Style Icon: Dame Zaha Hadid

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It’s been almost 2 weeks since the Dame Zaha Hadid has passed away and I still am in shock!!!

It’s not often an architect makes international headlines…But this Iraqi/British architect was often part of controversies. She was the first woman to win the Pritzker Award for architects. Some of her unforgettable works include the London Aquatics Centre (used in the 2012 Summer Olympics), the Vitra Fire Station in Weil am Rhein in Germany, China’s Guangzhou Opera House, the Serpentine Sackler Gallery in London, and the Riverside Museum in Glasgow.

In addition to her breathtaking buildings, she designed furniture, cutlery, shoes and jewelry with a similar modern aesthetic in mind, most recently she designed a beautiful cuff (that’s on my wishlist!) in partnership with the Danish firm Georg Jensen shown below.

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I must say that what I loved most about her was her style!! I thought (and still do think) that it was as unique as her designs and architecture … She was a fan of fashion designers like Yohji Yamamoto, Issey Miyake, Rei Kawakubo of Comme des Garçons, and Miuccia Prada…. She could be spotted in the front row of Christopher Kane shows during London Fashion Week .. she loved the fashion world and the fashion world loved her back!. Her many friends and fans included Stella McCartney, Donna Karan, and Karl Lagerfeld, who held his Chanel Resort 2016 show in her DDP building in Seoul.

“I like things that when you wear them, the form becomes very different from when it’s flat. I was fascinated first by Yohji Yamamoto and his asymmetry, or Comme des Garçons in the ’80s. There is a connection between architecture and fashion because of the way the body is placed within that space. I’m interested in fashion because it’s the immediate thing that shows you the temper of a particular moment”.

I personally loved seeing her in black capes, particularly ones by Yohji Yamamoto and Issey Miyake…

What a great loss! May you RIP Zaha.

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Karl Lagerfeld’s Commentary on the Queen’s Jubilee!!!

Karl Lagerfeld will be a fashion commentator on the France 2 network live during Queen Elizabeth’s jubilee this June…..Lagerfeld previously commentated on William and Kate’s wedding last year for the same network…. I loved it … Though his comments were sometimes a bit rude, they were really funny!!!…..For example, when he saw Princess Beatrice he said “Where did she find that hat, in a bin? It’s atrocious,” and I remember him saying “It looks like she’s wearing a sofa on her back!’ on another attendee’s tapestry coat!!!…I guess it’s more acceptable when old people say stuff like that? … In any case, he was more entertaining than any other commentator that day!!!


Karl Lagerfeld + Carine Roitfeld = Chanel Book

Carine Roitfeld and Karl Lagerfeld are collaborating on an upcoming book… A preview and a few details about the collaboration is in the November issue of V magazine.

The project, which is still being produced, revolves around the classic black Chanel tweed jacket. Lagerfeld has been shooting while Roitfeld has been styling a number of stylish women and men of different fields of life in order to show the many different ways this legendary jacket can be worn…… “This jacket is a vital and irrational impulse open to creativity and transformation,” Lagerfeld explains, adding “Especially in the hands of Carine Roitfeld”….. Can’t wait for the book to come out!….Here are 3 of my favorite images so far!

Via Chanel Book.

The Great Wall Of Books

Besides fashion, Karl Lagerfeld is known to be a true book lover. It is said that he owns an impressive library that contains around 300 000 books… ( trust me I did not add an extra zero here!).

He is so passionate about his books that he is calling his new fragrance Paper Passion.
He also has his own book publishing company, Edition 7L, and runs his own bookstore, 7L, on the Rue Lille in Paris. Combining his two passions in life, designing and reading.

But this is not what I want to talk about today ! The main reason for this post is the designer’s Paris home or more precisely the walls of books in his Paris home …..Would you just look at that?  Its like I have died and gone to book heaven! This is my dream family room! ….. Ahhhh to be surrounded by books … lots and lots of books all the time?….. Heaven!

I thought that my Husband and I had quite a book collection until I saw these photos … he certainly put our collection to shame lol . Most of his books are about art….. I would just do anything to go and look through his art books, and design books…. and….. All of his books!

If this was my place though ( oh how I wish that it was ) I would :

  • 1st of all I would child proof the whole room…. even though I like the staircase it is an accident waiting to happen.
  • I would make the place a bit more friendly and inviting so that my kids would enjoy being there and get encouraged to read.
  • I would make up my mind wether or not to the put the cuckoo clock under the stair case ( you can see it in the 1st two pictures but not the third )
  • I like the coffee table so I wouldn’t change that….
  • But I would never ever allow anyone to stand on IT !….. I mean what were you thinking Karl ? Whose great idea was that?….Let me guess! its yours