Haute Today

Karl goes Digital (Karl Lagerfeld for net-a-porter)
December 14, 2011, 5:46 am
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Last week Paris hosted yet another major event – this time bringing together the most influential audience in the Internet ecosystem.  There we saw top industry entrepreneurs, executives, investors, bloggers and what seemed an unlikely guest – Karl Lagerfeld.

Karl Lagerfeld

Karl Lagerfeld at LeWeb'11

The fashion’s grandfather is known to give preference to old-school paper and fax machines, but during his LeWeb interview, he confessed his love for Apple’s gadgets (he owns 20+ iPads mainly used for sketching) and displayed his excessive assembly of iPhones – all customised with his own silhouette on the back.

Lagerfeld's four iPhones and three iPods neatly tucked in the leather case by Céline

We all know Karl likes to dip his gloved fingers in many pies and right now he is working on the most anticipated project for the general fashionista – a more affordable clothing brand (with a very original name) Karl.

Anja Rubik

The Face of 'Karl' – Anja Rubik

Natalie Massenet from net-a-porter came along to announce the launch of a new collection, which will be available online exclusively from January 25th 2012. ‘Fashion today comes from a lot of pieces, it’s not a complete look. New things spice up what you already have. The approach is more casual because things are less expensive,’ – says Lagerfeld. Here comes the teaser:

Since Karl’s new clothing line will be completely launched online bypassing the traditional invitation-only runway and media showing, you can be the first one to see it! Register for updates here.

by Olga Titarenko

Chanel Resort Collection 2012
May 24, 2011, 3:36 pm
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Chanel has always been a symbol of timeless elegance, with its pieces gracefully aging into vintage treasures and looking equally chic on a puberty fille or her grandmother. With that in mind, one can’t deny that Mr. Lagerfeld took Chanel woman on a blooming journey through the years. Remember the delightful eye-pleasers from the 1990s?

Chanel Vintage Ad

Helena Christensen & Claudia Schiffer for Chanel

Oh how I miss the supermodels with their feminine yet ultra confident attitude… Last year, Kaiser Karl tried to bring that fun-loving quality back into Chanel’s world. To refresh your memory, Resort 2011 collection reflected the 1970s party atmosphere and was set by the ultimate people-watching spot – Le Sénéquier café in Saint Tropez with models arriving on motorboats and Georgia May Jagger with Sebastien Jondeau pulling up on a motorcycle to a Rolling Stones soundtrack.

Chanel Resort 2011 collection presented in St. Tropez

Chanel Resort 2011 collection presented in St. Tropez

Although Chanel Resort 2012 runway much like last season’s took place on the French Riviera, it had a dramatically different vibe. Held at the prestigious Hotel du Cap of Cap d’Antibes, the show began as the sun was setting, shedding a pink light over a pale-blue sea. “This is the time of day when you can tell real diamonds from fake,” Lagerfeld observed “and here, they are real.” The new Chanel woman is mature and a lot more sophisticated than her playful St. Tropez predecessor. Her bling are the real diamonds and pearls, but she no longer is a “pretty woman” playing nice to score a Classic Flap from her wealthy boyfriend. She is capricious madame, who tries to impress no one, dresses to please herself and makes no excuses for her oddities or whimsical behaviour. This is what her wardrobe looks like:

While we can sense a degree of extravagance, papa Karl says: “Too much may not be enough.”

by Olga Titarenko

Karl Lagerfeld + Rachel Bilson for Magnum Ice Cream
April 24, 2011, 10:05 am
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There was so much promise of it being delicious. Just think about: a movie shot by Karl Lagerfeld for Tribeca Film Festival starring Rachel Bilson eating ice-cream while being photographed by Baptiste Giabiconi. Sounds like you couldn’t go wrong… Be your own judge and let the video speak for itself.

Not thrilled? Didn’t think so.

Keira Knightley: Chanel Superwoman
Keira Knightley for Coco Mademoiselle

Shot by Mario Testino

It’s been 10 years since Chanel’s legendary ‘nose’ Jacques Polge revealed a magic combination of the Tunisian curaçao, Italian jasmine, Indonesian patchouli and Haitian vetiver amongst many other exotic ingredients of the vibrant Coco Mademoiselle. Since then teenage voguettes around the world found a reason to shop at Chanel. Papa Karl, we applaud you for taking a fresh look at the timeless elegance of Chanel Woman and creating a more relevant Chanel Superwoman. She wastes no time zipping from Place Vendôme to Place de la Concorde on her Ducati from the 70s stealing and breaking hearts along her way.

