Karl Lagerfeld’s Secrets to Creativity and Productivity

As the legendary German-born fashion designer touches down in New York City to show Chanel’s Métiers d’Art collection, he offers up some characteristically quotable wisdom.
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Karl Lagerfeld’s Caroline Lebar on the Art of Tarts

QUEEN OF TARTS: The ever-disciplined Karl Lagerfeld may not be partial to pastry himself, but the designer on Thursday threw open the doors of the Saint-German flagship of his namesake brand for the launch of the second volume of tart recipes by his longtime communications director Caroline Lebar.
Fans including Nicole and Jean-Jacques Picart got in line to have copies of the book signed as Lebar’s son Louis Cussec — aka DJ Kuss — manned a set of decks at the store’s entrance.

Jean-Jacques and Nicole Picart 
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Lagerfeld, who was on a shoot, could not attend the book signing in person but lent his support by phone, even if pies are not his thing.
“I’ve never had him try one. Besides, I only make them when I’m in the country,” said an upbeat Lebar, who confessed that she’s relatively new to the baking game. She first dabbled in pastry after buying a country house four years ago.

Louis Cussec 
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“Before that I had never made a tart in my life, but we had fruit in the garden and I didn’t want to see it going to waste. I would buy ready-made pastry from the local store and started posting tarts on my Instagram account for

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Baz Luhrmann on Karl Lagerfeld’s Staging Genius

SHOW BUSINESS: “I’ve always maintained that if Karl [Lagerfeld] gave up his day job he’d be the world’s greatest opera director. He’s so great at the mise-en-scène, and creating gigantic operatic moments,” said Baz Luhrmann, who joined guests including Cindy Crawford, Vanessa Paradis and Monica Bellucci at the Chanel show Tuesday in the Grand Palais, presented against the backdrop of a vast waterfall set.
“He’s a brilliant stage director, he really is,” added Luhrmann, who said the scenery made him think of the Niagara Falls but also his homeland, Australia. “That brown waterfall, and I love the way the water is shining in the sunlight this morning. It’s great that the Grand Palais has access to the outdoor environment because you can’t create that light—that looks so real up there. It’s brilliant. I guess with Karl, you always ask what’s next, how much bigger can it get?”
“Baz says it reminds him of Niagara Falls, I don’t know, I thought it was something oriental because of the shapes of the trees and the rock,” said Luhrmann’s front row neighbor, Mario Testino. “I was wondering who is throwing the water over the top,” he laughed. The photographer’s current projects include opening more playgrounds in his

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Lily-Rose Depp, 17, Is Karl Lagerfeld’s Latest Chanel Show Bride: See Her Show-Stopping Gown

Lately, it seems as though every major fashion house has eschewed their usual troupe of elite supermodels and Instagram It-girls in favor of the all-star children of equally all-star parents. If you need any further proof of that fact, a quick glance at Dolce & Gabbana’s front row and subsequent ad campaign will convince you. But while this trend may be a new tactic for some brands, Chanel has long endorsed these celebrity scions, which was clear at its latest haute couture show when Lily-Rose Depp walked in the finale gown.

The grand finale dress at Chanel’s couture show has long been considered a coveted spot, showcasing the house’s creative director Karl Lagerfeld’s current muse of the moment in a grand wedding gown. Everyone from Cara Delevingne to Kendall Jenner has filled the recognized runway spot.  This year the honor was bestowed on Lily-Rose who although not officially a model has posed for the brand’s eyewear campaign and walked in their show in the past. For this collection, she walked the mirrored runway at the Grand Palais in a huge, ruffled baby pink gown featuring a voluminous skirt and sleeves with a corseted bodice, a peter pan collar and a large belt.

Naturally, her mother and another former Chanel muse, Vanessa Paradis, sat front row at the show to support her daughter alongside her aunt Alyson Paradis.

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Of course, while their appearance may not have been the major headline from the affair, fashion week’s favorite faces Kendall Jenner and Bella Hadid were also in attendance, albeit in much more covered up ensembles than we’ve seen them wearing out on the streets lately. Kendall wore a glittering silver gown with a plunging neckline, feathered peplum and sheer bottom, while Bella wore a similar look in black but with a patterned skirt and matching boots.

What do you think of the new Chanel collection? Would you like to see Lily-Rose walk in more shows? Sound off below!


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