Monday, January 12, 2009

The Enigma of Karl Lagerfeld

Karl Lagerfeld has earned his reputation as one of fashion's most mysterious characters by being eternally elusive with the media, so I was quite surprised to find that in 2006 cameras were allowed behind-the-scenes access to the offices and atelier at the House of Chanel. Not surprisingly, the first few frames of the first episode shows Karl waving a skinny ring-clad finger at the camera shouting, "No! No!"- there was clearly a period of adjustment.
I'm hoping that the resulting TV mini-series "Signe Chanel," available on Youtube, will answer some of my burning questions, such as "How does Karl design 20 collections a year?" and most importantly, "Does he ever take off those sunglasses?" The first episode ends with one of the assistants at Chanel dialing an endless list of phone numbers, hoping to get in touch with Karl. It's somewhat comforting to know that it's not just the media that Karl is avoiding: seems that he is a master of both style and stealth.


  1. Still in shock that Chanel let them film, but it is fabulous, so I'm glad that they did.