Directed by Joe Wright, captured by Mario Testino and accompanied by Joss Stone’s version of ‘It’s a man’s world’, ladies and gentlemen, please take three-something minutes to enjoy the story of Chanel Superwoman:

by Olga Titarenko

Quote of the Week
February 8, 2011, 4:45 am
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Karl Lagerfeld

Showtime by Baptiste Giabiconi

For many generations now the South coast of France allured the wealthiest of men and the finest of women to its’ shores. The opulent mix of its’ hedonistic lifestyle, picturesque landscapes and lavish soirées plants magical memories firmly into many jetsetter’s minds.

South of France's freshest talent, Baptiste Giabiconi

South of France's freshest talent, Baptiste Giabiconi

Having visited this glorious place a number of times over the summer, I’d like to add that the French bred men deserve their very own page on Haute Today’s website. Let’s start the Corsican Baptiste Giabiconi from Marseille, who launched his singing career just a few days ago. This club-worthy single, produced by no other than 50 Cent, says loud and clear ‘…Come and see me shine. I won’t stop, I’m the one starring in my life’

Baptiste has been shining for quite a while now, at least in Karl Lagerfeld’s eyes. Not only he has been prominently featured in Chanel’s print campaigns and runway shows, but also managed to forever replace Karl’s boy muse Brad Kroenig.

Karl Lagerfeld and Baptiste Giabiconi: taking runways to the streets

Karl Lagerfeld and Baptiste Giabiconi: taking runways to the streets

Baptise has no trouble translating any look under the sun whether it’s sophisticated, playful or seductive, but we like to see him in his own element, doing his own thing and evolving as he grows. Below are just a few of our favourites.

While Kaiser Karl compares this talented hunk to Gisele Bündchen ‘.. skinny, skinny but with an athletic body; good for clothes and great with no clothes’ I am convinced that he is a boy version of another Brazilian angel, Alessandra Ambrósio; and if I’m honest, I waited a while to see the male version of her.

If Baptiste was a girl, he would have been Alessandra Ambrósio

If Baptiste was a girl, he would have been Alessandra Ambrósio

There is no doubt, Baptiste is a supreme male model, but there is more to him than just that. His drive, ambition and determination set him apart from the rest and I hope we will see more of his own creations in the near future.

by Olga Titarenko

Bruno Jovanovic, the creator of Idole d’Armani

Bruno Jovanovic

At 34, Bruno Jovanovic is one of France’s youngest and most celebrated perfurmers. As a boy he was enthralled by fragrance and even renamed his family: ‘My father was Chamomile, my mother Violet, my grandmother Rosa.” Since 2002 he has created a string of ‘juice’ (as they say in the trade) for avant-garde clients including Donna Karan, Lamborghini, Karl Lagerfeld, Calvin Klein and Porsche Design. His latest is Idole d’Armani, which launched in Australia in September this year.

“It’s a tribute to the women who have inspired Mr. Armani over the years,” says Jovanovic, who has infused the fragrance with the notes of Clementine, per, ginger, jasmine and loukoum rose.

Q&A with Bruno

The smells I most remember from childhood are…
My mother’s fragrances. She was fond of powdery, aldehydic tones. She loved Calèche by Hermès.

The fragrance I wish I mhad made myself is…
Angel by Thierry Mugler, Feminite do Bois bu Shiseido and YSL Paris.

The ingredients I most like working with are…
Rose, and patchouli – it’s one of my favourites because it doesn’t smell like anything you know. It’s so powerful, intense and interesting. It’s a dreamlike and mysterious. And I love vanilla, it gives a universal dimension.

The most interesting trend in fragrance has been…
The attention being paid to the quality of raw materials. We’re not shy of heavier, oriental and leathery fragrances, which, during the 1990s, we tried to avoid. We’re going bac to more unique fragrances with more personality.

A disadvantage of having a heightened sense of smell is…
You get tired. There’s olfactory fatigue because you spend so much of your time smelling. I smell everything in the streets; I smell food, boutiques, flower shops, bakeries. There’s a game perfumers play to recognize what [perfume] people in the streets are wearing.

If not a perfumer, I might have been…
An F1 driver. I wouldn’t have been a good driver as I am a perfumer – and this is a long-lasting career.

If I’m ordering flowers for someone, they must be…
Tropical, exotic flowers like tuberose or jasmine – it depends on the person. But they’re for women with strong personality who are not afraid of the scent in her bedroom. Roses for others.

Credits: Air, a Qantas Magazine (Sep 2009)