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Quote of Note | Karl Lagerfeld

Karl Lagerfeld and Stella Tennant at Chanel’s Paris-Édimbourg 2012/13 show, held last month at Linlithgow Palace in Scotland. (Photo: Anne Combaz)

“It’s very important to [show Chanel collections] in a very special way, because today, everything is shown on the Internet and on television. When you have a show with only a girl coming out of the door, crossing a runway, it’s OK for fashion freaks but the public get bored very quickly. There has to be some magical surrounding. That’s why I went to Scotland to this castle where Mary Stuart was born, and it was quite a magical moment….Normally I try to find a vague connection. For Scotland, it was easy because her lover was hunting with her in Scotland and it’s is how she discovered tweeds, even if our tweeds have nothing to do with her tweeds of the past, but that’s not the subject. She went to Venice a lot, that’s why I did a show in Venice. She had a Russian lover, and loved Russian art, and so I did it in Russia. I try to find a connection, but the connection is often very vague.”

-Karl Lagerfeld, interviewed by Bridget Foley this week in New York at the WWD CEO Summit

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Cuddle Up with Karl Lagerfeld

steiff karl.jpgOr at least the soon-to-be-released Steiff teddy bear version of the designer, photographer, bibliophile, and all-around cultural icon. Next Friday in Berlin, the German plush toy manufacturer will premiere its limited edition Karl Lagerfeld bear (pictured at right). The ursine Lagerfeld, made of white alpaca wool and standing 15 inches tall, sports aviator sunglasses and what looks to be the tiniest ever Dior Homme ensemble; the initials “K L” sparkle from his jewel-encrusted belt buckle. Lagerfeld approved all aspects of the bear, which will sell for approximately $1,500 on Steiff’s website. “I really love animals, particularly when they are stuffed with cotton or polyester,” said the ever-quotable designer. “That way you can guarantee that they won’t bite, won’t claw, won’t smell bad and make your things dirty.”

Lagerfeld isn’t the first German-born celebrity to be immortalized by Steiff. Last fall, the company released its Pope bear, a white mohair tribute to the election of Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger, the first German Pope for 500 years. And Steiff went the extra mile to get the satin cloak-clad Benedict XVI bear just right. Not with bright red shoes, but something far creepier: according to a press release, “Using a special dyeing process, his eyes have been matched to the actual colour of the Pope’s eyes.”