October 4, 2011

Evanescent Metamorphoses

Karl Lagerfeld is one of the greatest people in fashion.  Out of all the designers in the world, he produces the highest number of collections per year, and even at the age of 77, there's nothing the Kaiser can't do.  It's well-known that Karl often makes his own films to go along with his collections, and I would like to bring one of these films to your attention.  I don't often watch fashion films, but this film that accompanies Chanel's Pre-Fall 2012 collection, called Evanescent Metamorphoses, is able to, in two short minutes, capture the essence of Chanel.  In the film, model Kristina Salinovic transforms from androgynous to feminine in a series of dream-like metamorphoses.



Despite the stark contrast of the first masculine look with the last ladylike look, every single outfit featured in the film is true to the image of Chanel.  Coco Chanel revolutionized fashion with her masculine suits, and this is demonstrated in the first half of the transformation with biker look that Karl has integrated into Chanel, and the classic Chanel tweed jackets.  And although Chanel's fashions took inspiration from menswear, there continued to be a certain feminine sophistication in her designs.  This is seen in the second half of the film with the jewelry, sheer fabric, and ruffles.  The Chanel woman has always been about these two opposites, and Karl effectively gives life to this in the film.  Aside from being a designer, Karl Lagerfeld is an artist, a celebrity, a photographer, a director...and the list goes on.  He might not know it, but he's constantly going through his own metamorphosis.

Video Source: Youtube

16 comments:

  1. FIrst of all I agree with you: Karl is amazing despite his age he is the only one who can make all those shows (fendi woman and man, chanel rtw and haute couture, lagerfeld man and woman) and he is also a photographer and a wonderful person that doesn't even try to complain about the number of collection he has to make. (as ELbaz, Alaia...did).

    I don't watch fashion movies as well but this one is very nice, I agree wtih everything you say I think (maybe you don't need that I tell it...) that you really understand the Chanel's philosophy and Cocò's mind.

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  2. I wholeheartedly agree. Karl possesses such an amazing talent and his creativity knows no bounds

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  3. Totally agree, Karl Lagerfeld IS amazing!!! and a surprisingly very intelligent man (I know... I never expect designers to be)....The video is amazing too...

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  4. Beautiful, I love this video !
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  5. i totally agree! amazing!

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  6. This is just incredible. Karl will forever be an idol in my eyes! :)

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  7. Sooper like! It's amazing how he has manged to create a piece of art. And does so every now and then, and recreates himself. No wonder the man is a genius and a legend.

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  8. I totally agree!
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  9. Hi lovey. Yes, Karl Lagerfeld is such an incredible talent. Thanks for sharing the video with us. Hope you have a wonderful week!

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  10. All the information stated is very helpful for us...I like how the short video was conducted...we should post a sample video like that too in our website?....Hooray to Karl Lagerfield, one of the best inspirations of all time for a 77 !

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  11. I didn't know he was 77! Much respect for the Karl, much respect. He is also directing movies for ice cream- did you see his film for Magnum ice cream with Rachel Bilson? Odd pairing up if Karl is in, all bets are off.

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  12. I totally agree with your analysis. I don't usually watch fashion shorts (I kind of find them boring) But, i did enjoy watching this one. It was well done and quite beautiful.
    -Madeleine

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  13. I love your description, you really captured the essence of this fashion films and I totally agree with you about it!

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  16. I had no idea he was that age! Beautiful video, truly captures the essence of the brand.

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