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Vogue, May 1989 This image ran with an article on food phobias by Jeffrey Steingarten. Photographed by Irving Penn. One of Anna Wintour’s selections of favorite Vogue editions, on Pinterest.

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Voguepedia | Karl Lagerfeld
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Photograph by Annie Leibovitz. Published in Vogue, December 2003.

Lagerfeld has become far more than just a fashion phenomenon. With runway conquests at the houses of Chloé, Fendi, and Chanel, and as a remarkable barometer of the twenty-first-century zeitgeist, he is an industry unto himself. In a business that tosses the word “icon” about with reckless abandon, he is genuinely iconic, wielding his trademark fan and his repertoire of witticisms—sometimes provocative, often amusing, and always Karl. Old enough to be the grandfather of some of his Parisian competitors, he is a modern Oscar Wilde, a black-leather dandy with a rock-and-roll pout.

In the deep, all-knowing German voice that could belong to no other, Karl Lagerfeld declared in 1984, “I would like to be a one-man multinational fashion phenomenon.” In this—as in so many things—he was, if perhaps not self-effacing, extremely prescient. Today, the influence of his designs is rivaled only by the infamy of his ever-present dark sunglasses (“They’re my burka,” he has professed), his magnetic pull towards controversy, and his tendency to say things like, “Vanity is the healthiest thing in life.”

Fifty-seven years after Vogue first showed readers Coco Chanel’s innovative LBD in 1926, the company was placed in Lagerfeld’s studded, fingerless-gloved hands, and neither the LBD nor Chanel were ever the same. “My job,” Lagerfeld has said, “is to bring out in people what they wouldn’t dare do themselves.” In a way, this is what he did for the Chanel image, as well: Its elegance and dignity had lost their clout among the sixties generation of jeans-and-miniskirts-wearers, but Lagerfeld was able to transform the house into the ultimate purveyor of bad-girl chic (wealthy bad girl, that is). He was, it turned out, the perfect designer to bring the nodding camellias back to life. “Tradition is something you have to handle carefully, because it can kill you,” he told Vogue in 1984. “Respect was never creative.”

In his first years as creative director, Lagerfeld was accused by some critics of going too far—so far as to desecrate their hallowed memories of Chanel. He threw so much leather and chains into his early collections that his old friend Yves Saint Laurent balked: Chanel, he said, had become “frightening, sadomasochistic.” “Who can say what is good taste and what is bad taste?” the designer has countered. “Sometimes bad taste is more creative than good taste.”

Although he has a love of the eighteenth century—he views it as both the most polite and the most modern period, a time when “no one was young; no one was old. Everyone had white hair”—Lagerfeld is firmly planted in
the now. “Fuck the good old days,” he told Vogue in 2004. “Today has to be okay, too. If not you make something second-rate out of the present.”

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photo: Norman Jean Roy

“She’s nuclear,”[1] Santo Versace once said of his bronzed, feline sister, Donatella—a designer known for living large, flashing her 20-carat canary diamond, smoking cigarettes kept in custom-wrapped packs, and generally living in her own special DST (or Donatella Standard Time). Her high-voltage diva persona is easy to spoof, but, being Donatella, she is able to join in and laugh.

Gianni Versace, the original head designer of the house of Versace, and his kid sister were thick as thieves. It was he who encouraged his fashion-addicted sibling to go blonde at eleven; it was she who later courted the celebrities and models that became such important representatives of the glitzy company. “I like to have fun and fun, all the way,” Donatella told The Independent in a 2006 interview. “I also like to share good times with my friends. Gianni liked all that, but as soon as he was sure that people around him were having a good time, he was like, ‘OK, you take care of them, I’ll go to bed.’ ”[2]

To read more about Donatella Versace, fashion maven:
Voguepedia | Donatella Versace

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….or gilding the lilly Versace style! Spring 2012 Haute Couture

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