It must be hard to be Karl Lagerfeld. Being the best at what you do brings both success and a great deal of pressure. Is there something this man cannot do? And yes, he knows he is above and beyond anyone else. He has no competition in the fashion world. Karl is in his own category: untouchable. Follow Karl and you’ll never be démodé.

“I’m not a frustrated writer or architect, I’m frustrated by nothing at all, and frustration is the mother of all crimes. Ambition? I have no ambition. I just want things in a certain way…I don’t want to be a teacher. I don’t want to inform others through myself. In that way, it’s all for myself. I’m the most selfish person in the world. Being selfish, I take care of others.” (Prestige, March 2008)

For Fall 2009 Couture, Lagerfeld toned down the usual Chanel theatrics bringing simpler silhouettes and a surprisingly wearable couture collection. He stayed true to French couture traditions: soft ivory, intricate lace details, beading, and ruffling. There were no exuberant crinoline dresses (perhaps Karl is not so selfish after all in recession times) but classic Chanel silhouettes: the mini skirt, classic short jacket, bolero jackets, long slim coat, little black dress, simple long two-tone gown, ruffled gown, and off course… hats!

classic suit with signature two-tone booties
(I can’t wait for fall so I can wear my lace tights again after so many years)

little black dress (with a fabulous hat)

skinny long black coat

two-tone elegant gown

ruffled two-tone gown (OMG!)

it gets more beautiful up close

this hair makes me want to cry

Karl Lagerfeld poetry. Karl, your voice is music to my ears… most of the time.

Next up: best of the rest from Fall 2009 Couture… Armani, Dior, Saab, Gaultier, Givenchy, Lacroix, Mabille, Valentino.