Tag Archives: Karl Lagerfeld

Excellent Flashback: ‘Moratoire Noir’ – Jacques de Bascher’s Risqué Suburban Party for Karl Lagerfeld During Paris Fashion Week, 1977

Presenting the Excellent exclusive invitation to the notorious Moratoire Noir party. Organized by the Outstanding Jacques de Bascher de Beaumarchais, the 1977 event, according to Agenda Inc., “introduced the fashion world – for the first time – to the darker edges of the Parisian suburbs and Mapplethorpian quantities of leather. Said the Washington Post: “It was planned as a “nice party for all Karl Lagerfeld’s friends,” explained Count Xavier de Cadtella, who was dressed in a fluorescent orange-and-silver Star Wars getup. He was leaning over the catwalk above the black-walled, barren warehouse lit only by criss-crossing green laser beams. Below, more than 3,000 of the “friends,” all dressed in black as required on the invitations, gyrated to blasting electronic music. The scene was La Main Bleue, Europe’s biggest disco located in Montreuil on the edge of Paris, an area where many African workers live. Started by Jean Michel Mouhac as a club for blacks, it soon became the chic place for fashion stars and swingy socialites on certain week-nights, much the way harlem once was the “in” place in New York.” Intrigued? Please click HERE for additional titalation.

Excellently attending: The invitation to Jacques de Bascher de Beaumarchais' notorious Moratoire Noir party. Image via Agenda Inc.

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Excellency at Home: Karl Lagerfeld in His Paris Apartment, October 1970

Presenting a scene from L’Amour, filmed in October, 1970 in fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld‘s apartment, Paris, France. Starring Karl Lagerfeld, Donna Jordan, Jane Forth, Patti d’Arbanville, Max Delys, and Michael Sklar. Written and directed by Andy Warhol and Paul Morrisey.

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“Tons of people who buy [luxury items] don’t have a life that you can call a life of luxury … private jets and all this. Real luxury is limited to very, very few people. People can dream, when they have a Chanel bag, that they live in luxury, but luxury is, in fact, something else.”Karl Lagerfeld, speaking to The Luxury Channel

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Excellent Reflections: Picture Me: A Model’s Diary, Directed by Ole Schell

Presenting, just in time for global Fashion Weeks, the official trailer for Picture Me: A Model’s Diary, the candid backstage documentary directed by Ole Schell, who, according to press reports, “followed model Sara Ziff for several years documenting her rise from a fresh face to one that adorns billboards and magazines around the world. In the process, Ole and Sara go behind the scenes and chronicle the glitzy world of high fashion modeling, from photo shoots with celebrated photographers to runway shows in New York, Milan, and Paris. This intimate account features in-depth interviews with noted photographers and designers, but also relies on footage shot by the models themselves, giving voice to those who are often seen, but rarely heard.” With glamorous appearances by Gilles Bensimon, Karl Lagerfeld, Nicole Miller and many Outstandingly Excellent and quite fashionable others.

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Couture Report: The Haute Lion Kings of Karl Lagerfeld for Chanel

Presenting Les Demoiselles de Chanel: A bride, accompanied by her groom, dressed as a Lion King, during the finale of Karl Lagerfeld‘s presentation for Chanel Haute Couture at Le Grand Palais in Paris, July 6, 2010.

Queen and King: The finale of Karl Lagerfeld's presentation of Chanel Haute Couture. Twitpic image via Stella Magazine.

And more…

Chanel Haute Couture. Twitpic via the Excellent Susan Tabak.

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The Undeniable Ultra Lux Excellence of Philippe Morillon

Remembering and applauding His Excellency Philippe Morillon, French painter, photographer, and art director (Vogue Paris, Egoïste, among others), and the books featuring his Outstanding work: Ultra Lux, with forewords by Andy Warhol and the punk rock critic, and dandy, Yves Adrien, published by Editions Walter in 1981, and Philippe Morillon Une dernière danse ? 1970 -1980 Journal d’une décennie (Philippe Morillon: The Last Dance? 1970-1980 Journal of a Decade) with a preface by Karl Kagerfeld, recently released by Lagerfeld’s Editions 7L imprint via  Steidl. To view further examples of Phiippe Morillon’s Excellency, please click HERE.

Djémila chez Serge Krüger, 1977, by Philippe Morillon.

A 1975 self portrait of Philippe Morillon as a young man from his book Ultra Lux, published in 1981 by Editions Walter.

Photos de Philippe Morillon de 1 à 40 ans, 1990 (Photos of Philippe Morillon from 1 to 40 years old, 1990) by Philippe Morillon.

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Milan Report: The Fur-Adorned Excellency of Karl Lagerfeld and Silvia Venturini Fendi for Fendi

Presenting two Excellent looks from Karl Lagerfeld and Silvia Venturini Fendi‘s Fall/Winter 2010 collection for Fendi, featuring an Outstanding fur coat with a sliced-out arch in the front, plus thin elegant almost fabriclike fur wrap dresses and an ultraluxe lynx coat priced at 250,000 euros. For evening. Transparent body-hugging dresses with billowing sleeves.  Full collection slideshow at WWD.com.

Look 1 from Karl lagerfeld's Fall/Winter 2010 collection for Fendi.

Look 27 from Karl Lagerfeld's Fall/Winter 2010 collection for Fendi.

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Presenting Karl Lagerfeld‘s “Neon Baroque” looks for Chanel‘s Spring/Summer 2010 haute couture collection, shown at the Pavillon Cambon Capucines.

Karl Lagerfeld's pale pastels for Chanel Spring/Summer haute couture. Image by The Moment via Twitter via Tweetphoto.com.

Pretty in pink: more pastels at Chanel. Image via The Moment via Twitter via Tweetphoto.com.

Bride and groom: Models Abbey Lee and Baptiste during the Chanel finale. Image via The Moment via Twitter via Tweetphoto.com.

Backstage beauty at Chanel. Image via VougeParisLive via Twitter.

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Toasting a new year. The Excellency continues on January 4, 2010.

Forever toasting His Excellency Jacques de Bascher de Beaumarchais, left, with Karl Lagerfeld, in Paris, circa the Outstandingly Excellent 1970s.

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Presenting His Excellency Karl Lagerfeld, in Shanghai, discussing his work ethic, competition, and how he is “built for the battlefield” on Talk Asia on CNN. Full interview airs December 23, 2009.

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