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Tuesday, December 21, 2004

Unless J-Lo's people botch yet another great PR opportunity, the following news item guarantees the presence of Ana Beatriz on NYC catwalks in February. She is already promoting everything with the J-Lo brand on, including watches (just grabbed a promo A4 size glossy print from a store)

JENNIFER LOPEZ wants a piece of the catwalk action. The singer, actress and fashion designer will showcase the latest collection of her JLo by Jennifer Lopez album at New York Fashion Week in Manhattan's Bryant Park in February. This will be the first time Lopez, who herself has played model for Louis Vuitton, will experience the shows from behind-the-scenes. (December 21 2004, AM)

More weird news - not only is US Vogue sporting lingerie and swimsuit editorials (horror, horror !!!) but the sensual Melania Knauss will also be featured in the mag. Her relation with D Trump has nothing to do with it, of course - AW just likes attractive, sexy women.
J-Lo is on the January Vogue cover - Botox Wintour still doesn't like her, but she appreciates her advertising dollars.

The sophisticated Elena Rosenkova, who is predictably as well known in NYC as Diane Heidkrueger was before "Troy", appears in the 2005 Campari calendar, which I believe can be found in the Italian edition of MAXIM - pics here.

Adriana Lima's latest TIM Italia TV ad was shot in Miami in November - some pics from WireImage, here.

Trashmeister Karl Dept:
From a London Telegraph interview - on fat Americans, and more...

"...At 66 – or is it 71? – Karl Lagerfeld is still the world's most prolific fashion designer. But what he really wants is to dress The Queen in black, writes Olga Craig

...Mr Lagerfeld is the designer who, to the astonishment of the haute couture world, recently designed a collection for H&M, the Swedish high street label which sells dresses to the masses for an average price of £60 - significantly less than the cost of an haute couture buttonhole.

Days after the launch he berated the company for committing the cardinal fashion sin: making his clothes in sizes large enough to fit all their customers.

"What I didn't like was that certain fashion sizes were made bigger," he said afterwards. "What I created was fashion for slim, slender people." Vowing never to work for the company again, he sniffed: "The incomprehensible decisions made by the management in Stockholm have removed any desire I had to do something like that again." Since the average British woman is a size 16, H&M was horrified and asked Lagerfeld to apologise. He did not.

"...Mr Lagerfeld seems unruffled, although he admits that being fat is "not nice".

"Those who are undisciplined become fat. There is something distasteful about their inability to control themselves. To be thin takes control and rigour," he says.

... Last Monday, the Tommy Hilfiger Corporation, the brash, sporty American clothes label that used to be ridiculed by the fashion elite in the 1990s, announced it had acquired the trademarks of Karl Lagerfeld.

Although neither will disclose what Hilfiger paid for the trademarks - Karl Lagerfeld, Lagerfeld Gallery, KL and Lagerfeld - Lagerfeld had been searching for a buyer for two years. So think plenty of cash.

...The Lagerfeld labels never disclose their turnover, so there is no way for outsiders to know their worth.

He will, he says, be leaving the business side of things to Hilfiger's executives. "I can design an empire-line dress, but not an empire," he explains.

Didn't he feel that he might, shall we say, debase his reputation by linking his brand to Hilfiger?

"Do you mean did I burn my fingers with H&M?" he smiles. "No. And in doing it I proved that I can do both sides - haute couture and, um, um, this type." He doesn't say down-market but I assume it's what he means.

He insists the marriage will not affect his work as chief designer for Chanel and Fendi. "And America is buzzing at the moment, I love its creative energies," he says.

Big market, I agree, but also big people.

"Yes, it is true, America is a country full of big fat people," he concedes.

...At Christmas he will have his usual fare, no unwanted festive calories.

"It is a Saturday, a working day. It will be like no other. Christmas is for children, and I don't like children," he says.

"Other people's are fine. But not for me. I have never felt the need to be part of a family unit. Also, imagine if I had a child and he was mediocre. I would hate that. Then again, if he was better than me I might hate that too."

...He does not like his weight to drop below 60 kilos (nine stone) "because my face caves in, I look too old". It is understandable why, in the youth-obsessed world of fashion, Lagerfeld should yearn to look younger. He says he is 66 but if a German newspaper, which claims to have checked his birth certificate, is to be believed, he is actually 71.

No matter, he still looks younger than his years. "This morning I was 59 kilos," he says.

"I weigh myself most mornings. It is right that we should all look after ourselves. Women these days go to so much more trouble, quite rightly, to look after their appearance. If they want cosmetic surgery, why not?"

Would he consider it?

"Oh everyone said I had liposuction, but I didn't. Nor have I had a face-lift." His hand moves to his powdered white hair, pulled back in his trademark ponytail. "Anyway, with my hairline, a lift would show," he declares.

...He was the son of an elderly industrialist who made his fortune introducing condensed milk to Europe, and a somewhat eccentric mother who specialised in criticism. Usually of Karl. She once tore up his diaries, saying that the world did not need to know how stupid he could be.

...Lagerfeld is clearly obsessed by his looks. That he should want to control his appearance, even after death, does not surprise me. I was informed before our meeting there was absolutely no chance of bringing a photographer to the interview.

Instead Caroline, his private assistant, has a selection of pictures. In many of them Lagerfeld can be seen holding his right hand tightly at waist level. This is because he takes the pictures himself, in a mirror. Then the tiny camera he is holding is airbrushed out on a computer. Photography, he explains, is an abiding passion, his second career.

....He is currently working on his March collection which, he says, will centre on 18th-century gowns. "Not the big dresses, though," he tells me....


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