Karl Lagerfeld

Who coined the term prêt-à-porter?

Gaby Aghion, founder of Chloé, coined the term prêt-à-porter back in 1952. She hired Karl Lagerfeld as director of Chloé in 1966. A succession of other notable designers has interpreted the house codes of chic Parisian femininity – among them Martine Sitbon, Stella McCartney, and Phoebe Philo.

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Chloé – SS 2014 ready-to-wear

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David Beckham’s new H&M underwear collection

Crouching on a rooftop in his pants, the former footballer displays new pieces from his David Beckham Bodywear collection for the Swedish high-street giant. From pants and vests, to long-sleeved loungewear T-shirts, Beckham models the whole collection himself, while running around semi-clothed on the rooftops of London.

David Beckham’s new H&M underwear collection

H&M, Swedish multinational retail-clothing company, is ranked the second largest just behind Spain-based Inditex (parent company of Zara), and leading over the United States based GAP. Guest-designer collaborations with Karl Lagerfeld, Stella McCartney, Viktor & Rolf, Comme des Garcons, Roberto Cavalli, Lanvin, Versace, Sonia Rykiel, Maison Martin Margiela, Jimmy Choo. Beyonce is the brand face in 2013 and her advertising campaign draws heavily on Knowles’ personal style.


The trainers that Karl Lagerfeld sent out with every look of this week’s Chanel couture show are only available as part of each couture look, meaning the pricetag is likely to be pretty eye-watering. “However, we always have similar versions in our commercial and ready-to-wear collections,” a spokesperson for Chanel assured everybody.

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Fashion Designers | Karl Lagerfeld

I started with Chanel in 1982 with the first haute couture collection. When I took on Chanel, it was a sleeping beauty. Not even a beautiful one. She snored. But he owners knew that. That’s why they called me. They saw that respect doesn’t sell. Respect never works. So I was to revive a dead woman who most people believed to be definitively dead.” (Karl Lagerfeld in the “Lagerfeld Confidential” documentary, 2004)

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This week, Karl Lagerfeld opened a new exhibition in Germany.

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Fashion News | 11-Dec | Chanel

Kristen Stewart is new face of Chanel. She first met Karl Lagerfeld in January 2012 during a photo shoot in Paris, when she was photographed in Chanel Couture. Kristen Stewart also appears in Balenciaga’s Florabotanica campaign. The star follows in the footsteps of Keira Knightley and Diane Kruger, who have also fronted adverts for the brand.  [More about Fashion names and facts at Haute Couture Mind]

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