Saturday, 20 March 2010

Style Snippets: Raf Simons x Vogue Hommes Japan, Jeanne Lanvin’s Apartment, Karl Lagerfeld in Vice Magazine & the Lego Kitchen

1) Raf Simons archive pieces shot by Pierre Debusschere for Vogue Hommes Japan:

Scans are from The Fashionisto, which is a really good blog for men’s fashion.

LOVE this. Despite a few slightly dubious seasons recently, Raf will always be my fashion god... the things I would do for the pyramid bomber jacket!

2) Jeanne Lanvin's Paris Apartment

Jeanne Lanvin, the founder of her namesake fashion house, lived in a spectacular Art Deco apartment in Paris, decorated by Armand-Albert Rateau in the early 1920s:

The apartment has been recreated within the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris where (I believe) it can be viewed. Click here for more information.

3) Karl Lagerfeld’s interview in Vice Magazine

Interviews with Karl Lagerfeld are always a treat. His latest, with Vice Magazine, does not disappoint. First, I just love the accompanying portrait of Lagerfeld, in his private library, standing in front of (part of) his legendary book collection. Second, his answers are brilliant. Here are a few choice extracts, but I really do recommend clicking the link at the end to read the interview in its entirety if you haven’t done so already.

[On his omnipresent sunglasses] “They’re my burka… A burka for a man. I’m a little short sighted, and people, when they’re short sighted, they remove their glasses and then they look like cute little dogs who want to be adopted.”

[On being asked to remove his sunglasses by an interviewer] “I had an interview once with some German journalist—some horrible, ugly woman. It was in the early days after the communists—maybe a week after—and she wore a yellow sweater that was kind of see-through. She had huge tits and a huge black bra, and she said to me, “It’s impolite; remove your glasses.” I said, “Do I ask you to remove your bra?””

[On holidays] “I was a beach boy in my youth.”

[On charity] “Do it, be charitable, but don’t make a subject of conversation out of it because then you bore the world to death. It’s very unpleasant. But I don’t go out a lot so I’m not so exposed to people.”

[On children] “If I were interested in children, I would be a godfather—or a godmother.”

[On homosexuality] “When I was a child I asked my mother what homosexuality was about and she said—and this was 100 years ago in Germany and she was very open-minded—“It’s like hair color. It’s nothing. Some people are blond and some people have dark hair. It’s not a subject.” This was a very healthy attitude.”

[On his childhood] “And of course I was very successful with pedophilia.”

[On sex] “I admire porn… I personally only like high-class escorts. I don’t like sleeping with people I really love. I don’t want to sleep with them because sex cannot last, but affection can last forever. I think this is healthy.”

[On meat-eating] “I don’t like that people butcher animals, but I don’t like them to butcher humans either, which is apparently very popular in the world.”

[On communicating] “People I’m really friendly with have faxes. Anna Wintour has one. We speak via fax. And in Paris I send letters to people... When I speak English I am one person, when I speak German I’m another, when I speak French I’m another.”

[On Latin] “When I was 10 or 12 years old I could speak Latin like I speak English. But I cannot speak Latin with French people. I don’t understand the way they pronounce it. For me, they don’t pronounce it right. But I love dead languages. Homer was one of the first books I read when I was starting to read. I think the Iliad is still one of the greatest books in the world.”

[On Andy Warhol] “I shouldn’t say this, but physically he was quite repulsive.”

It’s hard to know how much of what Lagerfeld says is part of a carefully cultivated public image and how much is natural, but either way he really is funny, and clearly is a genius in a number of different ways. I love that he still sends faxes too… there is something I love about faxing as well, but I haven’t been able to convince anyone else, except my optician in Paris. The thought of Anna Wintour and Karl Lagerfeld sending faxes to one another is brilliant.

Click HERE to read the full interview.

4) The Lego Kitchen

I have been meaning to post photos of the Paris home of designers Simon Pillard and Philippe Rosetti for a while now, because of their absolutely amazing Lego kitchen counter, and Lego chair. I LOVE the giant Lego man in the living room too, and the Lego head jar in the kitchen. The whole apartment looks very cool (there is something very French about how the bright, clashing colours have been pulled off with style) and it has been featured in several interior design magazines – I had one which I was going to scan, but then I found the pictures online too (via Coolhunter).


  1. Someone knows where to get the Raf Simons snake shirt online?

    Thanks for any help.


    sell Raf online. none of them have it yet, but they might get more stock because it's still early-ish in the season. it doesn't really strike me as the sort of piece that would be sold online though, somehow - not even sure if it went into production.

    you could try contacting one of the Raf shops in Japan(via Raf website)

  3. jeanne lanvin's room is perfect in so many ways, i've been quite obsessed with 30s design for a few years now. currently i'm looking for a 30s digital watch.

    the lagerfeld snippets are great! i always think he comes across either well or confusing. in a good way.

  4. Lanvin's home is far to ornate for my liking, but in his time it might have passed. Although modernism was already picking up steam by then.

    Raf Simons, I see the pair of shoes you own are also highlighted in the shoot. I can't believe you own such a pair, they look extremely well kept.

    The Lagerfeld interview is a gem. Bruce la Bruce is an interesting character in himself, his questions are just as funny as Karl's answers.

  5. Love the Raf Simons spread. I Love and always love Karl and think he is so funny and epic but the interviewer "Bruce" was so annoying, specially how he kept saying me too me too, he is such a psychopathic douche bag. But still love Karl.

  6. Love this post.
    I am really not sure about Karl as a person though. I admire him a designer of course, but I can't say I really like him. I guess it's not part of his public image to be likeable though.
    Haha and the quote about sunglasses "they look like cute little dogs who want to be adopted" did make me laugh.

  7. Love this post.
    I am really not sure about Karl as a person though. I admire him a designer of course, but I can't say I really like him. I guess it's not part of his public image to be likeable though.
    Haha and the quote about sunglasses "they look like cute little dogs who want to be adopted" did make me laugh.

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  9. I loved Lanvin's flat! Just like a pop art collage.

    I added Hapsical to my blogroll:


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