Karl’s Everyday Life
Next week’s issue of French Elle, due on newsstands Friday, promises to show Karl Lagerfeld like you’ve never seen him before. It’s all staged: A turn-the-tables ruse as the couturier launches his masstige clothing line Karl. In the background of the whimsical eight-page feature, models Saskia de Brauw and Caroline Brasch Nielsen can be seen wearing Lagerfeld’s graphic, rock-influenced togs as he goes about his fictional daily business.
In the accompanying interview, Lagerfeld marvels at the selection of junk food at grocers: “It’s the first time I’ve stepped into a supermarket. It’s crazy — fascinating what one can buy. There’s enough here to easily gain 20 kilos.” He also makes clear the world is better off he’s a chauffeur-driven kind of guy. “I haven’t driven since I was 18,” he recounts, “and that’s a benefit to society because I ended up in a ditch, without knowing why!”
InStyle Makes Italian Edition
A new fashion magazine is supposed to hit Italian newsstands this year. Sources in Milan say that Mondadori is about to launch the Italian edition of InStyle magazine and that a mock-up will be shown to fashion companies in April. The launch of InStyle will allow Mondadori, which already publishes the weekly Grazia and the monthly Flair, to complete its offering in the fashion segment with a luxury publication.
Time Inc.’s InStyle, which currently counts 15 editions worldwide, including in the U.S., the U.K., Spain, Australia, Brazil, Indonesia and South Korea, declined to comment.
Athleta Stops in Chicago
Athleta, the trendy women’s activewear catalog, plans to open its first Chicago store on April 4, the retailer announced in an email to customers. The 3,800-square-foot store, at 3415 N. Southport Ave. in Lakeview, is part of owner Gap Inc.’s campaign to move the online merchant into brick-and-mortar stores.
Athleta operates 10 stores with locations in California, New York, Minnesota, Pennsylvania and Washington D.C. Two more stores — one in Houston and the other in Manhasset, N.Y. — are slated to open this spring.
– Taneisha Jordan
Source: WWD; Chicago Tribune