by Jeremy Danté


PARIS –  the scene opens in karl’s bedroom, which is filled with books from floor to ceiling, as stacks of magazines are seen as a four post-flourescnet bed sits amidst a mantle scattered with rings, ipods and you see karl himself shifting through drawers filled with his signature high collars. a living legend and patriarch in fashion, lagerfeld confidential gives you insight into the persona of karl largerfeld. karl is almost a modern day villain himself, inarguable influential in fashion and he spares no fucks when asked about his opinion on beauty, media and style. you get a retrospective look at both the life and career of the fashion genius, as he presents, and preps shows for chanel. along for the ride, you’re taken on a personal journey, where karl reflects on his german up brining, reveals his relationship with his parents, how he got started in fashion and even provides lessons on love. always entertaining, unforgettably unapologetic and forever entrancing, karl allows cameras to watch his every move as he travels, photographs, directs and designs. among my most favorite and one of many first fashion documentaries of my collection, you get a glimpse at the fashion high life, seeing karl’s goyard luggage being laminated for every flight he takes from paris to new york, and even see how he creates fashion sketches using chanel cosmetics. most intriguing is the scenes where male model brad kroenig is featured. industry murmurs were heard for quite some time regarding their alleged romance, and producers of the documentary pose questions of unrequited love to karl in the documentary. strategically edited, the dialogue of karl speaking on his feelings about love, are heard as scenes of a him photographing brad nude flash across your screen. among the most important forces in fashion history, this documentary is an essential selection for fashion documentary library and reveals the truth about high fashion. karl’s unabashed approach to honesty and art go unrivaled, even in today’s rapid paced world of high fashion. powerful and proven, lagerfeld exemplifies the very root of hard work and relentless vision; the documentary provides pure evidence of that. cameos from actress nicole kidman, archived footage of karl’s early days at chanel, combined with intimate creative processes at the house of chanel- it’s all very mysterious yet revealing all the same. a must see for every fashion kid, the doc reveals much of lagerfeld the artist, while leaving just enough to the imagination. disucssing everything from beauty and development to love and industry- karl keeps it all the way 100 in this fashion insight of a documentary.

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