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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Rita Ora Rates Karl Lagerfeld’s Beard

RAINDROPS ON ROSES: The couture week rain clouds finally parted for Chanel’s French garden-themed couture show on Tuesday, with guests including Rita Ora, Marion Cotillard, Isabelle Huppert and Anna Mouglalis in attendance.
But not everyone was happy about it.
“I was trying to do a rain dance this morning because I really wanted it to rain,” sighed Ellie Bamber, dressed in a checked minidress and frilly sheer plastic cape. The actress, who is about to start filming a BBC adaptation of Victor Hugo’s novel “Les Misérables,” in which she’ll play Cosette, described the show as an “emotional experience.” “With the music and the set, it’s so fairy-tale and beautiful. And I loved all the collection’s details, down to the boots with the Perspex heels, the bits of sparkle and flowers.”
A hirsute Sébastien Tellier shared his opinion on Karl Lagerfeld’s new beard, which has been the talk of the town since he showed it at the Dior Homme show on Saturday.
“It’s a cool look for him, it’s a bit sauvage,” said the singer, whose album with Dita Von Teese is due out on Valentine’s Day.
Rita Ora said Lagerfeld’s whiskers fit with his general color scheme. “It’s amazing, I mean he can do no

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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 
Dominique Maitre

“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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Karl Lagerfeld’s Newest Capsule Collection

Karl Lagerfeld has a new capsule collection for his own line, for which he, and sometimes his cat Choupette, serve as the sole muses. To that end the new line is called Karl the Photographer, and includes ready-to-wear and accessories featuring Lagerfeld and Choupette in selfies, photo booth pics, Polaroids and pixelated abstracts. The collection riffs on Lagerfeld’s career as an accomplished photographer — he shoots all the campaigns for his own collection and has shot campaigns for Chanel, Fendi, Dior Homme and others, along with editorial shoots, and a slew of artistic projects for exhibitions or books.
“Photography is part of my life,” Lagerfeld said in a statement.
Karl the Photographer rtw includes a satin bomber jacket, silk blouses, sweatshirts, T-shirts, a silk dress and relaxed fit jeans, all in black and white, some with silver foil details and rhinestone appliqués. For accessories, there are two styles of zip-top totes, a leather camera crossbody bag with perforated details, a glittery camera minaudière, and a mini leather backpack. More merchandise includes keychains, phone cases and a printed scarf. Part of Lagerfeld’s pre-fall collection, the capsule launched earlier this week and is available at Karl Lagerfeld stores, select wholesale partners and karl.com.

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