage? Well, out with it, Karl! “Marriage was invented when people died at 30. Now they marry at 30 and have to do it for 60 years. Perhaps it should be based on more than sex. The idea that you will never look at anyone else, that is a problem.” The Kaiser says he will be watching Kate Middleton and Prince William‘s wedding. “Royalty is good for the crowd.” Of Middleton, he says, “She is a lovely person with a beautiful body. I like her nose.” [Vogue UK]

Beyoncé and her back-up dancers wear Alexander McQueen Fall 2010 collection (the last season overseen nearly to completion by McQueen himself, before his tragic death) in a forthcoming video. Beyoncé has also been snapped on the video set in Roberto Cavalli and Givenchy couture. [RCFA]

Christie’s is auctioning a batch of René Gruau prints. [Vogue UK]

Four mock-ups of Rachel McAdams‘ forthcoming Elle cover leaked on Twitter. Oops. [ONTD]

And here’s Lady Gaga‘s Harper’s Bazaar subscriber cover. [DS]

Prada banana-print nails. Cool manicure or coolest manicure ever need it now OMG gimme gimme mind blown? [The Fader]

Designer Bijan Pakzad, famous for his yellow Rolls Royce and his over-the-top aesthetic, died this weekend aged 67. Here’s a 1998 ad for the cologne Bijan released with Michael Jordan. [HuffPo]

  • Donatella Versace says she doesn’t feel threatened by celebrity designers. “I think it is more a question of marketing. Some of these collections are for cheaper, mass market fashion. I don’t think that creativity is there.” Versace also claimed her creativity emanated from “liv[ing] among real things.” [Reuters]
  • Hannah MacGibbon, the Chloé designer whose future at the house was reported by the Times to be in jeopardy, will design one more season. Her contract has been extended by six months. Tight leash. [WWD]
  • Designer Henry Holland and models Agyness Deyn and David Gandy ran the London marathon this weekend. Holland had the best time, at 3:28. Deyn ran in 4:45, and Gandy in 4:35. The winner was Emanuel Mutai, with 2:05. [Vogue UK]
  • Here’s some more information about Sophie Cranston, the latest designer rumored to be making Kate Middleton‘s wedding dress. Cranston founded her label, Libélula, in 2002. She previously worked for Alexander McQueen and Alice Temperley — two houses that have also been tossed around as potential designers of The Dress. Middleton wore a black velvet vintage-inspired Libélula coat with a plunging neckline and a diamante clasp to a wedding earlier this year. [HuffPo]
  • PeTA says, again, that the crocodile and lizard skins used in Victoria Beckham‘s handbag line are not harvested humanely. Beckham’s PR folks say they follow all applicable regulations and source from responsible gator farmers. [CM]
  • Cathy Horyn, on Daphne Guinness‘s plans to dress for the Met Ball in Barneys New York‘s window: “Do I think my friend is nutty? Yes, a little. Brave, definitely. And I am far from confident at this stage that anyone can create a performance-art piece with fashion that will mean anything, least of all in a luxury store window on Madison Avenue, and a time when apparel isn’t selling so well. But I’ll go anyway, just to see.” [On The Runway]
  • Isabel Toledo, on the question of fashion as art: “I don’t consider myself an artist — I am a designer first and foremost which for me is a process of service. The art part for me is a given — it’s the source of impulse to design–but the expertise of the design part is my primary focus when I am working on a collection.” [Fashionista]
  • Sarah Mower on Alexander McQueen: “Looking back, I realise McQueen was already thinking about how he would be remembered, even in his early thirties. ‘Hopefully,’ he remarked to me in 2003 — I was interviewing him while Sam Taylor-Wood was photographing him sitting on a gilded throne in a sinister subterranean Masonic Temple in the City of London, holding a bird of prey, as live pythons writhed over a semi-naked models impersonating Adam and Eve at his feet — ‘I will go down as a point in history.'” [Telegraph]
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