Karl Lagerfeld's been busy educating others recently. First he taught Mary-Kate and Ashley a few things about marriage and babies, and then he delivered a speech to the fashion flock at The Fashion Group International's Night of Stars last week that sounded a lot like a fashion manifesto. Here are some gems we learnt from the Professor of Fashion.
He doesn't approve of the red carpet all that much
‘Fashion is today also about big shows like Hollywood productions. In the past, designers made fashion history by dressing people who had a real life in those clothes. We should learn a lot from that. Red carpet (another invention of our times) helps to distort fashion by giving it a fake and too glamorous face.'
He doesn't believe all the media hype
‘The great designers of the past were certainly not humble people, but they worked in the days before media buzz. What helps most of us a lot in a way, promotion (and self-promotion), did not exist before. It's also something that makes our approach to fashion different (too different?). But what will survive from all that?'
He's haunted by the past
‘It is difficult to work out your own vision of fashion without being haunted by the beauty of the work of the people before us - even if they were also not immune to all kind of influences and inspirations to achieve a strong vision and a unique style.' [WWD]