The Bite Magazine - Spring 2019 - Issue 24

bite jewellery More than just a designer, Lagerfeld’s visionary talent went beyond the essences of fashion to include illustra- tion photography, styling and publishing. He may have told The Guardian in 2014, “I always think I’m lazy, maybe I could do better” but he was anything but that, and had proven this many times. Recognisable by his high collar, powered hair and huge dark glasses, this intriguing figure gave out insults like nobody’s business, like “to be sloppy after 25 is a problem. You have to be really fresh to wear stuff that doesn’t look fresh.” Love him or hate him, some of us couldn’t help but be fascinated by this man who started out by winning first prize in a contest organised by the Secrétariat Interna- tional de la Laine (International Wool Association) in 1954 for a sketch of a coat which led to him becoming an assistant for Pierre Balmain who produced the coat, at the age of 17. Three years later he became art director for fashion designer Jean Patou and in 1975, was one of the first freelancers in modern fashion industry, working between France, Italy, UK and Germany. Whilst he continued to collaborate with Fendi and Chanel as well as worked on his own brand, Lagerfeld had a creative hand in different fields. Becoming the first fashion designer to introduce a perfume, CHLOE in 1975, without having his own label at the time, he went behind the lens to start shooting his own campaigns in 1987. Since then, he had become renowned for his work as a photographer, and many of his images have been trans- formed into art books, published by Steidl. In 1992, he created 60 colourful illustrations for the classic fairy tale The Emperor’s New Clothes by Hans Chris- tian Anderson. Seven years later, he opened a bookshop in Paris called 7L and the following year, he became a publisher with the launch of the EDITIONS 7L publishing house which specialises in books about visual knowledge and photography. He went on to change his look after losing 42 kilograms (93 lbs) with a self-imposed diet, of which his experiences were turned into the book The 3D Diet. Lagerfeld was the first designer in the world to collabo- rate with H&M on a capsule collection of 30 pieces, and four years later his name was added to Le Petit Larousse Illustré, France’s most iconic dictionary. He also received the Couture Council Fashion Visionary Award from the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) in New York. In 2016 he designed costumes for the Brahms-Schönberg Quartet production at the Opéra Bastille in Paris and the following year designed two spectacular suites in the iconic Hôtel de Crillon in Paris. Before his passing, Karl Lagerfeld had created his first jewellery collection, featuring necklaces, earrings, bracelets and cocktail rings with modern, rock-chic embellishments and iconic details like crystals, studs, pearls and metallic leather. There are so many enchant- ing and gorgeous pieces in this collection that it would take you a long time to decide which ones would match your style. From the chokers, bracelets, earrings, cuffs and rings, each one has the emblem of Karl Lagerfeld that you can wear with pride. Adorned with Swarovski crystals for a glittering finish, the Double K Ring in a choice of Gold or Rhodium & Gun- metal with a composition of brass has the iconic KARL double K logo at the front that will make the rock on your finger the talk of any social evening. Why not couple this with the Double K Cuff in Gold or Rhodium-plated for a sophisticated and glamorous combination that would have you the centre of attention? The Double K collection also consists of earrings, choker and bracelet. One of the most interesting pieces in the collection is the Choupette Cuff in Rhodium which could be nicknamed the ‘cat’s meow’ thanks to the head shape of a cat. It stands out with a faceted choupette design adorned with Swarovski hematite crystals for a sparkling high- light. Another is the Double K Signet Ring in Rhodium which is inspired by the classic signet ring silhouette and is adorned with glittering Swarovski crystals on the front, while the double K logo with jet hematite crystals embel- lishes the side. Keeping with the cat’s head theme, K/Ikonik Choupette Charm in Gold and Rhodium with a lobster clasp has a playful and versatile design and is adorned with large, rose-cut Swarovski crystals for an accessible-luxe design. Both styles have the signature name ‘Karl’ marked on the back. The K/Ikonik Hat Charm in Gold and Rhodium and in the shape of a classic baseball cap is very eye-catching with the choupette ears at the top, the iconic signature across the front and sparkling Swarovski crystals on the visor. If you want people to know you are a huge Karl Lagerfeld fan, then the Karl Signature Drama Necklace in Gun- metal will ensure these intentions are met. The design is topped with glittering jet hematite Swarovski crystals for a statement finish while the inside is engraved with the designer’s signature. Or the Art Deco K Collar Necklace which will represent a cherished art piece around your neck. Along with matching earrings, the necklace embel- lished with clear and jet hematite Swarovski crystals will make you look very elegant. The Karl Signature Ring and Karl Cuff Bracelet are two amazing designs which are adorned with beautiful multi- colour fine pave Swarovski crystals – the first engraved with Karl’s signature and the second in a wrap-style of the signature. The Karl Block Ring in Rhodium is another standout piece which has the designer’s first name in bold lettering, atop a square backdrop embellished with glit- tering jet Swarovski crystals, while the Karl Star Ring in Gold is a chunky piece that is bold and creative and is designed from rows of stars scattered between the iconic Karl Lagerfeld logos. The Karl Lagerfeld SS19 jewellery collection is available online and at selected retailers.