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Lagerfeld Confidential

Well I guess it’s that time again. This time I watched Lagerfeld Confidential. After watching Coco Before Chanel I decided I wanted to learn more about Chanel. More specifically how the brand has evolved from what it was when Coco Chanel started it, to what is has become today. Not to mention Karl Lagerfeld is a creative genius and huge influence. So why not try and get inside his head a little?

Nobody learns anything from success. You only learn from your mistakes.

Let me just say, I LOVED it. Karl Lagerfeld is so fascinating! As we know, Karl Lagerfeld is the head designer and creative director of Chanel, thus making him one of the most influential fashion designers in the world. That’s not all he does! He also has his own line, Karl Lagerfeld and he designs for Fendi. No big deal or anything. He is also responsible for turning the company around. When he took on Chanel it was a dying brand. However, he skillfully turned that around.

Karl Lagerfeld is actually quite funny, which surprised me. I guess designers have a reputation for being assholes so I figured he wouldn’t be any different. Boy, was I wrong! “I hate hard workers. Things must appear to be casual.” WHAT?!?

Also, with all the responsibility and pressure he carries I figured he would constantly be consumed in thoughts of the future. Wrong. He very much lives in the present. He states that he does not go to bed thinking of fashion. It consumes his subconscious but he does not “obsess about dresses.”

Because I love change; I'm attatched to nothing.

What makes him so great, beside the fact that he’s insanely creative, is that he is incredibly decisive. In this business that is crucial. It’s always, “on to the next.” He has a vision. He creates these beautiful ideas and sketches, makes a collection, shows it, then moves on. He is very detached. He understands that fashion is ephemeral; it’s always changing.

The best reveal is that he wants to create an image that he is “ghost-like”, not real. He doesn’t even want to be “that present” in his closest friends and families’ lives. He says, “I don’t want to be a reality in people’s lives. I want to be like an apparition.” So he carefully conjures this image of himself that he puts on for the public: the uniform of black and white, the pony tail, the rings, the sunglasses, etc. He doesn’t even want to be filmed without his sunglasses on while he reads!

Overall, I highly recommend this film! The story line terribly strong but it’s gives perspective on the visionary that is Karl Lagerfeld. With that said, I guess it’s on to the next…

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Coco Before Chanel

In order to be irreplaceable one must always be different.
Watching The September Issue prompted me to start watching more fashion documentaries and films. In the last week I’ve watched The September Issue twice, Valentino: The Last Empire, and Coco Before Chanel. While I know that this movie was biopic and not a documentary it was certainly informative. The thing is, I’ve never been to interested in Coco Chanel or Chanel’s history. Don’t get me wrong, I love Chanel. Chanel’s pieces are incredible, immaculate, and they will always be in style. But everyone loves Coco Chanel. I have met so many Coco Chanel fans that it turned me off from delving deeper into her life. Which is quite tragic seeing as I went to Paris this summer and we went by Coco Chanel’s first apartment and her first store. Oh well, I’d rather learn about a more controversial (and less safe) designer like Vivienne Westwood. I know, Coco Chanel has changed fashion forever but I just wasn’t very interested. What can I say, I like to be different.
Maybe she's the reason I love stripes so much.
However, I am glad my neighbor talked me into seeing it. The movie follows Coco Chanel’s from her life as a cabaret singer, through her early years as a hat designer, to becoming a full blown fashion designer and having a runway show. Coco Chanel saw the world through different eyes. She was disgusted by how these upper class women let men dictate the way they should dress. She hated the way they dressed in these decadent, extravagant, constricting costumes. She thought things needed to be simpler. She raided the closet of the man she was living with and began to sew her own garments. She liberated herself from the restrictiveness of the women’s clothing at the time. She refused to wear a corset even though that meant “not having shape.” In essence she pioneered the idea of the “modern woman.”

The film doesn’t focus as much on the fashion design aspect of Chanel’s life as much as it focuses on her evolution as person that led her to become the powerful and influential fashion designer. It shows how certain events in her life led her to becoming such a powerful woman which ultimately made her a distinct and avant-garde designer. Coco was a very headstrong and stubborn woman. She was never going to let a man define her, and throughout her entire life, she never did.

All in all I feel like I really bonded with Coco Chanel over this two hour film. I really got to know her on a whole new level. Turns out we are more alike than I previously thought. Coco Chanel wasn’t afraid of being different and going against the norm. She believed in style and class, yet she didn’t believe in following trends blindly. She believed that style means dressing to suit your body and personality. It’s ok to be unique and be yourself.


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Instant Coco Introduction

“In order to be irreplaceable one must always be different.”

-coco chanel

3.1 Phillip Lim Sequin Tie Back Tee

But this blog isn’t about Coco Chanel. This blog is about fashion and me, Courtney aka Coco.

It will be a combination of my two loves: instant photography and all things fashion.  (Oh and there will probably be lots of sequins!)